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Slugbelch Aug 5, 2006 4:16 PM

Bahrain Developments
Bahrain discovers number one formula
by Zoe Naylor
July 29, 2006

While the UAE may grab the majority of the construction headlines, the diminutive Kingdom of Bahrain is attracting a growing share of attention as a swathe of new projects get underway. Bahrain made history in 2004 as the first Middle Eastern nation to stage the Formula One Grand Prix.
More than 12,000 tonnes of stone were used to construct the race circuit — a third of it Welsh granite, chosen for the track surface due to its adhesive qualities.
The success of this fast-tracked project put Bahrain firmly at the centre of Gulf motor sport, and at the same time helped pave the way for countless other bold construction projects. But with such a limited natural land area on which to build, reclamation work is fast becoming a vital element within Bahrain’s construction scene.

Durrat Al Bahrain islands:
The US $1 billion (BD378 million) Durrat Al Bahrain islands will stretch over an area of 20km2 of reclaimed desert and sea. Located near the southern tip of Bahrain, the development will include 13 different islands with more than 2,000 villas and 3,000 apartments. There will also be hotels, restaurants, promenades, shopping centres, a marina and an 18-hole championship golf course.
June 2006:

Amwaj Islands:

Another mega project is Amwaj Islands, a group of man-made islands, which has been reclaimed off the northeast coast of Al Muharraq Island. Developed by Ossis and covering an area of around 2.8 million m2, the mixed-use project will combine residential neighbourhoods, commercial districts and leisure resorts.

The $1.5 billion development will provide 9.5km of beachfront land and is due for completion in August 2007. With the reclamation of Amwaj Islands now complete, developers are getting underway with infrastructure projects on the islands.

The latest project to be unveiled is The Lagoon Bahrain, 55,000m2 of commercial space located on a waterside strip of Amwaj Islands. “Simplex Almoayyed won the piling contract for the project and has just begun work,” says Amer Al Khan, development director, The Lagoon Bahrain. Overall completion of the project is scheduled for August 2007.

According to Al Khan, Bahrain was the ideal choice for The Lagoon project. “Business here is booming, especially after Formula One was awarded to Bahrain — and tourism is definitely increasing. A lot of new franchises are coming to Bahrain and there’s a lot of new hotels and projects coming up, too. It’s similar to how Dubai boomed over the past 10 years.

Slugbelch Aug 5, 2006 4:17 PM

Bahrain Bay:
Another Bahraini project that is destined to have a major impact on the local (and regional) economy is Bahrain Bay,
a $1.5 billion urban development based in the kingdom’s capital, Manama. Incorporating commercial, residential and retail space set around
the Manama waterfront, the project will include Bahrain’s first Four Seasons hotel and will be also home to Arcapita’s new global headquarters.
Turner Construction is the project manager for the Bahrain Bay master plan, while Atkins is the lead consultant.
The project will be executed in three phases, with phase one involving a 430,000m2 land reclamation,
which was started by Boskalis a few months ago.
Contracts for the building works and infrastructure packages are due to be awarded shortly.
Upon final completion — expected in December 2010 — the total built-up area of Bahrain Bay will be over 1.1 million m2 and will transform
the kingdom into a regional centre for banking and finance. “There are many aspects that make Bahrain Bay a particularly attractive
opportunity,” says Atif Abdulmalik, CEO, Arcapita. “The demographic changes within Bahrain, its proximity to the rapidly growing
Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia and the location within Manama’s prime northern corridor make this a compelling project.
“Then there is the early commitment of the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, and the innovative architectural design
and the experience and track record of each of the companies involved in the development; combined, they make this a unique proposition.”

