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Pearling Path gem Bu Maher Fort to get a makeover

TDT | Manama     

The Daily Tribune – www.newsofbahrain.com

Report by Mohammed Darwish

History and archaeology enthusiasts have reason to celebrate as the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (BACA) has announced the initiation of a tender process for the restoration of Bu Maher Fort, a significant component of the Pearling Path World Heritage site.

Four companies have submitted bids ranging from BD150,000 to BD280,000 for the contract. The project aims to refurbish the fort’s structure, enhance its protection, and improve visitor access, including the construction of a new pedestrian bridge.

A BACA representative expressed confidence in the contractors’ ability to meet conservation standards, with the goal of making the historical site more accessible to visitors.

Established in 1840, Bu Maher Fort was central to Bahrain’s pearling industry, serving as a primary harbour and trade control point.

Today, it offers insights into the heritage of Bahrain’s pearl divers and traders.

The Visitor’s Centre at Bu Maher Fort marks the beginning of the Pearling Path journey, featuring interactive exhibits on pearling history and the associated communities.

The planned improvements to the fort include installing a protective roof for the tower and providing safer, more accessible floor slabs.

The pedestrian bridge will facilitate land access, complementing the existing boat route from the Bahrain National Museum.

The restoration is vital for preserving Bahrain’s cultural legacy and ensuring the fort remains relevant and appealing.

BACA stresses the importance of bidders having at least three years of construction experience and a history of similar projects, with full details required in the technical bid.

The Tender Board is currently reviewing the bids, with the contractor announcement and project commencement expected soon with a contract duration of nine months.