Mai bint 


Al Khalifa


Mai Al Khalifa is nominee to the post of Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization, the first female contender for the position

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Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa

 President of the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities

 Chairperson: Arab Regional Center for World Heritage (ARC-WH)

 Founder and Chairperson: Shaikh Ibrahim bin Mohammed

Center for Culture and Research

 Nominee for Secretary General, United Nations World

Tourism Organization


Touring the Muharraq Revitalization Project with H.E. Sheikh Khaled Bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, Deputy Prime Minister of Bahrain, and Farroq Derakhshani, Director of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture

Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa is

an influential international figure, known for her leadership in the fields of tourism, culture, art

and sustainable development. She was listed as one of the 50 most influential women in the 

Arab World by Forbes magazine in 2005. Acknowledging the power of culture as a driver

of sustainable development, Mai Al Khalifa has spearheaded innovative projects to develop infrastructure to deliver on the global SDGs.

Mai Al Khalifa is translating this energy into

a drive to re-build tourism around the world in the wake of the damaging and dangerous Covid-19 pandemic. The global economy and the welfare of hundreds of millions of individuals is dependent upon it. She has staked her case on the leadership of the United Nations, the World Tourism Organization and the World Travel and Tourism Council, as well as other state and private sector bodies, to achieve this. Bold visions are required and that is what we have come to expect her to deliver.


In the News

African Tourism Board Shining, Fighting, and Endorsing at General Assembly

The Chairman of the African Tourism Board Cuthbert Ncube today endorsed Her Excellency Mai Al Khalifa from Bahrain for the post of Secretary-General for UNWTO...

12 January 2021,
BACA Chief Gets Backing for Top UNWTO Post

The Arab Tourism Ministers' Council has unanimously approved the nomination of Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (BACA) President Shaikha Mai bint 
Mohammed Al Khalifa to the post of UN World Tourism Organisation...

28 December 2020,
Trade Arabia
Bahraini Cultural Icon Vying to be First Female Head of United Nation’s Tourism Arm
For the first time since its founding, a woman is vying for the post of secretary general of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) for the 2022-
2025 term...
08 December 2020,