Slugbelch Aug 5, 2006 4:19 PM

Financial Harbour:
Adjacent to Bahrain Bay is the $1.3 billion Bahrain Financial Harbour (BFH). Built on reclaimed land, the first phase of this
integrated financial community (the Financial Centre) is now 75% complete. The Financial Centre will be the focus of all monetary activities
within the development. This phase of the project incorporates the Dual Towers, the Financial Mall and the Harbour House.
Scheduled for overall completion in 2010, the BFH project will spread over 380,000m² of reclaimed land designed for commercial,
residential and leisure purposes.
Near to BFH and Bahrain Bay is the 240m twin tower Bahrain World Trade Center (WTC), which is currently in the fit-out stage.
Designed by Atkins, the structure incorporates three 29m diameter horizontal axis turbines mounted between the WTC’s triangular-shaped towers.
These will be used to harness the wind energy from the Gulf, and are predicted to provide the building with up to 15% of its power demands.
The Kingdom of Bahrain is in the midst of a construction boom that shows no sign of letting up. With mega projects ranging from commercial,
leisure, tourism and residential developments through to infrastructure and airport expansion,
it’s no wonder that the region’s contractors are sizing up Bahrain as the latest boom town.

Slugbelch Sep 20, 2006 1:58 PM

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Beiruti Sep 20, 2006 3:38 PM


Thskyscraper Sep 22, 2006 12:55 AM

Nice. Manama has some really nice projects on the way.

malec Sep 22, 2006 1:00 AM

I love Bahrain's developments. Mightn't be as large as Dubai's but they're definitely top quality. The WTC towers are really turning out fantastic

Slugbelch Oct 6, 2006 3:45 AM


Originally Posted by Thskyscraper
Nice. Manama has some really nice projects on the way.

I hope so....

MANAMA: Rocketing prices of building materials are hindering Bahrain's construction boom, the Cabinet heard yesterday.
25 September 2006

The reluctance of local people to work in this sector was also having a negative impact, ministers heard.

However, the session, chaired by Prime Minister Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, discussed ways of addressing these challenges and ensuring growth "continues unabated."

The Cabinet proposed that a semi-state company be set up to carry out housing projects approved by the Works and Housing Ministry. The project would co-opt the private sector in the execution of government housing schemes.

The proposed company would function through Sharia-based sukuks or direct loans with maturity ranging between three and five years. The private sector and the ministry, which will retain a majority stake in the capital base, will own it.

The project was referred to the financial and economic affairs committee for more scrutiny.

In other development, the Cabinet approved a law granting APM Terminals Bahrain exclusive rights to operate and run Mina Salman.

Under the deal, the consortium will also run, operate and develop Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Seaport in accordance with the terms and conditions specified in sealed contracts.

The privatisation move will not however be detrimental to the workers' professional rights and privileges.

Slugbelch Oct 6, 2006 3:49 AM

Today (Oct. 5):

Slugbelch Oct 13, 2006 1:36 AM

Some more from Oct. 5:

Slugbelch Dec 13, 2006 4:23 PM

Dec. 1:

Sky Tower Dec 18, 2006 3:30 AM

There's some really nice devopements here. Quite clinical looking but some really interesting projects. Thank you for the updates.

Is this 1022m monster still in the pipeline or has silk city been scrapped?

Bergenser Dec 18, 2006 8:02 PM

wow, Bahrain is like a mini Dubai! :D

Slugbelch Dec 30, 2006 11:10 PM

Neglected this thread for a while. Time to catch up:

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Thread in the highrise section:

Ex-Ithacan Jan 27, 2007 2:26 PM

OMG, I had no idea. Manama was kind of a sleeping little fueling outpost with a small naval base when my ship pulled in back in '73. I'm flabbergasted by the amount of development. Thanks so much for posting this and opening my eyes.

zilfondel Mar 28, 2007 6:04 PM

I gots to say, Bahrain is a real city with new development, quite unlike the 'instant city' of Dubai. You guys should be quite proud of that Bahrain WTC twin towers; they are quite contextual.

Nifty read on them for their sustainability features:

love those wind turbines!

M.K. Mar 28, 2007 9:50 PM

Small UAE, I would say but lovely bldgs and island palm as well. Very nice to plan to go there.

Urban Sky Mar 29, 2007 1:47 AM

the entire middle east never ceases to amaze me. im honestly impressed every time i open a thread here.

Slugbelch Jul 5, 2007 1:40 AM

^ I agree :tup:

Bahrain in the coming years:

Slugbelch Jul 5, 2007 1:43 AM

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