Events organised by civil, professional and charitable associations in Bahrain during Ramadan are an occasion to meet people from all sectors.
However, they cost money, in addition to a lot of organisational and logistical effort, and this is all the more reason for organisers to deserve thanks and gratitude.
Moreover, despite the noble social purpose behind these gatherings, many do not rise to the occasion, with clear lack of effort. Many associations and organisations do not resort to organised collective action, but depend on volunteers. This leads to virtually no accountability and sometimes bad organisation. This is unacceptable.
People who run these organisations and occupy top positions should be capable of taking on the responsibilities that come with them, and not just appear in the media to give soundbites and get pictures taken. I must stress here that it is immaterial whether such events are held in five-star hotels because the venue has nothing to do with the overall organising. For example, it is very inappropriate to invite senior guests, including ministers and diplomats, members of Shura and parliament and then not follow the protocol to receive and take care of them.
It is important that everyone leaves the function with the best impression of Bahrain’s youth being able to organise large events.
Cultural programmes should also be varied and interesting and gifts and giveaways should be attractive to keep the audience engaged.
At one event I attended, gifts and prizes given away were not even suitable for kindergarten students, let alone anyone else.
I do not exaggerate, since I personally received two of these. Dignitaries present were invited on stage to receive such prizes!
I hope those responsible will accept my reservations and objective criticism. I have no interest other than national reputation and that of their associations.
I would also like to emphasise that if it were not for my love and appreciation, I would not have highlighted this.
We must all be honest and put public interest above all.
Only then can we raise the level of work and achieve excellence.