They’ve just opened the new extension at the Seef Mall in Manama. This extension cost around $40 million!
I went for a quick visit this morning and I was impressed with the newly created spaces. There are hardly any shops open at the new extension other than a couple of coffee shops, but just walking along naturally lit marble and clean and spacious areas make me want to shop!
This mall, by the way, is 30% owned by Bahraini needy (poor) families. They were granted that ownership shares by the king, because of the number of families involved, they don’t receive much dividends, but for a poor family, any money is good money.
Anyway, see that guy (guard) who is coming out of the main gate? (You might need to see the full sized picture to see him) He wasn’t happy about me taking pictures and walked with determination toward me (whistling and shouting “hello hello”) I completely ignored him and continued to take the pictures. When he came next to me he told me that it wasn’t allowed to take pictures. I politely told him to bugger off. He can’t stop me from taking pictures of a bloody building. The ready excuse that it was an instruction from management came out, to which I told him to gather all his managers and bring them down to take a nice cooling dip in the nice fountain they’ve just built and that I am not ready to respect such a law.
He was utterly confused, but smirked in understanding and left me alone. I can understand if they did not allow teens obviously taking pictures of girls as they might have ulterior motives, but banning people from simple snapping pictures of buildings they admire is a bit, well, dead-headed.
Regardless, I’ll wait a couple of months for the shops to actually open, and then I might go and take permission from them to shoot a vlog inside the new extension.
For the technically inclined; I’ve shot a series of 6 pictures on my Sony Ericsson K810i mobile phone and then stitched them on my MacBook using a program called AutoPano.