Saturday, September 15, 2012

Deputy Premier launches book on Bahrain's urban development history

Jumbo Editorial Team

A book documenting the history of urban planning of towns in Bahrain was launched at the Shaikh Isa Cultural Centre in Juffair on September 15.

The Deputy Premier, Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al-Khalifa, was the chief guest in the launch ceremony which was attended by a large number of ministers, engineers and architectural specialists. 

Authored by Engineer Mohammed Nour Al-Nabi, the book traces the use of land and urban development since 1968, with the establishment of the Planning Coordination Board and the Natural Planning Unit at the municipality the same year, in addition to the Housing Ministry which was officially set up in 1975. 

Deputy Premier Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al-Khalifa praised the content of the book which documents a crucial period of Bahrain’s history, crediting the author to trace urban development strides in the Kingdom.

The author, a former planning adviser who retired in 2009, also thanked Deputy Premier Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al-Khalifa for patronizing the book launch ceremony.

The History of Land Use and Development in Bahrain is a detailed account of Engineer Nabi's time working in physical planning from 1971 to 1975 and then as chief town planner, town planning adviser and acting director of physical planning. 

Five hundred copies of the book have been printed and they will be available at all public libraries in the kingdom.

The initiatives of the Kingdom of Bahrain towards cultural development have been awesome and the venue of the book launch, Shaikh Isa Cultural Centre and National Library, was itself a reflection of their priorities. 

The landmark cultural edifice, the biggest of its kind in the GCC, a tribute to the late Amir His Highness Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa, was inaugurated in 2008. 

It has been regularly hosting cultural and scientific activities, exhibitions, conferences and forums since then.

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