TDT | manama
The Daily Tribune – www.newsofbahrain.com
Many traders in the Manama souk said that recent events at the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) had been instrumental in supporting trade movements and tourism in the market, urging the Authority to continue to organize such events throughout the year to support economic activity. in this market, which is one of the most famous and historic markets in the Persian Gulf and the region.
Traders have expressed their willingness to support BTEA’s efforts to implement a program of continuous events in the souk by participating in such events, such as festivals, carnivals, celebrations, performances and visits, and by offering discounts and reward prices.
They also noted the importance of such events in supporting Bahrain’s tourism and economic sector, such as the “Manama Gold” festival in which around 180 gold shops participated.
During its month-long duration, the festival recorded total sales of over $3.1 million) and included a weekly raffle for all visitors who shopped at gold outlets throughout the Souq Al Manama, where 17 winners were announced, including a gold bullion grand prize. worth BD5000.
The festival also included various artistic performances and a digital museum in cooperation with the “Manama Story” initiative.
Merchants also highlighted other events, such as the Traditional Fashion Show, which showcased gold as an authentic Bahraini heritage, which took place at the Bab Al Bahrain Mall, as well as the Gargaon event, among others. events.
Manama’s souk, according to BTEA Director General Dr. Nasser Qaedi, is an important feature of the tourism authority’s year-round program of events, as well as an important aspect of heritage. commercial, social and cultural Bahrain, and a popular tourist attraction.
Dr. Qaedi thanked all parties and traders who supported BTEA’s efforts to revive the Manama Souk and confirmed that the Authority is preparing for many initiatives to be held in the Manama Souk, including an open-air cinema, tours for visitors and tourists in the market. , in addition to “Bahrain Design Week” in the second half of this year.
For his part, Mr. Saleh Trada, Chairman of the Capital Secretariat Council, said: “We consider that the BTEA events program in the Manama souk is an essential component of the project aimed at developing this market, to develop places such as Tawaweesh Square and to study the allocation of facilities such as car parks and other services that meet the needs of visitors and tourists on the one hand, and traders on the other”,
The chairman of the national committee of the Manama souk and owner of the Al Mahrous shop for family supplies underlined the importance of the timing of the events organized by the BTEA in the Manama souk, which came after a difficult period in the market as following the Corona pandemic, highlighting the improvement in sales.
“We also want the Manama Souq to be a key factor in the entertainment and tourism events organized by BTEA throughout the year, as well as promoting the market outside of Bahrain to attract tourists and visitors from the GCC countries.
We believe it is in the common interest of all, for us as traders, for the market as a landmark of tourism heritage and for the Bahraini economy,” Mr. Al Mahrous said.
The Vice Chairman of the Manama Souk National Committee and owner of the Heritage Village Café in the market, Mr. Mahmoud Al-Namliti, said: “This success has prompted us to ask the Tourism Authority to organize more market-specific festivals. , such as the Heritage Markets Festival, which will bring visitors and tourists to markets like Twaweesh, Hadadeen and the textile markets, or the Folk Food Festival, which will feature shops like Alo Bashir, Haji Café, Heritage Village Restaurant, and others .
Al-Namliti said he hopes these efforts will help accelerate the restoration of the Manama market to its rightful place as the number one tourist destination in Bahrain and the Persian Gulf, especially because it is one of the oldest commercial markets in the region. , with many buildings, and home to many Bahraini merchant families, and the center of attraction for visitors and tourists from the Persian Gulf, the region and the world.