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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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Wed, 19 Aug 2015 17:45:00 -0700

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Mon, 24 Aug 2015 00:30:00 -0700

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Sat, 15 Aug 2015 17:33:45 -0700

Muharraq Municipal Council chairman Mohammed Al Sinan confirmed that special cages had been constructed to catch the strays and transfer them to the veterinary clinic in Budaiya for neutering. “Our staff are being trained by BSPCA officials as we plan ...
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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Gulf Digital News
Mon, 17 Aug 2015 17:00:00 -0700

Two proposals to construct an intermediate school for girls in Budaiya and earmark land for a convention hall in the Southern Governorate were discussed. Tribute was paid to former Justice, Labour and Social Affairs Minister the late Shaikh Isa bin ...

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Gulf Digital News
Mon, 10 Aug 2015 17:11:15 -0700

AN Indian worker whose body was found inside a car in Riffa on Saturday died of natural causes, according to the Interior Ministry. Rajesh Gopalakrishna Kurup, 40, worked as a driver for a family in the Budaiya area, but had not contacted his wife ...

Gulf Digital News

Gulf Digital News
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:56:15 -0700

Copies of Go Set A Watchman have been readily available at Virgin Megastore in City Centre Bahrain since its release on July 14, while other bookshops in Bahrain such as Jashanmal in City Centre Bahrain and Seef Mall and The Bookcase in Budaiya ...

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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:56:15 -0700

... The Three is the need for explanation when tragedy hits. Varying points of view are successfully assumed by the various narrators that bring their own perspective to the story. Pick up a copy of The Three by Sarah Lotz at The Bookcase in Budaiya ...

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