Hosting Young Professionals at the Embassy

January 22, 2013 § Leave a comment

Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of hosting a young professionals get together at the Embassy. Attendees received a traditional Bahraini welcome with rosewater and traditional Bahraini coffee, and had the opportunity to look around the embassy and read about Bahrain ’s rich history that spans back thousands of years. Additionally, a henna artist was on hand to create designs for the guests. In Bahrain and other countries in the region, henna is used for happy occasions and gatherings.

After enjoying Bahraini food, the young professionals were treated to a performance from a traditional Oud player. The oud is a pear-shaped stringed instrument similar to a lute and is considered an ancestor of the guitar. Guests also heard from the embassy’s cultural counselor and Bahrain ’s trade representative. Next, they watched a short film showcasing the land and people of Bahrain .

Following the film, we had a brief question and answer session in which I was able to discuss topics as diverse as medical care and women’s rights.

The event was a great opportunity to interact with young professionals from around Washington . Throughout my time here, I have seen first hand how instrumental young professionals are to policymaking in Washington and it was a pleasure to host them at the embassy.

Check out some photos from the event on the Embassy’s Facebook Page.

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