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The celebrations of the 72nd Anniversary of the Italian Republic were held on 7 May at the Gulf Hotel Convention & SPA in Manama, presided over by the Ambassador of Italy S.E. Domenico Bellato in the presence of S.A. Shaikh Salman bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, deputized by HRH the Prime Minister, the Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs S.E. Faisal Al Doseri and the Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs S.E. Shaikha Rana Al Khalifa. The Minister of Oil, S.E. Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Khalifa, and the Minister of Trade and Industry, S.E. Zayed bin Rashid Al Zayani also attended.

Numerous representatives of the Bahraini institutional, economic, cultural and social world were also present, as well as members of the diplomatic corps and a large representation of the Italian community living in Bahrain. The reception was preceded by a beautiful classical guitar recital by Lorenzo Bernardi and Thu Le, dedicated to the great history of Italian music from Vivaldi to Morricone.

The celebration took place in the main hall of the Gulf Hotel, set up for the occasion with symbols of Made in Italy excellence: Ferrari, Maserati and Alfa Romeo cars, Ducati and Piaggio motorcycles and scooters. Specialties of Italian cuisine, prepared by Chef Carlo Cirone, highlighted the uniqueness of Italian culinary traditions.

Special thanks go to the musical band of the Ministry of the Interior of Bahrain and to the sponsors who contributed to the event: Alfa Romeo, Technip FMC, Gulf Brands, Ornare Flowers.