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Bahrain PM: ‘Speed up’ $21m waterfront development

A construction contract for Phase 2 of the Saada Waterfront could be awarded in May 2018

HRH Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa.
HRH Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa.

Construction of Bahrain’s $21m (BHD8m) Saada Waterfront needs to speed up, according to HRH Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa.

Stakeholders need to “speed up the implementation” of the mixed-use Saada Waterfront development in Muharraq, one of the biggest cities in Bahrain, Al Khalifa said this week.

Phase 2 of the Saada Waterfront mixed-use development could be completed by April 2019, the state-run Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported him to have said.

READ: Bahrain urban planning body approves Manama-Muharraq waterfront.

The phase includes construction of seven buildings and 45 food and drink outlets.

A main construction contract for Phase 2 could be issued in May 2018, with work starting a month later. Alongside this, a tender for construction of a multi-storey carpark with 500 spaces could be issued soon, according to Al Khalifa. He did not provide a date for the tender.

However, the prime minster said he wanted the carpark, which will connect the Saada Waterfront with the Muharraq Market, built quickly to alleviate traffic congestion in the area.

His call to accelerate the next phase of construction for the Saada Waterfront comes after he was updated on the project’s progress by the Minister of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning, Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, this week.

Al Khalifa also said that officials needed to “speed up” the time it takes to issue construction permits in order avoid delays.

Saada Waterfront is a major development in Bahrain, which aims to transform the historic city of Muharraq into a regional hub for cultural tourism. The mixed-use development includes shops and hotels, a promenade and a marina for yachts.

Bahrain’s leaders claim it will significantly improve the commercial and recreational services in Muharraq.

Phase 1 has been completed, according to the company leading the development, Bahrain Real Estate Investment (Edamah).

Phase 1 saw an area of 1.8ha reclaimed, walls built to block seawater, and jetties erected.

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