State-of-the-art Sharifa Kanoo Arts Centre to rise in Muharraq
TDT | Manama
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A groundbreaking agreement was signed to construct the Sharifa Kanoo Arts Centre in Muharraq. Works Minister Ebrahim Bin Hasan Al Hawaj, Youth Affairs Minister Rawan bint Najeeb Tawfiqi and Khalid Mohammed Kanoo, Board of Directors Chairman at Yusuf bin Ahmed Kanoo Company, signed the deal in a ceremony.
This state-of-the-art center aims to empower and support young talented artists in Bahrain by providing them with comprehensive training programs, workshops, and initiatives. The Kanoo family’s long-standing commitment to the artistic, cultural, and social development in Bahrain was highly praised by Al Hawaj, emphasising the significant contribution of Yusuf bin Ahmed Kanoo Company to the nation’s progress.
The Work Minister said the ministry will support the centre by supervising all stages of design and construction. A competition will be announced where architecture students, engineering graduates, young architects, professionals or engineering offices can compete to present design and concept proposals for the centre.
Tawfiqi welcomed the strategic partnership with Yusuf bin Ahmed Kanoo Company, which is considered one of the top socially responsible organisations in Bahrain. She commended the approach of promoting Bahraini youth as one of company’s top priorities and working to create youth incubators to embrace national talents.
The minister said that the arts centre will be built on land owned by the Youth Affairs Ministry in Muharraq.
Support for arts
Khalid Mohammad Kanoo said the agreement underscores the company’s interest in supporting artistic initiatives, recalling that the Sharifa Kanoo Arts Centre was the first of its kind in Bahrain.
Kanoo touched on the potential that the art sector holds in creating investment and job opportunities. He explained that the center will support talented artists and help them become standalone businesses, with the potential to become an academic institution offering certificates in various specialties and equipping youth with skills for the labour market. The chairman highlighted the company’s keenness to strengthen partnerships.