The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) has successfully concluded the Sea Festival, which was held between the 25th of October and 3rd of November 2018, attracting more than 24,000 residents and tourists.
The Festival featured a number of activities, including a gaming zone, VR Boat Adventure, a museum, an aquarium and a “Fisherman Village” which included kiosks dedicated to traditional handicrafts related to the sea, including pearl merchants. There were more than 20 food vendors for visitors to enjoy, as well as line-up of live performances by traditional bands participating in the event.
The Festival also included boat tours inside Bahrain Bay, water activities such as kayaking, paddling, rowing races and the Russian Jetski Show.
“We are delighted to witness the growing success of the Sea Festival year to year. This year’s edition attracted more than 24,000 visitors from inside and outside the Kingdom, an increase of 26% compared to the previous year. Visitors of all ages were able to enjoy several activities which combined futuristic technology with the authenticity of Kingdom’s rich history and past” said the Chief Executive Officer of BTEA, H.E. Shaikh Khaled bin Humood Al Khalifa.
“Since its first edition, the festival has aimed to celebrate the deeply rooted relationship that has connected the people of Kingdom to the sea over the ages, maintaining the relevancy of Bahraini seafaring traditions and activities by integrating modern marine tourism activities and water sport; and launching initiatives by the BTEA to contribute to the revitalization of the Kingdom’s vital tourism sector.” he added.
Hosting the festival comes in line with the BTEA’s overall strategy aimed at developing and strengthening the tourism sector under the slogan of ‘Ours. Yours.’, which contributes towards the Kingdoms economy and the 2030 Economic Vision.