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15 December 2011 Ministry of Culture participated at Arab Thought Foundation "FIKR" 10th Conference In Dubai

H.E Shaikha Mai Bint Mohammed Al-Khalifa, Minister of Culture, honored by her presence the Bahraini stand at the Arab Thought Foundation " FIKR" 10th  Conference, held in Dubai. The Bahraini stand attracted many visitors and impressed many attendees of the opening ceremony of the conference.

Under the auspices of his Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Royal Highness Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, Chairman of the Arab Thought Foundation, Amr Moussa, Egyptian Presidential Elections Candidate, former Secretary General of the Arab League, Salah Kamel, well known figure and famous Saudi businessman, Bahia Al- Hariri, Vice President of the parliament and former education minister in Lebanon. This year's conference, entitled "The Arab Spring: What's Next?" was attended by many intellectuals, researchers, media and many international speakers.

Bahrain's stand at the conference exhibition site, "Fikr 10", will be continue to welcome its guests during the three days of the conference (duration of the conference) . This is another step taken by the Ministry of Culture to try to promote Manama as Capital of Arab Culture, which events will start in January 2012.

H.E Shaikha Mai Bint Mohammed, Minister of Culture, said that "choosing Manama as Capital of Arab Culture will provide an opportunity to uncover many hidden treasures in Bahrain's cultural heritage will enable continents and civilizations to embrace each other, and create multiple intellectual webs, given the exceptional interrelation between culture and knowledge in Bahrain".

Therefore, the Ministry of Culture aims, through its programs and plans, to provide its cultural data and its historical heritage in a different interactive relationship with other cultures of the world. The year of culture will be based on twelve pillars; formation, architecture, design, heritage, museums, poetry, intellectual, translations, music, environment, theatre and a country. Every theme will include a series of events and activities animated by world- renowned intellectuals and specialists, who will discuss all these issues in meetings, forums, conferences, workshops and different art exhibitions. In addition, a number of translated books and biographies of famous Bahraini and international intellectuals will be presented every month, not to mention a series of exhibitions and activities attracting people from all social classes.

According to the proposed program, , the Ministry of Culture will start 2012, the same year Manama will be celebrated as the Capital of Arab Culture, with the inauguration of many mega construction and cultural projects. These range from a number of museum exhibitions, restoration and rehabilitation of historical houses and archeological sites, in order to pave the way for a strong and safe infrastructure, which would ultimately preserve the cultural heritage of Bahrain.   As to the mega projects, we can mention the inauguration of the National Museum, development of Bab Al- Bahrain, Rehabilitation of Bahrain Hotel, inauguration of the Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage, Al-Sout Museum, restoration of Suq Al-Qaysaria, Khamees Mosque Visitor Centre, museum exhibitions by Al-Hidaya Al-Khalifia, museum exhibitions in Al-Rifaa Fort, Waving Factory in Bani Jamra and Tree of Life Visitor Centre.

On his part, Mr. Jihad al-Khazen, a famous former Al-Hayat newspaper editor, asserted that Manama rightly deserves to be a 'Capital of the Arab Culture' in 2012, given the exceptional cultural and enlightened activities that are going on in Bahrain. The proposed cultural program will certainly enhance cooperation, communication and fruitful cultural dialogue between intellectuals from GCC countries, Arab and world-wide countries. In addition, Dr Raffia Ghabbash, former Arabian Gulf University president, hailed the efforts of the Ministry of Culture in Bahrain to spread culture, protect heritage and preserve the national identity. Dr Raffia Ghabbash added that the Kingdom of Bahrain is proud of its rich cultural heritage, which will enable it to be a favorite cultural tourist destination within a united GCC system; being selected as Arab Culture Capital in 2012 and Arab Tourism Capital, is but a confirmation of its leading role in the region.

It is worth mentioning that the Ministry of Culture has held a number of press conferences in Arab and European capitals to promote Manama as the Capital of Arab Culture. The campaign started in Cairo, first Arab capital as such, then in the Arab Word Institute, Paris in order to inform the whole world of this important upcoming event, Manama, Capital of Arab Culture, 2012.

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