The Arabian Gulf University (AGU) is hosting the “Features of Bahrain Civilisation” mobile exhibition at its campus for one week.
Launched earlier this year by Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (BACA), the exhibition showcases a set of photos and detailed texts about a number of the Kingdom’s historical and heritage sites to the University’s students, and faculty and administration members.
Among the most important sites offered by the exhibition to visitors are those registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List, namely the Qal’at al-Bahrain (Bahrain Fort) site, the Pearling Path and the Dilmun Burial Mounds.
During the opening of the exhibition at AGU, Dr Salman Al Mahari, Director of Antiquities and Museum at BACA, provided a detailed explanation of the most important and prominent monuments of Bahrain, such as the Dilmun Burial Mounds, the Temple of Diraz, Bahrain Fort, the Saar Archaeological Site, Al Khamis Mosque, the Pearling Path, the Shaikh Salman bin Ahmed Al Fateh Fort, the A´Ali Early Islamic Settlement, the history of Ain Umm Al Sujur Archaeological Site, Barbar Temple and the Royal Mounds of Aali.
Dr Al Mahari explained that the purpose of the mobile exhibition at universities and malls is to enhance understanding of Bahrain’s ancient historical and cultural heritage. He further said that the exhibition aims to bring cultural activity into public spaces to introduce Bahrain’s heritage and civilization, as well as provide comprehensive information about historical sites through an interactive, smooth and in-depth manner.
On the occasion, Dr Abdulrahman Ismael, Vice President of AGU for Administrative Affairs, commended the initiative and its goals, praising the idea of transferring a mini-experience from Bahrain National Museum outside the walls of the Museum and targeting the audience in the public places where they are.
Dr Ismael emphasised that AGU is eager to arrange educational trips to Bahrain National Museum and various archaeological sites in Bahrain for GCC students as well as attendees of conferences and scientific events. He added that these trips aim to provide an opportunity for participants to explore the archaeological monuments and the history of Bahrain across different periods.
For her part, Ms Fadwa Khunji, Acting Chief of Museum Operations at BACA, stated that Bahrain is one of the most diverse cultural heritage sites in the GCC region, and represents a home to multiple different civilisations. She also said that despite its size being under 800 kilometres, Bahrain is endowed with an abundance of historical relics and archaeological locations.
Ms Khunji added that the mobile exhibition aims to introducing Bahrain’s archaeological sites so that they are present in the memory of university students in the Kingdom of Bahrain, especially since some of them are included in the World Heritage List.