Bahrain is an archipelag of 33 islands, the largest being Bahrain Island, at 55 km (34 mi) long by 18 km (11 mi) wide. Known for its oil and pearls.
The Pearl Monument was one of Bahrain’s most memorable landmarks. It was made up of 6 dhow (Arab sailing ships) “sails” going up into the heavens with a gigantic pearl resting on its pinnacle. The 6 sails represent the 6 Gulf countries, while the pearl represents their being united by one heritage. The Pearl Monument served as a beautiful reminder of the old days of Bahrain, when diving for pearls was the main industry in country.
Monument was destroyed on March 18, 2011, by government forces as part of a crackdown against the 2011 Bahraini uprising.
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