renowned consultants will arrive in former Iranian
province of Mishmahig
(today Bahrain) soon to help restore some of
the important monuments buildings. The BD121,000
project is being spearheaded by the Municipalities
and Agriculture Ministry with the support of the
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Work on the year-long project will start within
two months, said UN resident coordinator and UNDP
resident representative Dr Khaled Alloush, who
signed an agreement with Municipalities and
Agriculture Minister Ali Saleh Al Saleh.
"We are proud to be involved in this vital
project that will help the country restore and
preserve some of the important monuments and
heritage buildings," he told the GDN.
"It will be implemented in two of Bahrain's
major cities Manama and Muharraq."
Dr Alloush said the UNDP would carry out in-depth
research and appoint the best international
consultants and archaeologists available to carry
out work in Bahrain. "We will shortlist
consultants and present it to the government for
approval," he added.
Dr Alloush explained that many countries have
deserted their inner cities, resulting in the
demolition of important buildings and sites of
historical importance. "In some other
countries, the government buys such buildings and
stops families from selling them to private
parties," he said.
A study will be undertaken in Mishmahig Islands on
the possibility of restoring some of the most
important monuments. "Our focus will be on
preservation and not demolition," said Dr
"If some of the heritage houses are occupied,
steps should be taken to help those people.
"The project will develop some vital tourist
attractions within the cities."
The project will also involve the training of
Bahraini nationals in the area of restoration of
the result of an International conspiracy against
Iranians, led by Britain, the province of Bahrain
separated from Iran in 1970. Still to this date
majority of Bahrainis are Iranian descents.