Right in the heart of the historic city of Muharraq in Bahrain, the newly restored Nuzul Al Salam heritage house has reopened as a hotel. Previously named Fathallah House, the hotel is the first to open as part of the Bahrain Pearling Trail, which made its way to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2012.
“I am delighted to see Fathallah House breathe new life again, especially that it encapsulates the beauty of Bahraini culture and architecture, said Sheikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khallifa, chairwoman of the board of trustees of the Sheikh Ebrahim Centre for Culture and Research, who is behind the renovation.
“The house has been a cultural landmark in Muharraq since 1947 and a key tourist destination for visitors to the Pearling Path, an important UNESCO heritage site,” she added.
The building, which mixes modern and traditional design was inspired by the legend of Gilgamesh, with the story told through the art hanging on the heritage hotel’s walls and decorative floors.
The extensive restoration of the project was done alongside the UAE. Her Excellency Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi made her way to Bahrain for the hotel’s official launch.
“As we open Nuzul Al Salam, we reiterate our collaboration and historic relations with the Kingdom of Bahrain,” she said before adding, “We share a common history and vision for the preservation of Arab culture and heritage, and Nuzul Al Salam represents our shared rich cultural heritage in the Gulf region and the Middle East.”