Bahrain national development strategy unveiled

National Plan maps out land use, infrastructure development up to 2030.

DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY: Bahrain has unveiled a plan to turn the kingdom into an economic powerhouse. (Getty Images)
DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY: Bahrain has unveiled a plan to turn the kingdom into an economic powerhouse. (Getty Images)

Bahrain has unveiled a national development strategy aimed at turning the kingdom into an economic powerhouse.

The strategy, named the National Plan, maps out land use and infrastructure development up to 2030 and beyond, Bahrain's Gulf Daily News reported on Wednesday.

It calls for the creation of special zones for industrial, commercial, tourism and residential projects, and for each region of Bahrain to be self-contained with their own health, education, commercial and leisure services, according to the newspaper.

"The National Plan is the most comprehensive study ever undertaken to assess the planning requirements of 21st century Bahrain," said Sheikh Hamed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, Municipalities and Agriculture Ministry assistant under-secretary for urban planning, quoted the paper.

"It is a comprehensive national land use programme that will transform Bahrain into one of the world's most highly regarded island nations."

The strategy will be reviewed every five years, he said.

Abu Dhabi launched its own development plan last year, Plan Abu Dhabi 2030.

The urban development strategy provides a framework for the UAE capital to guide planning decisions. Under the plan, the city's population is projected to grow from 930,000 to over three million people by 2030.

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