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‘Hurafuna’ Handicrafts Festival Concludes its 4th Edition
03 April, 2019
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The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) successfully concluded the fourth edition of the ‘Hurafuna’ Handicrafts Festival, which ran for five days from the 28th of March and until the 1st of April, 2019.
The festival was held in conjunction with the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, the major annual international event held in the Kingdom, that aims to enhance the Kingdom’s position as a leading destination both regionally and internationally.
Hurafana provided the opportunity to 10 Bahraini and 10 Egyptian craftsmen to showcase and sell various unique handicrafts and traditional Omani products such as silver, cooper and wooden crafting, palm tree industries, textile, perfume and Bukhoor making in addition to local products like hand-woven baskets, traditional musical instruments, wooden boxes, pottery, model ships and much more.
 A new mobile app was launched on the sidelines of the Festival, providing a comprehensive online platform that allows users to preview all the handicrafts products and order the products online and have them delivered through the app ‘Bahrain Handicrafts’. During the Festival, visitors enjoyed a variety of entertainments such as family activities as well as performances by traditional Bahraini bands.
The Chief Executive Officer of BTEA, H. E. Shaikh Khaled bin Humood Al Khalifa said: “We are delighted to announced the conclusion of the 4th edition of the Festival, which gave Bahraini and Omani Craftsmen a platform to showcase their products. We are also pleased to launch the new mobile app for Bahraini crafts which will help to promote these products to a bigger audience and while keeping up with the latest technologies at the same time.”
“The Fourth edition of the Festival is a testament to BTEA’s commitment to develop the traditional handicrafts industry in the Kingdom. This is part of our continuous efforts to enhance handicrafts and ensure this sector’s growth and sustainability. Bahrain Handicrafts’ app is an online store and a platform to show our handicrafts to the world and preserve them for the future generations. The Authority also supports handicraftsmen to grow by developing their skills through training course throughout the year and other similar initiatives,” he added.
Hosting the festival is in line with BTEA's long-term strategy to further develop the Kingdom's tourism sector on a regional and international level under the slogan 'Ours.Yours.', which contributes towards the Kingdom's economy and the Economic Vision 2030