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Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain an Emir that became a King!

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, March 16, 2014 at 11:01:33 :: Bahrain

Streets of Manama, with the NBB tower or National Bank of BahrainThe King of Bahrain (Arabic: ملك البحرين‎)‎ is the monarch and head of state of Bahrain. Between 1783 and 1971, the Bahraini monarch held the title of Hakim, and, from 1971 until 2002, the title of Emir. On 14 February 2002, the then-Amir of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, declared Bahrain a Kingdom and proclaimed himself the first King.

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa is the eldest son of the late Amir of Bahrain, Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa. H.M. the King was born in Riffa on January 28, 1950.

On the death of his father Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Hamad became Emir of Bahrain on 6 March 1999. As Emir, Hamad brought several political reforms to Bahrain. These included the release of all political prisoners, the dissolution of the State Security Court and the abolition of the 1974 Decree on State Security Measures. Additionally, many Bahraini citizens were permitted to return after several years in exile overseas. In 2002 he declared himself king.

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UNESCO World Heritage

Bahrain, Pearling, Testimony of an Island Economy

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, March 02, 2013 at 04:17:03

Location Bahrain
Coordinates N26 14 28.608 E50 36 48.636
Property 35,087 ha
Date of Inscription 2012

Brief Description ( )

The site consists of seventeen buildings in Muharraq City, three offshore oyster beds, part of the seashore and the Qal’at Bu Mahir fortress on the southern tip of Muharraq Island, from where boats used to set off for the oyster beds. The listed buildings include residences of wealthy merchants, shops, storehouses and a mosque. The site is the last remaining complete example of the cultural tradition of pearling and the wealth it generated at a time when the trade dominated the Gulf economy (2nd century to the 1930s, when Japan developed cultured pearls). It also constitutes an outstanding example of traditional utilization of the sea’s resources and human interaction with the environment, which shaped both the economy and the cultural identity of the island’s society.

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Isa Bin Ali house, Pearling, Testimony of an Island Economy Mosque, Pearling, Testimony of an Island Economy

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Bahrain, Qal'at al-Bahrain - Ancient Harbour and Capital of Dilmun

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, November 04, 2009 at 11:59:33

Location Northern Region, Bahrain
Coordinates N26 13 59.016 E50 31 19.992
Type Cultural
Property 32 ha
Date of Inscription 2005

Brief Description ( )

Qal’at al-Bahrain is a typical tell – an artificial mound created by many successive layers of human occupation. The strata of the 300 × 600 m tell testify to continuous human presence from about 2300 BC to the 16th century AD. About 25% of the site has been excavated, revealing structures of different types: residential, public, commercial, religious and military. They testify to the importance of the site, a trading port, over the centuries. On the top of the 12 m mound there is the impressive Portuguese fort, which gave the whole site its name, qal’a (fort). The site was the capital of the Dilmun, one of the most important ancient civilizations of the region. It contains the richest remains inventoried of this civilization, which was hitherto only known from written Sumerian references.

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Bahrein Fort Excavations, Qal'at al-Bahrain

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