$1bn King Abdullah Medical City taking shape in Bahrain

Bahrain's Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning will shortly be carrying out the infrastructure works for the $1bn King Abdullah Medical City

Officials at Bahrain's Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning discussing the Bahrain Medical City project.
Officials at Bahrain's Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning discussing the Bahrain Medical City project.

Bahrain's Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning will shortly be carrying out the infrastructure works for the $1bn King Abdullah Medical City, a mega healthcare project being developed in the south of the kingdom.

An interim financing contract worth $43.4m was recently signed between the government of Bahrain and the Saudi Development Fund, stated Ahmed Al Khayyat, the works affairs undersecretary at the ministry.

The scope of work includes the main 66 KV power station, a sewage treatment plant, water collection tanks besides sewerage, irrigation and storm-water drainage networks. The ministry will also handle the internal and external roads networks, lighting, telecommunication network and aesthetic works, he added.

The giant medical city project is being funded through a $267m grant from the late Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and will be built on a 100ha plot donated by HM King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain, at Durrat Al Bahrain.

The medical city will be a multiple-phased, mixed-use development comprising academic and medical facilities, a research centre, on-site accommodation and other communal facilities to create a self-sustained campus, said senior ministry officials.

Al Khayyat was speaking after a meeting with the officials of Saud Consult, the project consultants for King Abdulla Medical City, in the presence of advisor Nabeel Al Khalfan and Hassan Al Arrayedh from the Electricity & Water Authority (EWA) and representatives from the Arab Gulf University, the project owner.

Highlighting the infrastructure and facilities design stages, Al Khyatt said the preliminary designs for the project have completed, while the detailed designs are currently in process.

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