One World, Diverse Nations: The American University of Bahrain’s International Day 2023 Draws Thousands of Visitors

18 countries, 24 vendors and young businesses, 16 live performances

(Riffa, Bahrain) – On Saturday, March 11, the American University of Bahrain (AUBH) hosted the second edition of the AUBH International Day on its state-of-the-art campus, under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Representative of His Majesty the King for Humanitarian Work and Youth Affairs, who deputized His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Mubarak Juma, Minister of Education, to attend the event on his behalf. The community-wide event celebrated “One World, Diverse Nations” and highlighted two of the University’s values: diversity and inclusivity. Nearly 2,000 visitors, 18 participating countries, 22 international food and beverage outlets, and a lineup of live performances, AUBH International Day has captured the attention of spectators from all around the Kingdom.

The one-day event included an opening ceremony with speeches from Dr. Bradley J. Cook, AUBH President and His Excellency Steven C. Bondy, U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain, who in his speech, highlighted that education is at the forefront of cultural change, tolerance, and collaboration. AUBH International Day provides an engaging educational platform through the discovery and experience of unique cultures through gastronomy, music, language, and art.

The event included several activities and entertainment such as a traditional costume parade, ongoing performances; traditional games; a photo booth; and themed activities for young children. Guests included ambassadors; C-suite executives; leadership from local schools and universities, industry leaders; several public figures; and families.

Dr. Bradley J. Cook stated, “We are honored by the Patronage of His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa and the presence of Dr. Mohammed bin Mubarak Jumaa for the opening ceremony. We would like to thank the embassies, sponsors, vendors, and our dynamic and diverse AUBH Student Body who worked diligently to showcase their heritage and underscored His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa’s recognition of youth.”

The University wishes to thank all who made the event a success, especially strategic partner, Dallah Promotions; knowledge partner including Bahrain Authority of Culture and Antiquities, logistics sponsors including Bahrain International Circuit, Winners Academy; sponsors including YK Al Moayyed & Sons, CrediMax, Geely; media sponsors including Radio Bahrain, Local BH, Gulf Insider, Al Bilad Newspaper, Shabab Times, and Bahrain this Month; the embassies of France, Germany, Indonesia, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Philippines, South Korea, and the USA; community representatives and organizations including the Bahrain Olympic Committee, Bahrain Cancer Society, Hope Institute for Special Education, Rotaract Club of Bahrain, Bahrain Business Women Society, AIESEC, Youth Pioneer Society, Dream Big; all participants in the AUBH Traditional Costume Parade; the performers including Philippines School of Bahrain, Dj Baba Sounds, Aswar Al Quds, Kushari Band, and vendors including Caribou, Marble Slab, MK Burgers, Slice Bakery, RoseHill, Derby, Crepele, KOPH, Sun and Sand, Café Cantine BH, Bites, Burger Studio, Illy, Share Snack Bar, ETC Café, Tikka Tuk, and Reviive Café, Shop Qalam, and Tostado.