Completely alone under the scorching sun in the heart of the desert, a mile from the nearest water source and any other vegetation, the Tree of Life in Bahrain is one of the most remarkable phenomena of nature.
The Tree of Life or Sharajat-al-Hayat is located on a sandy 25 m high hill, 2 km from Jebel Dukhan. Its roots go deep into the golden sea of sand. The mystery of the tree's survival in such harsh conditions made it a legend among Bahrainis. Each year many people visit The Tree of Life.
This 400 year old mesquite tree has been baffling the minds of scientists and biologists. Although they did come up with several theories to explain this phenomenon, these theories are quite implausible, and the Tree of Life remains a mystery. Some people believe that the tree has massive long roots that go way deep into the earth, reaching the deepest water sources, however it hasn't been scientifically proven yet.
The locals have their own explanations when it comes to the mysteries of the Tree of Life, and their theories have little to do with science. Many believe that this is the actual location of the Garden of Eden, while Bedouins are convinced that the tree was blessed by Enki, the Sumerian God of water.
Tree of Life is one of the most famous attractions in Bahrain. Since it grows right in the heart of the desert, you should really make sure that your vehicle is functioning fine, get enough gas, and stock up on plenty of water. You should also drive carefully – many tourists get their cars stuck in the sand, not being used to a different terrain.