|11 December, 2019

Bahrain gearing up for Dubai Expo 2020

Bahraini art and culture will be showcased at the international expo, which is expected to attract 25 million visitors

District 2020 will be at the heart of Dubai South, an emerging master-planned city.

District 2020 will be at the heart of Dubai South, an emerging master-planned city.

EXPO 2020/handout via Thomson Reuters Zawya

Culture authorities have been working round the clock in preparation for Bahrain’s participation in the highly anticipated Expo 2020 Dubai.

Bahraini art and culture will be showcased at the international expo, which is expected to attract 25 million visitors from around the globe under the theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’.

Details of the country’s participation were revealed yesterday by Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (Baca) president Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, who stressed the importance of this international participation.

“This is an exceptional opportunity for Bahrain and the GCC, as well as the entire region to promote our unique culture,” she said.

“We want to promote Bahrain on this beautiful platform as there will be millions of visitors that we can attract to our kingdom and our unique and beautiful environment that is different than the other GCC countries.

“We can showcase our unique cultural and archaeological sites of Bahrain as well as our unique national identity which is different than the other Gulf countries.”

Bahrain’s pavilion at the expo has been innovatively designed to portray the concept of density and its role in creating promising opportunities.

The GDN previously reported that the 2,000sqm structure was designed by Swiss architect Christian Kerez, who envisioned it as an open path of exploration into concepts of creativity.

Shaikha Mai was speaking during a meeting held with the Press as part of an initiative launched by the National Communication Centre (NCC) called ‘Conversations with a Government Official’, where she also revealed that key projects along the Pearling Path will be completed in 2020 in order to attract as many visitors as possible for cultural tourism.

These include houses along the path, four car parks, as well as the general facilities required by a large number of visitors.

She also said the pedestrian bridge transporting visitors from Bu Maher Fort to the heart of Muharraq will be finished by April 2020.

This is in addition to other projects aimed at making Bahrain a destination for cultural tourism such as renovations to the traditional Suq Al Qasariya in Muharraq, which will to be complete by May 2020.

Shaikha Mai also revealed 22 activities lined up throughout December as part of celebrations marking National Day and His Majesty King Hamad’s Accession to the Throne.

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