Lecture highlights significance of investing in culture

Casablanca, Bahrain has succeeded in building an outstanding cultural infrastructure that has earned it the recognition of the world, the president of the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (BACA) has said.

"The latest international recognition of the Kingdom of Bahrain's endeavors to invest in culture is the Revitalization of Muharraq project winning the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture," Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa said in Casablanca where she gave a lecture on investment in culture.

In its statement about the Revitalization of Muharraq project, the Agha Khan Award for Architecture said "the project evolved into a comprehensive program that aimed to re-balance the city's demographic makeup by creating public spaces, providing community and cultural venues, and improving the overall environment."

Shaikha Mai's lecture was part of the activities held on the sidelines of the Morocco International Book Fair.

Shaikha Mai attributed the Bahraini Agha Khan Award triumph to the "ideal cooperation between the public and private sectors in Bahrain."

"Culture is a driving force and a catalyst for urban development, providing job opportunities and attracting investors and visitors. Investing in culture, from a tourism perspective, makes it an alternative economic resource and a guarantee for the continuation of sustainable development in societies and an element of prosperity," she said.

The book fair, opened on Thursday, is bringing together 703 exhibitors from Morocco and around the world.

Source: Bahrain News Agency