|SOCIAL AND CULTURAL PROJECTS
As well as its commitments to a range of activities, Arcapita has funded several prominent capital projects in keeping with its commitment to the Kingdom of Bahrain, the location of its headquarters. In addition to those listed below, Arcapita is also a tier one contributor to several other educational and social programs.
- Bin Matar House
The Bin Matar House, opened in 2009 is a cultural center within Muharraq, the most historical part of Bahrain. The Bin Matar House, which was built in 1905 by the Bin Matar family, prominent members of Bahrain's pearling community, is one of the original and typical Bahraini houses. It required major structural work to rescue the original building and restore the inside to its original form. Bin Matar House presents a full account of the historical island of Muharraq, covering trade, commerce, society, crafts, arts and education. Arcapita funded the renovation and reconstruction.
- Muharraq Sculpture Symposium
In November 2008, Arcapita sponsored the 1st Muharraq Sculpture Symposium, hosted by the Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Center for Culture and Research. For three weeks, ten sculptors from around the world gathered in Bahrain and worked alongside each other as they created their artworks from marble blocks imported from Oman. The wonderfully unique sculptures that resulted from the Symposium speak for the high level of artistic achievement resulting from their efforts. The sculptures created during the Symposium are now permanently exhibited outside Bin Matar House, a historic house located in Muharraq.
- Qal'at Al Bahrain Museum
Arcapita funded the construction of the Qal'at Al Bahrain Museum (Bahrain Fort Museum), which opened in February 2008. The museum, which has been built to meet with the highest standards in museum design, is an important addition to the cultural sector within Bahrain. Qal'at Al Bahrain, capital of the Dilmun civilization and site of human habitation since 2300 BC, has been placed on the UNESCO World Heritage list and Qal'at Al Bahrain Museum will support this status, as a reference center for the Dilmun civilization, Islamic heritage and the history of the development of Bahrain and the neighboring region.
- Busaiteen Community Center
In September 2007, the Busaiteen Community Center was inaugurated. The center was funded by Arcapita and is an extensive modern facility for the provision of sporting and community services to the area, in particular for young people. In an area with limited existing community facilities, the center is being used widely by the entire community in support of a wide variety of activities, including indoor and outdoor sports, games, lectures and meetings.