The newly restored Nuzul Al Salam heritage house has reopened as a hotel in the old town of Muharraq, Bahrain. The renovation is a joint project between the UAE and Sheikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Centre for Culture and Research in Bahrain, as part of wider collaborative efforts between the cultural authorities of the two Gulf nations.
Formerly known as the Fathallah House, the property has been renamed Nuzul Al Salam, which, an announcement states, is meant to celebrate the traits of peace, humanity, and tolerance of Sheikh Zayed, the UAE’s Founding Father.
Located in the old town of Muharraq, it is the first hotel to form part of the Pearling Path, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that connects several key components of the region’s pearling industry. The building reflects traditional local architecture and modern Arabian design influences.
The restoration project is the result of a bilateral agreement that was signed at the Emirati-Bahraini Committee in Bahrain’s capital, Manama, last year. Ammar Basheir and his team of young Bahraini architects were behind the restoration, which strived to preserve elements of authentic local craftsmanship. The team also included 12 archaeology and architecture students from Zayed University, UAE University, Abu Dhabi University, Sharjah University, and New York Abu Dhabi University.
Thematically, the building’s design is inspired by the legend of Gilgamesh, which is seen through its wall hangings and decorative floors. The courtyard also features a garden filled with lemon and orange trees. The rooms in the property are inspired by the tale and the courtyard includes a garden filled with lemon and orange trees, symbolizing the generosity of the late Sheikh Zayed.
When the project was first announced, Al Kaabi said: “These houses will become platforms for the promotion of Gulf and international culture and art through seminars and festivals that contribute to the preservation of Gulf culture.”
You can book rooms at Nuzul Al Salam through the Shaikh Ebrahim Centre for Culture and Research’s website.
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