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Promoting Bahrain tops the agenda
Written by Ali Mushaima   
Thursday, 03 July 2008 15:48

Outside the Gulf Air office in Paris 

This morning, after breakfast at the hotel, I drove to the Gulf Air office in Paris and was welcomed by the manager, Vincent Verdonck and his staff.

We had a good meeting and spoke about how we could promote Bahrain as a tourist destination and also as a one or two day transit stop for people flying beyond Bahrain.

Also present at the meeting was Ebrahim Ali, Third Secretary at the Bahrain Embassy in Paris. I was really pleased to see that both the embassy and Gulf Air were very keen to work with us, or indeed anyone who wants to promote the kingdom.

Ali, right, outside the Bahrain Embassy in Paris with, from left, Ebrahim Ali, Adnan Al Hamdai and Shaikh Khalid bin Mohammed Al Khalifa. 

Later, we drove to the Bahrain Embassy and met Charge d'Affaires Shaikh Khalid bin Mohammed, who spoke about how important missions like Friendship Arabia were to promote understanding among all countries and cultures.

Following the meeting, I went to see my friend Khadija Al Salami, a filmmaker  who had come to Bahrain to screen her multiple award-winning film Amina, a true story about a girl who was sentenced to death in Yemen. We had a good lunch, then Khadija drove me back to my car which was parked outside the embassy.

With filmmaker Khadija Al Salami 

The embassy was still open, and Ebrahim kindly offered use of the Internet to send my report and pictures.

From here, I will be driving to London, where I have another embassy appointment to keep.