Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (BACA) President Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al-Khalifa stressed the importance of Hagia Sophia museum.

Shaikha Mai, also  Arab Regional Center for World Heritage (ARC-WH) President, described the Hagia Sophia monument as a “unique ancient site and a distinguished cultural heritage icon”.

In a statement today, she stressed the necessity of reaching “a consensus among religious scholars as well as cultural and heritage experts” she said, regretting that the “monument has become a subject of disagreement and division”.

Bahrain features currently among the 21 countries that are members of the World Heritage Committee, emanating from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization "UNESCO", a UN agency concerned with the preservation, protection and care of human heritage sites listed on the World Heritage List.