Mr. Ahmed Suleiman, whose voice was the first to be heard as the English-language Radio Bahrain was launched nearly 30 years ago.

The Arab college of Jerusalem graduate joined the Bahrain Broadcasting stationís Arabic Service in 1965. † He started as a reporter, broadcaster and scriptwriter going on to become the head of programmes of the Arabic Service. †

Mr. Suleiman started setting up the English service in 1976 and continued as Head of Radio Bahrain until he retired in 1998 after which he served as an advisor.

His career including interviewing world leaders, royalty and even boxing legend Mohamed Ali.

Prior to his arrival in Bahrain, he served with the BBC Arabic Service as a broadcaster, producer, reporter and a scriptwriter, from 1959 to 1965.

Mr. Suleiman started off the English language station in a brick building in Isa Town from where it sent out its first signals on April 2, 1977. † The station then moved to Adliya, before eventually moving into the now modern studios on†November 1st, 1989 at the Ministry of Information Complex in Isa Town.

While working in Radio Bahrain, he also served as a freelance reporter for Reuter News Agency and the BBC.

Mr. Suleiman was buried at 9am on Thursday December 15th, 2005 at the Manama cemetery.