H.E. SHAIKHA MAI BINT MOHAMMED AL KHALIFA

President BAHRAIN AUTHORITY FOR CULTURE AND ANTIQUITIES
A leading figure in the Arab culture and art scenes, H.E. Shaikha Mai has spearheaded national efforts to develop the cultural infrastructure in the Kingdom of Bahrain for heritage conservation. Being the President of the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, she has successfully brought the Pearling Path (2012) and The Dilmun Burial mounds (2019) to be inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Renowned as a local historian whose work has been published both in Bahrain and internationally, her pioneering work has been widely recognized. She is the recipient of the France Légion d’Honneur, the Moroccan Order of Ouissam Alaouite (Grand Officer), the Order of the Italian Star, the First Class Order of Merit from H.M. King Hamad of Bahrain, and bestowed the Special Ambassador of Sustainability for Development (2017- 2019) by UN World Tourism Organization, and nominated in 2019 as “the Arab Heritage Personality of 2019” by the Arab Tourism Media Centre.
Speaker’s sessions
Mon, Oct 14, 03:45PM - 05:15PM

PANEL SESSION I: FACE TO FACE – MINISTERS AND PRIVATE SECTOR CEOS: HOW TOURISM AND LEISURE LEAD TO A BEAUTIFUL LIFE (in cooperation with UNWTO)

SI: Cantonese, English, Putonghua, Portuguese, Spanish

Global tourism drives international cooperation as well as innovation and development in complementary sectors; as a result, it also acts as a transformative force, creating positive ripple effects that empower communities and improve livelihoods. In essence, tourism is a key element in the realization of a beautiful life for people – enhancing a quality of life that encompasses comfort, security, and happiness.

At this high-level session, leaders from the private and public sectors will discuss how tourism and leisure lead to a beautiful life, enhancing the lives of both the traveler and the local host community. What are the policies, strategies, and products that are optimizing tourism’s transformative force? How are destinations and companies offering experiences that contribute to a beautiful life? What impact will technology and innovation have? How does culture play a role? And as more people cross international borders every day, how can tourism and leisure continue to fulfill their potential?