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A View of Budaiya Beach
A View of Budaiya Beach
Budaiya is located in Bahrain
Location in Bahrain
Coordinates: 26°12′46″N 50°26′50″E / 26.21278°N 50.44722°E / 26.21278; 50.44722Coordinates: 26°12′46″N 50°26′50″E / 26.21278°N 50.44722°E / 26.21278; 50.44722
Country Bahrain
Governorate Northern Governorate
Settled 19th century

Al Budaiya (Arabic: البديع‎) is a coastal town located in the northwestern region of Bahrain Island, in the Northern Governorate of the Kingdom of Bahrain. It neighbors the villages of Diraz and Bani Jamra.

Budaiya is the most fertile area in the country, irrigated from a large concentration of freshwater springs and aquifers. It is the location of most farms, stables, and traditional gulf family farms/retreats nakhal. The town serves as one end-point of the Budaiya Road, which runs to Manama. The regions on either side of road are colloquially referred to as Budaiya.

The biggest problem the Budaiya Road region is facing is deforestation due to a waves of construction, and the seeping of sea water into natural underground aquifers as a result of the pre-construction building process of the Mina Salman seaport in the 1950s. Budaiya Road is still remembered as one of the only "naturally shaded" parts of Bahrain where thousands of wild palm trees acted as filters from the hot, glaring desert sun. Most of the trees were cut down to expand the route and 'modernize' the area.

The town was founded by the Dawasir tribe, but most of the tribe left en masse to mainland Saudi Arabia in 1923, after a conflict with the British colonial authorities. Many Dawasir tribe members later returned to Budaiya, and they continue to play a leading role in the village today. Prior to the discovery of oil in Bahrain, most Budaiya residents were involved in the pearl diving and fishing industry.

Today the Budaiya Road region houses European and American expatriates living in the kingdom and has few a places that serve as a niche to the youth Bahraini subcultures (Goth, skater/punk, etc.) This is mainly due to the central location of the Skate Shack park.


  • Fuad Ishaq Khuri (1980). Tribe and state in Bahrain: The transformation of social and political authority in an Arab state. ISBN 0-226-43473-7

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Bahrain News Agency
Fri, 24 Jul 2015 10:14:05 -0700

Manama, July 24 (BNA): The Budaiya citizens have denounced Iran's interference in the kingdom's domestic affairs, stressing that the recent hostile statements represent a blatant encroachment on the kingdom's sovereignty and a violation of all ...

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Trade Arabia
Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:30:00 -0700

On Saturday a Bahraini suffered multiple injuries in an accident on Budaiya Highway after he lost control of his vehicle near Shakhoora at around 6.30am and smashed into a set of traffic lights and a number of parked vehicles. - Reuters. ADVERTISING. 5. 5.

Trade Arabia

Trade Arabia
Thu, 23 Jul 2015 17:22:30 -0700

Plans to demolish three more houses are underway in Budaiya and Duraz, while technical reports are being drawn up for three others in Demistan and Malkiya. Al Arabi said it could take up to a month to demolish a property after finishing all legal ...

Trade Arabia

Trade Arabia
Mon, 13 Jul 2015 21:30:00 -0700

There is another site in Al Qaddam, off Budaiya Highway, and no-one knows why it is fenced off. It could be removed immediately. “We don't need such huge spaces kept aside for history – anything symbolic in a small area would be enough.” Buhamood said ...

Trade Arabia

Trade Arabia
Mon, 13 Jul 2015 01:53:57 -0700

... which offers a multitude of options for compound living, is still a popular choice and with the hangover from historic civil unrest dissipating, many tenants are recognising the value benefits offered in the Saar, Budaiya and Janabiya locations ...

Bahrain News Agency

Bahrain News Agency
Wed, 14 Jan 2015 06:57:23 -0800

Manama, Jan. 14. (BNA) -- The Bahrain Noor El Ain Festival has joined the popular local Farmers' Market in Budaiya in preparation for the Festival's Garden Bazaar launching on Saturday January 17 and lasting one week. The frequently visited Budaiya ...

Trade Arabia

Trade Arabia
Sun, 28 Jun 2015 22:27:56 -0700

It affects development in the Northern Governorate, which includes settlements off the Budaiya Highway, Saar, parts of Hamad Town and some areas on the west coast. The decision has been taken after agricultural land was reclassified, allowing owners to ...

Trade Arabia

Trade Arabia
Sat, 27 Jun 2015 17:33:45 -0700

... the owner of Zayt Zaytoon, reported the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication. Another restaurant in the new Sultan Centre Mall in Zayed Town is expected to open soon. Other Zayt Zaytoon branches are on Exhibitions Avenue, off Budaiya Highway ...

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