Isa Cultural Center launched the book “Sakhir… the lung of Bahrain” by researcher Mubarak Amr Al Ammari.
The book chronicles the natural, architectural and economic aspects of the Sakhir area, as well as its political, social and cultural status in Bahrain’s collective memory.
The launch was attended by Southern Governor HH Shaikh Khalifa bin Ali Al Khalifa, Information Minister Ali bin Mohammed Al Romaihi, Executive Director of Isa Cultural Centre Dr. Shaikh Khalid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, intellectuals and people interested in history.
HH Shaikh Khalifa expressed pride in the great interest accorded by HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa to Sakhir in the Southern Governorate.
This special care has contributed to preserving the significance of the Sakhir both in the past and in the present, he said.
He noted the attention to the Kingdom’s various governorates from HM the King and HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, and to the large share of development that they received.
In his speech, HH Shaikh Khalifa said that the book chronicled studiously the history and development of Sakhir and focused on several aspects of its rich history and deep-rooted features.
In his remarks, Shaikh Khalid said that the Documentation Center aspires to create a historical memory of the regions and monuments that hold a special place in Bahrain’s national heritage.
He said that Bahraini youth should contribute to enriching historical research to highlight Bahrain’s role and achievements in various fields and eras.
The book, prefaced by the late HH Shaikh Abdullah bin Khalid Al Khalifa, comprises eight chapters.
The first two chapters focus on the renovations by HH Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and the achievements and development projects inaugurated by HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.
The book covered the geological features and wildlife, and the natural and vital features of Sakhir, the discovery of oil and gas, urban features such as palaces, houses, and mosques, as well as farms and springs.
The author reviewed the cultural and social aspects of Sakhir, including the Bahraini figures and the councils associated with the area, poems about its landmarks, and the status of horses, camels, falcons and greyhounds, as it is an area frequented by Bahrainis for recreation during multiple periods of the year.