The traditional crafts and industries are regarded as a cultural-and promoting product, as these traditional crafts and industries are not only a manifestation of civilization, but tools for the expression of the society’s culture and authenticity as well as a true component of the collective cultural memory that incarnates the life features and the stages through which the society has passed.
The Craft Industries Development Centre, located in the heart of the capital Manama was found by the Ministry of Industry & Commerce in the year 1990 after it has been renovated. Before that (sixty years ago), this was the premises of the first technical school in Bahrain. The Ministry has taken up this project to help preserve creativity skills of Bahraini men and women and also to encourage Bahraini men and women to develop their creativity skills by supplying them with workshops free of charge and selling their items on their behalf. The items produced in these workshops are on display for sale at the Center's Gallery. Further, you may also find in the Gallery items produced by handicrafts at their homes.
The workshops at the Center are open for anyone who would like to visit and have a look at the process of producing the items on display.