Contest #729: Sharajat-Al-Hayat (Tree of Life), Bahrain

The Sharajat-al-Hayat or Tree of Life has stood alone in a brutally harsh climate for over 400 years in a remote desert location. It is an approximately 400 year-old, 9.75 m (32 ft) high Prosopis cineraria tree located 2 km (1.2 mi) from Jebel Dukhan, Bahrain. The tree stands on top of a 7.6 m (25 ft) high sandy tell that formed around a 500-year-old fortress.

The tree is a local tourist attraction, as it is the only major tree growing in the area. The tree is visited by approximately 50,000 tourists every year and the tree often is damaged by graffiti carvings. It is also believed to be the site for cults practising ancient rites. Since October 2010, archaeologists have unearthed pottery and other artefacts in the vicinity of the tree.

Trees and shrubs of Prosopis genus are extremely well adapted to arid environments with one of the deepest known root systems.

Found before the hint:

  • Graham Hedley
  • Lighthouse
  • hhgygy
  • Eloy Cano
  • Garfield
  • Phil Ower

And after the hint :

  • Paul Voestermans
  • LawnBoy
  • Martin de Bock
  • Robin
  • C K Watkins