At an opening ceremony held at Bahrain City Centre, "The Mariner- A Photography Exhibition" was launched today by Shaikh Daij bin Salman Al Khalifa, Chairman of the General Organisation of Sea Ports (GOP), as part of the exciting activities lined up for Bahrain Maritime Festival.
Organised by GOP in association with KSDi, "The Mariner" features an exclusive collection of historic and contemporary maritime images displaying unique and vintage images of Bahrain's maritime industry legacy.
The photography exhibition is now open to the public everyday running till September 25th, and can be viewed during Bahrain City Centre's opening hours. It is located in the gallery area on the ground floor.
Business executives, government officials, members of the diplomatic corps and of the media attended the opening ceremony, and were given a tour of the exhibition by Khalifa Shaheen, who took many of the photographs himself.
The Bahrain Maritime Festival represents the Kingdom's landmark celebration of the World Maritime Day (WMD), which is taking place all over the world throughout this week. Held under the International Maritime Organisation's (IMO) 2010 theme of 'Year of the Seafarer', this year's event will include activities specifically geared to past, current and future generations of Bahraini sea-goers.
For the first time in Kingdom, the Bahrain Maritime Festival (BMF) has been launched by GOP to enable the country to join other global members of the IMO to celebrate WMD. This year's theme aims to spread greater awareness of the maritime industry and focus attention on the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment, paying tribute to the 1.5 million seafarers all over the globe for their unique contribution to society and in recognition of the risks they shoulder in the execution of their duties.