Muharraq named as UNESCO creative city

The city was added to the network for developments in design

Muharraq named as UNESCO creative city

Muharraq has been named by UNESCO as a creative city for design.

The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, added 66 cities to the network including Beirut in Lebanon for literature, Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates for crafts and folk art, and Essaouira in Morocco for music.

Cities on the list commit to championing sustainable development that benefits communities at an urban level.

Azoulay said, “All over the world, these cities, each in its way, make culture the pillar, not an accessory, of their strategy.

“This favours political and social innovation and is particularly important for the young generations.”

There are now 246 cities involved in the creative cities network that spans the globe. The cities come from different continents, income levels and populations.

H.E. Shaikha Mai Bint Mohammed Al-Khalifa, President of the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, said, "Muharraq continues to strengthen its position as a global cultural center, after winning the Aga Khan Award for Architecture last September, today Muharraq joins the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

"With its architectural heritage and cultural history, this new title reflects Bahrain’s belief in cultural activities through which we promote our kingdom’s beauty."

She added that the city has "witnessed an unprecedented urban conservation movement", pointing out that the process of preserving the old city of Muharraq was the result of joint efforts between the public and private sectors.

The news comes after the Bahrain pearling path in Muharraq won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in September.

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