Muharraq Creative City of Design


Muharraq, recognised as the UNESCO Creative City of Design in 2019, is a pioneer city where the combination of history, art and architecture has served as the primary inspiration in revamping urban life. With its unique Arabic character combined with international standards of modernity, Muharraq plays a very special role within the Gulf Region. The city presents many opportunities for creativity throughout various types of public events; all of which serve to reskill Bahrainis, build cultural confidence and create synergies on an international level. The magnificent structures are not merely an imprint of the significant past but also an inspiration. As a center of trade, Muharraq has a multicultural character where different nations interact and live together as a part of the local community for centuries.

The development of the city intensively relies on the strong partnership of heritage & creativity. These two pillars strengthen the identity and belonging of the community while helping face the challenges of the future in an imaginative way. Especially in the last decade, the government of Bahrain and Invest in Culture initiative have achieved tremendous cultural investment and Muharraq has become a city of inspirational design projects with its impact reaching beyond the Arab region.