Fun for all the family, the annual 9 day consumer fair features thousands of products from around the world. From handy household items to mouth-watering food stalls, popular fashion to children’s toys, new to market products to old favourites – the Autumn Fair has something for everyone!
Now in its 25th edition, the Autumn Fair is Bahrain’s largest and most popular consumer products show. This well established retail fair showcases a wide array of merchandise from across the globe, ranging from specialty foods to textiles, and furnishings to electrical goods.
The unique atmosphere created by the Autumn Fair consistently attracts over 150,000 shoppers from Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, whilst also acting as an important sourcing venue for distributors and agents in the Gulf region. The entire exhibition centre becomes a colourful bazaar, transformed by traders who have traveled from far and wide to Bahrain, bringing with them their country’s best exports. The largest international groups assemble to form national pavilions and include countries such as China, Egypt, Yemen, Kuwait, Turkey, Syria, UAE and Pakistan.
Recently renovated Sheikh Salman Bin Ahmed Al Fateh Fort popularly known by the name Riffa Fort near the beautiful Hunanaiya Valley is often the playground for local children who seems to never cease to get excited in front of any camera.
In fact, this photo was a result of the insistence of those who would not allow the exit without a snap or two. Here you will see them posing for the photos… Surrounded by desert, this fort is one of the best places to feel the intensity of the wind that blows over the desert sand at night. One can also enjoy a gahwa or a karak tea and Bahraini snacks on the terraces of Saffron Cafe during the warmer days…
A stroll, on a Friday morning, through one of the oldest traditional markets in Bahrain is often a good experience.
Spending time with the local, friendly people, browsing through the many bric-bracs and antiques can be rewarding with an occasional catch here and there. One of the other rewards for the patient photographer is a frame that reminds of bygone days… if you are not with me, take a deeper look at their eyes…
He was trying to build a home when my 11 yo daughter first saw him. It was a bright sunny morning one summer. She alerted me saying she had found a good subject for me to spent the rest of the day with; or till lunch is ready-whichever comes first. As I approached my subject carefully with the camera, he appeared as if I would not bother him much. He soon proved to be a subject where I should go for a close-up shot. And that was when he bravely defended his territory or patch. He faced me… faced the lens… even waved his forelimbs as if to say “Go away” or rather “Come closer, if you dare”.