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BTEA Launches the Second Edition of the ‘Sea Festival’ in Bahrain
26 October, 2017
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Under the patronage of the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, H.E. Mr. Zayed Bin Rashid Al Zayani, Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) launched the second edition of the ‘Sea Festival’ on the 26th of October 2017.
The launch was held in the presence of the Chief Executive Officer of BTEA, H.E. Shaikh Khaled bin Humood Al Khalifa, representatives from the BTEA, the tourism sector, and the media.
Hosting this event comes as part of the BTEA’s long term strategy to further develop the Kingdom’s tourism sector under the slogan of ‘Ours.Yours.’, which contributes towards the Kingdom’s economy and the 2030 Economic Vision.
The festival aims to showcase the Kingdom’s rich link to the sea tying it to several Bahraini sea related traditions and cultural activities by using the latest technologies.
“The Sea Festival aims to revive the Kingdom’s legacy as well as educate visitors and tourists by integrating the past with the present. Visitors will also be exposed to traditional sea-related handicrafts and authentic diving equipment and learn about the history through modern technology in order to preserve it for the future generations,” said the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, H.E. Mr. Zayed Bin Rashid Al Zayani.
“Hosting this festival comes in line with the BTEA’s strategy that aims to promote and preserve the Kingdom's historical traditions for citizens, tourists and future generations. The event includes a series of exciting activities that aim to offer a unique experience for the entire family,” he added.
Further commenting on the event, the CEO of BTEA, H.E. Shaikh Khaled bin Humood Al Khalifa stated: “Following the success of the first edition, we are delighted to host the festival once again this year and include more fun and exciting activities for visitors. We also look forward to launch the ‘Bahrain Light Festival’ within the next few weeks. Hosting these unique events will attract a number of visitors and contribute towards developing the Kingdom’s tourism sector.”
The festival features a number of activities, including the Techno Aqua World area for games and leisure activities such as the 360 virtual reality gaming zone. The indoor area will feature a central display related to the history of pearl diving, a designated area for pearl and jewelry merchants, a coloring zone where children will be able to showcase their artistic skills by participating in the dhow painting activity, in addition to several live performances.
Furthermore, the outdoor area will also include a painting zone where artists will have live painting demonstration dhows per day that will be displayed throughout the festival. Other activities include the surfing simulator, free diving shows and many more. Sea related food vendors will also be available onsite.
The ‘Sea Festival’ that will run every day until the 4th of November will be held from 4:00 pm to 10:00pm Saturday to Thursday and from 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm on Friday. The price of the tickets is BD 2 per person and free for children under the age of 4.