Bahrain and Google Earth

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A slideshow showing the properties of the Bahraini Royal family, composed of Google Earth imagery.

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Bahrain and Google Earth

  1. 1. How many people live in Manama? And how many property owners are there? Who is allowed to enter the city? And what’s the density of its population? Ask the same questionsfor this “Bahrain” island over here! Same scale!
  2. 2. They call this a private That’s OK. But just be … and did theproperty (owned by a reminded that it’s twice owner of it member of the ruling family) as big as Sadad village… pay for it?!
  3. 3. This is Malkiyya. How many times of Malkiyya’s population can this area accommodate?But sorry… Not for sale!Owned by a ruling family member! Legal?!!
  4. 4. What’s this?! It’s the King’s favorite property!It’s the size of Malkiyya, Karzakkan, Sadad and Shahrakkan together! What’s in there? Here you go…
  5. 5. That’s right… An island!Look for the yacht… And note the size of it…
  6. 6. A golf course…
  7. 7. A horse track…
  8. 8. … and the main facility
  9. 9. Just to the near South ofBilaj Al-Jaza’er
  10. 10. A’ALI Shahrakkan & part of Zallaq… The entire area is owned by Al-KhalifaCompare the size and color of the two areas!
  11. 11. Southern part of Bahrain. Thinking of going there is trespassing! And hey! What’s that spot?! That’s THAT!Nasser Bin Hamad’s manor!How did he get it?!!!
  12. 12. In the middle of nowhere… Rumaitha Palace(Hamad Bin Issa manor “one of them”)
  13. 13. UOBF1 “Small” mansion! A little bit a bigger one. Compare the size of it against UOB and F1 track
  14. 14. Constitution of Bahrain Article 11 [Natural Resources]All natural wealth andresources are State property.The State shall safeguard themand exploit them properly,while observing therequirements of the security ofthe State and of the nationaleconomy. Aren’t these State properties that ought to be exploited properly!!!!??? Why are they not?!!
  15. 15. That’s Rifa’a National StadiumPrime Minister’s!
  16. 16. Prime Minister’s – ZOOMED IN!
  17. 17. Illegal distribution of property is estimated tobe 200 KM2 since independence (out of 665 KM2 total land area) = 30% of Bahrain’s total area = USD 60 Billion!
  18. 18. Rifa’a The Palaces! King’s Place (~8% of the size of Hamad Town!) i.e. his place’s area can host atHamad Town least 6,000 Bahrainis!!
  19. 19. King’s place (palace) – ZOOMED IN!
  20. 20. The palaces (two slides above) ZOOMED!
  21. 21. A second look at Al-Safriya mansion, a King’s property… This area can accommodate at least 30,000 Bahrainis!!
  22. 22. West Hamala… WOW!
  23. 23. Hewar Island Ruling familyproperty, again…
  24. 24. Hoorat A’ali.It was declared a national park (reserve) in 199x by Isa Bin Salman. Look what happened to it in the next slide…
  25. 25. It became a private property!!!Who’s the new owner?!!
  26. 26. A beautiful Island thatno Bahraini is allowedto enter except for the one who occupied it!Mohammadiyya Island
  27. 27. This is Janabiya… Sorry, this was Janabiya… Now, most of it is owned by one thief… “Massive” area…
  28. 28. Tubli Bay… How big is this piece of land? Al-Khalifa! All private lands…
  29. 29. Its area can resolve all the Housing problems in theOm Al-Na’asan Kingdom… It’s owned by one person! It also costs ~ $ 3 Billion!
  30. 30. And now… I’ll leave you with some pictures of“their” palaces andmanors on the westside of the island…
  31. 31. Under Construction!
  32. 32. You have seen where they live.Now, see the miserythey caused to our people…
  33. 33. People, actually live here!
  34. 34. Compare the two playgrounds!
  35. 35. This is how our government and Al-Khalifa leave Bahraini’s to live… In absolute despair…
  36. 36. This is the Southern part of the Island…Can you see any populated or inhabited areas? N0! Then why are theyreclaiming the sea to build the Northern City? Because…The cost of reclaiming the sea is BD 76 Million! Who’s the chief of beneficiaries? BINGO!
  37. 37. Tubli Bay (revisited) … once upon a time was one of the wealthiest naturalreserves in the middle east. Its area has beenreduced from 25 KM2 to 11 KM2 and iscontinuing to reduce The value of the illegally-distributed property in this area is estimated by $ 3Billion, most of whichis owned by the ruling family and their people
  38. 38. An island with no beaches…All those beaches are forbidden to the public, for no good reason!The coastal line of allBahrain islands is 161 KM long.More than 90% of this line constitutes privately-owned(illegally-possessed) property.
  39. 39. To accommodate theentire population of Bahrain, all what’s required is 35 KM2.
  40. 40. Over the past 30 – 40years, 70 KM2 of sea was reclaimed! This means that the government can grant every family a free piece of land (only from the dumped sea)! Are we still lands-scarce?!!

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