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"Manama .. City of Joy" Carnival

Bab Al-Bahrain

April 16.2012 – April 30.2012, 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Under the slogan “Manama, a city of Joy”, the Ministry of Culture in cooperation with Bahrain Chamber of Commerce & Industry, inaugurated the first popular heritage carnival at the iconic Bab Al-Bahrain and old suq. The Ministry of Culture is holding this festival ahead of the upcoming 8th Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, scheduled to be held on April 20, 2012 to April 22, 2012. In the meantime, Carnival Conquest will continue its schedule from 16-30 April, 2012 every day from 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm.

The carnival showcases scenes of traditional Bahraini life, in order to explore this amazing city with all its smells, sounds, architecture, and culture and not to mention the curious multi-cultural society. Walking around the extremely crowded souq, located in the heart of the city, will make you revive the memory of the place. Enjoy looking at all the traditional shops selling all kinds of spices, fabrics, kaftans, thobes, handicrafts, souvenirs, dry fruits, nuts, and any other thing you can imagine, will make you travel through time and space.

The carnival coincides with the Formula One Grand Prix race and aims to attract visitors and tourists to get acquainted with the traditional genuine Bahraini life in a joyful atmosphere. The slogan “Manama, a city of Joy” is another facet of “Manama, as the capital of Arab Culture in 2012” and also “Manama as the Capital of Arab Tourism, 2013”.

It is worth mentioning that many craftsmen from Al Jasra Handicraft Centre participated in this event, in addition to many others invited by foreign embassies hosted by the Kingdom of Bahrain, which reflects the diversity and openness of the Bahraini society. Traditional music groups will be performing at the carnival and the public will certainly enjoy the animation of the daily events through the actual month.

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