200,000 expected to visit Mara’ee




MORE than 200,000 people are expected to flock to one of Bahrain’s biggest animal shows this weekend.

Bahrain’s third animal production show, Mara’ee, will be opened by His Majesty King Hamad on Friday at the Endurance Village in Sakhir.

This year’s event, organised by the Municipalities and Urban Planning Affairs Ministry, will focus on the importance of animal production and health and will feature 180 exhibitors from 35 countries.

It will include an animal exhibition with breeds of farm animals, a horse show, a bird show, Fish World, live expos, an outdoor theatre, children’s stations, a farmers’ market and an educational zone.

For the first time, the three-day event will also include a rodeo, bio-poultry farm, horse puppets, hen parade and training on dealing with animals.

International artists Frenchman Remi Bertoche and Germans Christine Shuebel and Erna Goudbeek will also hold art exhibitions on the sidelines of the event, along with an exhibition displaying photographs from the book The Birds of Dilmun.

The show will be open to the public from Saturday until Monday from 9am to 9pm.

“We have increased the size of the venue by 30 per cent and we had to select participants because demands exceeded available slots,” said Municipalities and Urban Planning Affairs Minister Dr Juma Al Ka’abi during a Press conference yesterday at the village.

“The ministry is proud to have the Flying Frenchman Lorenzo, the top show horseman in the world, to show his amazing acrobatic moves first to the King and later to the public. He is just one of the many surprises that we have brought from across the world to the event.”

He said a major part of Mara’ee would focus on trade and increasing Bahrain’s animal production industries.

“Mara’ee is focusing on the importance of animal production and health and the ongoing enhancement of benefits for individuals, investors and businesses,” he added.

“Technology and science will also be featured at the event, showcasing the major role they play in the emerging trends with emphasis on livestock, poultry and aquaculture.”

During the show, animal breeders will compete for top awards in six categories; horses, dogs, birds, falcons, camels and cows.

Mara’ee executive director and Manama Municipality director Shaikh Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Khalifa said a mobile phone application has been created especially for the show. It can be downloaded from AppStore.

Source: Gulf Daily News: http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/NewsDetails.aspx?storyid=372763

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