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Muharraq, Bahrain’s third largest city located on Muharraq Island, has been appointed as the Islamic Capital of Culture 2018, reflecting its unique cultural heritage within Bahrain’s rich history.

During the recent years, a series of conservation projects have been carried out across the city, focusing on the famous Pearling Trail, a serial cultural heritage site inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2012. The pathway consists of 17 buildings, three oyster beds located in the nearby sea, a segment of the coast and the seafront Bu Mahir fortress in the southern tip of Muharraq.

Restoration work at the site has been progressing over the last four years and the trail is scheduled to be completed in line with Muhurraq being named the Capital of Islamic Culture 2018.