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Focus on suq revamp as traditional coffee shop closes

Bahrain News
Fri, 03 Aug 2018

EFFORTS to revamp the Old Manama Suq were highlighted after the closure of a popular traditional coffee shop.

Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (Baca) president Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa met the Manama Suq Committee yesterday, along with owners of Abdulqader Coffee Shop.

The GDN reported yesterday that Abdulqader Coffee Shop was closed down after 44 years of business due to increasing expenses and failure to meet the cost of services.

The coffee shop, famous for its distinctive teas and light snacks, has been a hub for people of all ages to gather and socialise.

The meeting was held after people took to social media, calling on the government to reopen it through financial support as part of its plans to support local historic sites.

“These traditional coffee shops tell a lot of stories about the pioneers who passed through carrying the various historical epochs that flowed through this traditional market,” said Shaikha Mai in a statement.

The meeting was also attended by committee vice-chairman Mahmoud Al Namlaiti, Baca museums director Shaikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, and the Baca engineering team.

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