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Bahraini city named Islamic Culture capital

MANAMA, January 25, 2018

The Bahraini city of Al Muharraq has been named the ISESCO (Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) 2018 Capital of Islamic Culture for the Arab region in recognition of its rich culture, heritage and historical importance to the Gulf region as a political, trading and economic centre.

Located on the eastern shore of the country, Al Muharraq was formerly the capital of Bahrain until Manama rose to prominence in the early 20th century.

Home to many architectural landmarks and ancient artefacts that pay testament to its heritage and historical importance, Al Muharraq is also known as an established centre for contemporary and ancient Islamic art.

To mark the occasion, Islamic culture ministers and leading dignitaries will gather for a special reception on January 28 at the historic Arad Fort in Al Muharraq under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain.

Shaikha Mai Bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, President of Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, said: “The recognition of Al Muharraq for its rich heritage and contemporary and ancient Islamic art shines light on one of the many hidden cultural gems we have dotted throughout the country."

"Bahrain is a welcome destination for visitors thanks to our mix of authentic culture, ancient heritage, traditions and modern infrastructure. We have an exciting diversity of attractions to offer visitors from all around the world," she stated.

Landmarks and highlights include the Pearling Path, a UNESCO world heritage site and 3.5k trail which is home to numerous historical buildings, the defensive fortress Arad Fort, Shaikh Isa bin Ali House, and many other historical buildings that reflect the story of Muharraq.

Cultural tourism plays an integral role in Bahrain’s steady path towards sustainable economic diversification and growth. The contribution of the tourism sector to Bahrain’s non-oil GDP increased by 37 per cent in 2016 and annual tourism revenues are estimated to reach $1.5 billion by 2020.

Bahrain’s tradition as a regional destination will be further enhanced throughout 2018 with a year-long cultural events program that will include the hosting of the 2018 Unesco World Heritage Committee meeting.-TradeArabia News Service




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