In the middle of the Bahrani desert, there stands a single tree-- the only form of greenery for miles. Perhaps this is why it's called The Tree of Life (or Shajarat-al-Hayat in Arabic) but its unique placement isn't the only reason the tree has been given this moniker.
Located 2km from Jebel Dukhan, the tree sits atop a 25 foot high hill, which formed around a 500-year-old fortress. The Tree of Life is notoriously hard to find, and even with directions, you're guaranteed to get lost in the desert before stumbling upon it.
When you finally do arrive there, you're sure to be shocked at the sheer size of it. At 32-feet-high, the tree's immense branches are awe-inspiring, as is the age of the tree itself. At 400-years-old, this tree has survived a good part of Middle Eastern history. In 2010, archaeologists began discovering pottery and various other artifacts near the tree, which are believed to date back to the Dilmun Civilication.
Further, there is no sign life anywhere near the tree-- no water (and barely any rain) and very few animals, so the fact that its survived for centuries adds to the mystery of the Tree of Life. Many locals feel that the tree's longevity is because of Enki, the mythical God of water, who gives the tree life.
With over 50,000 visitors a year, it's not surprising that tourists have tried to carve graffiti or their initials into the trunk; but an iron fence was recently put in place to protect the landmark.
Though TripAdvisor reviewers warn that the Tree of Life is a bit out of the way, this Bahrani treasure is worth the hike!