Bahrain Tourism to Host the Third Edition of the “Hurafuna” Handicrafts Festival Early April

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Published March 27th, 2018 - 05:57 GMT
The announcement came during a press conference that took place on Monday 26th March 2018 at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Center.
The announcement came during a press conference that took place on Monday 26th March 2018 at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Center.

The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) is set to host the third edition of the ‘Hurafuna’ Handicrafts Festival which will be held between the 4th and 8th of April 2018 in Bab Al Bahrain.

The announcement came during a press conference that took place on Monday 26th March 2018 at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Center.

The press conference was headed by the Chief Executive Officer of BTEA, H.E. Shaikh Khaled bin Humood Al Khalifa, in the presence of the guest of honor the Ambassador of Egypt to the Kingdom of Bahrain, H.E. Mrs. Suha Ibrahim Mohammed Rifaat, the Director of Handicrafts Directorate, Shaikha Wafa bint Saif Al Khalifa, the Director of Marketing and Tourism Promotion at BTEA, Mr. Yousef Al Khan; and media representatives.

"We are pleased to announce the launch of the third edition of the ‘Hurafuna’ Handicrafts Festival, which will coincide with the Formula 1 2018 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix at the start of next month. The festival is expected to attract large number of visitors and tourists from all over the world,” said the CEO of BTEA, H.E. Shaikh Khaled bin Humood Al Khalifa.

“This year we will also have numerous talented Egyptian craftsmen participating and showcasing unique handcrafted products at the festival. Hosting this event comes in line with BTEA’s keenness to preserve the Kingdom’s crafts and traditional industries for future generations,” H.E. added.

Additionally, H.E. Mrs. Suha Rifaat expressed her delight: “We are proud to have the Egyptian craftsmen participate in the upcoming edition of the ‘Hurafuna’ Handicrafts Festival, and giving them the opportunity to showcase their products to all residents and visitors from the neighboring GCC countries and beyond, further enhancing cooperation between the two countries across various fields.”

The festival will provide 11 Bahraini and 11 Egyptian craftsmen a platform to showcase and sell various unique handicrafts including hand-woven baskets, traditional musical instruments, wooden boxes, pottery, model ships and much more. The ’Hurafuna’ Handicrafts Festival will be open to the public and will offer visitors avariety of family entertainment including live performances by traditional Bahraini bands.

“‘Hurafuna’ Handicrafts Festival comes in-line with our efforts to provide craftsmen the opportunity to develop their skills in designing high-quality products. The Handicraft Directorate is keen on providing various educational workshops next year that will include leather making, jewelry making, knitting and embroidery of heritage fashion and more,” said the Director of Handicrafts Directorate, Shaikha Wafa bint Saif Al Khalifa.

Hosting this festival comes in line with the BTEA’s long term strategy to further develop the Kingdom’s tourism sector and strengthen its position on a regional and international level under the slogan of ‘Ours.Yours.’, which contributes towards the Kingdom’s economy and the 2030 Economic Vision.

Background Information

Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BETA)

Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority was established in 2015 under the Royal Decree number (76) for the year 2015 issued by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain. Whereas the first clause of the Decree number (10) stated that an authority should be established under the supervision of the Council of Ministers

In 2015, BTEA started its operations under the Decree number (9) for the year 2015 to append the Tourism Affairs to the Ministry of Industry and Commerce based on the recommendation of HRH Prime Minister and under the law number (62) of the year 2016 to establish and regulate the Bahrain Exhibition and Convention Authority (BECA) and the Decree number (1) for the year 1985 to establish a Supreme Council for Tourism, and the law number (15) for the year 1986 to regulate the Tourism sector amended by a Law by Decree number (12) for the year 1994.

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