Sea Festival @ Bahrain Bay kicks off


Sea Festival @ Bahrain Bay kicks off

Under the patronage of Minister of Industry, Commerce, and Tourism, Zayed bin Rashid Al Zayani, the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority launched yesterday and for the first time in Bahrain the ‘Sea Festival’ which is the largest event of its kind in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The launch was held in the presence of Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) CEO Shaikh Khaled bin Humood Al Khalifa, President of Arab Tourism Organization, Dr. Bandar bin Fahad Al Fuhaid, Bahrain Bay CEO Gagan Suri, and a large crowd and tourists visiting Bahrain.

The ‘Sea Festival’ will run until the 29th October 2016 at Bahrain Bay, it will be held every day from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM – entrance fee 2 BD.

The festival aims to showcase the Bahrain's rich link to the sea tying it to several Bahraini sea related traditions and cultural activities by using the latest technologies like the ‘Underwater Simulator’ that provides the visitors with the opportunity to explore the 3D animated underwater world which is suitable for all ages. It also aims to promote the various elements related to the sea industry in order to preserve it for the next generation.

The visitors will also have the opportunity to learn about the history of pearl diving through a multimedia photo gallery display, videos, and authentic diving equipment. The festival will also feature traditional sea-related handicrafts, such as the making of the traditional fishing and diving equipment.

Visitors will also enjoy exploring the virtual and augmented reality simulators, in addition to the Dhow and Boat display that is lit-up with the use of decorative lighting, a thrilling water sport shows and activities, and food and beverages vendors. It also provides an area for Bahraini Pearl merchants to display their unique products.

Commenting on the launch of the ‘Sea Festival’, Industry minister said "We are delighted to witness the continuous BTEA efforts aimed at promoting Bahrain as a touristic destination and forming its unique identity by organizing and hosting special activities and events similar to the ‘Sea Festival’."

"We look forward to more events to attract visitors and contribute to the growth of local tourism sector which will in return add to the country’s GDP and position Bahrain in the forefront while staying in-line with the national Economic Vision 2030." He added.

"The festival provides a unique experience to visitors as they explore the sea-related industry that showcases the past using modern technology in order to preserve it for the future generations. We also look forward to receiving visitors coming to Bahrain and to provide them with exciting activities and competitions." BTEA CEO stated.

Bahrain Bay CEO said: "It gives us a great pleasure to be part of this festival that creates a partnership between both the public and private sector which in return contributes to the Kingdom’s Economic Vision and looking forward to partnering with BTEA on more similar events that will promote Bahrain's regional standing".