Muharraq Projects

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Cultural Tourism Passport Muharraq
27 September - 16 December 2018 The Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities celebrates the legacy of the ancient city of Muharraq through a special cultural tourism passport that reflects the cultural and historical richness of the city. The cultural tourism passport is a veritable guide that takes you on a journey to the depths of the city’s glorious history both ancient and recent with its masonry, monuments and sites that bear witness to the diversity of Muharraq’s culture. The guide includes 18 cultural stations that earn their visitors a stamp on the page dedicated to that site. So go ahead and walk the paths of Muharraq, admire its buildings, taste its cuisine, soak in its atmosphere. Take the time to stop at its history and take home its stories to your own children so that they too may discover how far back in time our land stretches.
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The Cultural Fleet
The sea used to bring so many things; dreams of people getting aboard boats, singing songs on their decks by day and dreaming the night away in their hulls. A cycle of arrivals and departures by sea that shaped life in Muharraq. The Bahrain National Museum honors these ancient stories in the form of ships that survived the test of time! A convoy of old ships led by a 1924 jollyboat heads out to sea, recreating that recurrent scene of bygone years that played out by the seaside, of pearl divers and merchants, and people waiting anxiously at the shore waiting for their loved ones to return or bidding them farewell as they slowly vanish into the horizon.
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Archaeologies of Green
March The pavilion of the Kingdom of Bahrain at the Expo Milano 2015 will be transported to Bahrain to be permanently displayed in Muharraq. The exhibition is a poetic interpretation of the cultural agrarian heritage of the country, which stems from the ancient civilization of Dilmun. With ten distinctive fruit gardens, the pavilion also features archaeological artefacts that perpetuate the many myths of Bahrain as the location of the Garden of Eden.  
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Pearling; Testimony of an Island Economy
“Pearling; Testimony of an Island Economy”, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, consists of three oyster beds located in the northern territorial waters of Bahrain, a seashore and a fortress on the southern tip of Muharraq Island and seventeen buildings in the heart of the city of Muharraq linked by a 2 miles long trail. The listed buildings include residences of wealthy merchants, shops, storehouses and a mosque. They are the last remaining physical evidence that best represents the cultural tradition of pearling and the wealth it generated at a time when the trade dominated the Gulf economy (from the 2nd century BC until it was severely weakened in the 1930s by the world financial crisis and the rising popularity of cultured pearls). It also constitutes an outstanding example of traditional utilization of the sea’s resources and human interaction with the environment, which shaped both the economy and the cultural identity of the island’s society
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About the main Visitor and Experience Centre of the Pearling path
The main Visitor and Experience Centre of the Pearling Path will be built in the heart of Muharraq amid the historic ‘amarat of the traditional market. Designed by Valerio Olgiati architects, the project entitled Pearling Site incorporates the ruins of ‘amarat Yousif Ali Fakhro, a historic ‘amarat structure built in the 1930s that had fallen into decay due to the lack of use since the 1960s, as well as the ‘Amarat Al Doy and its later extension. The centre addresses a wide audience and will act as a community centre, including an exhibition space, children and workshop spaces, as well as the pearling heritage archive and library and conference facilities. The building is conceived as a uniting roof structure that houses the visitor’s centre as well as providing protection to the ruins and a shaded space of gathering for the visitors and the local community at the scale of the city. The climate under the roof is improved by reintroducing to the city a series of 15 wind towers. A forest of thin columns holds the roof, the height of the roof and the grid of the columns are of a different logic to the archeological ruins, enabling the visitors to easily distinguish between the two systems, that of the ruins and that of the project. The structure will provide a visible and iconic entrance to the Pearling Path and will link Avenue 10 to Tujjar Avenue and the historic suq of Muharraq.
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Al Hedaya Al-Khalifia School
Founded in 1919 in northern Muharraq, Al- Hedaya Al-Khalifia School is Bahrain’s very first formal school. The school is an important milestone in the history of modern education in the country. Currently, the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, is renovating the building and preparing it to become a museum that will showcase the history of education in Bahrain. The courtyard of the school will house an exceptional historical recreation of 100 years of architecture in the Arab world. Spanning the years 1914 to 2014, the exhibition was part of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice. The space is a comprehensive review of the Arab world - from its Gulf to its ocean – through an architectural lens which amplifies the relationship between these countries and the European colonies in the region. It also tracks the subsequent urbanization of these colonies which assimilated civilizations and pressing urgency imposed by political upheavals and economic flows and formation of urban societies.
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Exquisite copy of the Holy Quran
The 18 projects planned by the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities as part of its celebration of Muharraq as the 2018 Capital of Islamic Culture include the launch of an exquisite copy of the Holy Quran. Handwritten by Bahraini calligrapher Salman Akbar, the copy was meticulously crafted to capture the delicate and beautiful aesthetics of Islamic decorations and calligraphy.
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