Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Bahrain in A Decade

An overview of 20 news, the leaping steps of the Kingdom over a decade.

2010:

l The United Nations, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, established The Arabic Language Day in 2010. The day seeks to celebrate one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, with more than 290 million people speaking it every day.

l The first edition of the Bahrain International Air Show opened in 2010. Since then, BIAS is a platform for business generation for the global leaders of aerospace in the gateway to the Gulf.

2011:

l Law No. 22 of 2011 endorsing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, health, cultural, educational, social and other services issued. The law exemplifies Bahrain’s keenness to respect and promote the rights of disabled persons, based on the Kingdom’s historical and civilizational heritage that is enriched with its noble, religious and cultural values.

l Al-Mabarrah Al-Khalifa Foundation (“MKF”) is a non-profit foundation registered and licensed by the Ministry of Labour and Social Development established in 2011. Its aim is to make a social impact in the education field and to empower Bahraini youth to reach their optimum potential. MKF continues its efforts to enhance the educational field in line with Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030.

2012:

l UNESCO inscribes, the Pearling Path, in Muharraq City on the UNESCO World Heritage.  Bahrain takes pride in its locally sourced precious stone and has even scored itself a reputation as a prevalent global pearling centre.

l The educational platform The Mashroo3i Youth Business Awards by
Tamkeen designed to inspire the next generation of young Bahraini
entrepreneurs, and prepare them to be the future economic drivers, as part of
the Kingdom’s 2030 vision launched. The Mashroo3i Youth Business Awards advocates entrepreneurial values, supporting and encouraging participants to learn about the fundamental elements of creating successful business plans, prototypes and assists in converting them into a feasible business. Provided that the national platform celebrates inspiring Bahraini entrepreneurs encouraging innovative and creative ideas.

2013:

l Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa becomes the Deputy Prime Minister of Kingdom of Bahrain. He is widely viewed as a moderate, who previously occupied an influential position.

l With the Royal blessings of His Majesty the King, the National Plan for the Advancement of Bahraini Women (2013 – 2022) was launched. It contains 5 aspects that aim to empower women within familial bond to competitively contribute to the progress of the Kingdom. Such aims are achieved through integrating with allies and partners of the Supreme Council.

2014:

l The Sustainable Energy Centre was established in partnership with the Ministry of Electricity and Water Affairs and the UNDP to promote clean and environmentally friendly uses of energy in Bahrain and to achieve United Nations goals related to securing durable and green energy for everyone.

l His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier had inaugurated the Tawasul system, the national complaints and suggestions service. Tawasul has been very successful as over years as 90% of the total complaints have been resolved.

2015:

l 193 countries endorse His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Vision 2030.

l Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company (Mumtalakat), the sovereign
wealth fund of Bahrain Mumtalakat enters the first time in The Legal 500 GC Powerlist. Mumtalakat has consistently featured in The Legal 500 GC Powerlist since 2015. Mumtalakat’s legal team was recognized as one of the top 100 in-house legal teams.

2016:

l Tatweer Petroleum Company established a solar power plant with an estimated capacity of 1 MW to provide enough electricity to meet the total energy requirements of the company’s headquarters in the region.

l HRH Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa has become the first Arab prime minister to receive the ‘Flame of Peace’  from Archduchess Herta Margarete, president of the Association for the Furtherance of Peace.

2017:

l The Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA), in cooperation with
Amazon Web Services (AWS), commenced a team readiness workshop for
National Cloud systems.

l The first edition of Bahrain International Defence Exhibition and Conference (BIDEC), the Tri-Service exposition covering air, land and sea was held under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa and officially supported by the Bahrain Defence Force held at Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre.

2018:

l Bahrain reports the discovery of the Kingdom’s largest oilfield in more than
80 years.

l Alba Line 6 Expansion Project at the Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C was commissioned. This was the fastest construction ever-delivered in the aluminium industry.

2019:

l UNESCO declared the Dilmun Burial Mounds as a World Heritage Site. These mounds date back to 2020 BCE and were produced by the local populations in ancient times.

l Bahrain National Football Team has taken the Kingdom to new heights by winning the Arabian Gulf Cup and West Asian Football Federation Championship.

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