A senior Bahraini official has lauded Muharraq’s “unprecedented urban conservation” after it became one of three GCC cities to join the Unesco Creatives Cities Network.
HE Shaikha Mai Bint Mohammed Al-Khalifa, president of the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, said the status reflected Bahrain's commitment to the creative economy.
“Muharraq continues to strengthen its position as a global cultural centre, after winning the Aga Khan Award for Architecture last September, now Muharraq joins the Unesco Creative Cities Network.
“With its architectural heritage and cultural history, this new title reflects Bahrain’s belief in cultural activities through which we promote our kingdom’s beauty,” she added.
Prioritising culture, creativity and design are part of Bahrain’s broader economic diversification plans and HE Shaikha Mai Bint Mohammed Al-Khalifa called HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa the biggest supporter of culture in the kingdom.
She also praised the collaboration between the public and private sector in supporting the preservation of Bahrain's rich design heritage.
“Muharraq earned the title of creative city in the field of design, she said. “Over the past years, the city witnessed an unprecedented urban conservation movement, pointing out that the process of preserving the old city of Muharraq was the result of joint efforts between the public and private sectors.”
Muharraq joined Beirut, Lebanon, and Sharjah, UAE, in the latest creative city rankings from the United Nations agency for culture, education and science.
More than 65 cities were added to the list last week, which now includes a total of 246.