Dhaka’s celebration of ‘OIC City of Tourism’ begins
Bangladesh is set to officially celebrate its capital Dhaka's achievement as "OIC City of Tourism 2019" from Thursday aiming at showcasing rich Muslim heritage of more than 400-year old city before the global community, especially the Muslim tourists.
Dhaka was chosen as the "City of Tourism for 2019" by the tourism ministers of the OIC member states at the closing session of the 10th Islamic Conference of Tourism Ministers (ICTM) that was held last year here.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the two-day official celebration at Hotel InterContinental today morning in the presence of representatives from more than 30 OIC member states including OIC Assistance Secretary General Musa Kulaklikaya.
Musa will read out a statement of OIC secretary general Dr Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen. To be presided over by State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism M Mahbub Ali, the celebration programme will also be addressed by Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen.
After the inaugural session, the Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) arranged technical Dhaka city tours for the OIC member state representatives in the afternoon. The OIC delegation will visit nearly 500-year old Panam City in Narayanganj on Friday.
The BTB under Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry will arrange concert, laser show and fireworks at Hatir Jheel on Friday night as part of its celebration programme.
The board will also host cultural functions as well as welcome and farewell dinners for the foreign guests on Thursday and Friday night.
"We will showcase Dhaka's rich cultural and Muslim heritage, especially the archaeology, in front of the OIC member state representatives for encouraging them to promote our tourism in their respective countries," Civil Aviation and Tourism Secretary M Mohibul Haque said. -BSS