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The Kingdom of Bahrain is rich with its heritage, culture, traditions, arts, and cuisine. While the atmosphere of Bahrain is diversified, bringing together different parts of society, it still preserves a great amount of friendliness and acceptance to other cultures and religions.

With its progressive cultural environment, Bahrain can add real value and compete on a global level. Establishing sustainability, developing skills, and offering tangible benefits by linking cultural activity with the Bahraini economy enables the kingdom to achieve its objective of becoming more economically diverse, sustainable, and productivity-driven. 

While the Kingdom is home to many different religions, Islam is the main practiced religion by the vast majority of Bahrainis. The effects of the Islamic and Arabic culture can be sensed through the local’s hospitality, generosity, as well as their affable family ties, and neighborhood bonds.

The Islamic culture has also had its effect in the way that locals dress where people usually tend to dress conservatively. The traditional garments worn by the locals are “Thob” for men and “Abaya” for women. The traditional dress code is not mandatory; however, people tend to dress modestly.

On another note, the effects of Islamic architecture can be viewed through various constructions in Kingdom. Islamic architecture finds its highest expression in religious buildings such as mosques and places of worship, libraries, as well as sustained neighborhoods and houses.

Owning our Heritage

Not only did the Kingdom of Bahrain put massive efforts in preserving its heritage, it has also committed to sharing its valuable sense of history and identity through preserving monuments and archeological sites and making them accessible to all:

  • Establishing and preserving Museums
  • Preserving historical Monuments and artifacts
  • Seasonal events and festivals
  • Preserving older Mosques and building new mosques with  modernized and Islamic designs
  • Establishing and maintaining Libraries

A comprehensive list of completed, ongoing, and future infrastructure projects can be viewed within the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (BACA) website. Further initiatives have also been taken by BACA through different means to support cultural development through their own strategy.

Moreover, The UNESCO World Heritage Committee added Bahrain’s Dilmun Burial Mounds to the World Heritage List, the third site after Ancient Qal’at al-Bahrain Harbour and the Bahrain Pearling Pathway. “This helps strengthen Bahrain’s status as a regional and global cultural centre,” as stated by HE Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, President of the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities. She added, “Bahrain is a successful model for investing in culture to boost sustainable cultural tourism, promote development and preserve its authentic cultural identity.”

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Page Last Updated: 29 Jul, 2019