The project incorporates 3 streets in the heart of Manama Souk, the city’s old bazaar, that will turn into an ongoing project to preserve old Bahrain houses built with Indian timber as well as a 200-year-old Krishna Temple.
The designation covers an area of 5000 square metres with an emphasis on conducting regular markets, fashion shows and cultural performances.
The inauguration saw the participation of Bahrain’s foreign minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, BACA president Shaikha Mai bint Mohammad Al Khalifa and India’s ambassador to Bahrain, Alok Kumar Sinha.
The 200-year-old Shrinathji temple that is owned by the Hindu Bhatia community is set to undergo a face lift as part of the project. Close to the temple is an open ground that may be used for functions and other religious events. The adjoining ground will accommodate devotees during festivals like Diwali and Holi and the area around the temple is to be revamped and upgraded.
The Indian community is elated at the ‘Little India’ project that they hope will become a good future tourist destination.
The launch of the project was timed with the Bahrain National Day celebrations, as BACA hopes to promote cultural tourism and position itself under the slogan “Bahrain : Your Destination’.