Bahrain king inaugurates biggest city in the country
Bahrain inaugurated its Northern Town residential archipelago project, claimed to be the biggest town in the country
Bahrain has officially opened its big residential project, Northern Town, which will provide housing for up to 100,000 people.
Northern City is located on an archipelago near in Bahrain's capital city, Manama, and was inaugurated by HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.
It is claimed to be the biggest town in Bahrain.
Al-Khalifa has reportedly named it Salman Town, in honour of HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier, according to Zawya.
Spread across 740ha, the housing town was built by filling in 37.5 million cubic meters of land in the shallow part of the Bahrain Island.
The new town will have all the social infrastructure set up: hospitals, schools, mosques, sports centres, transportation networks, and a dual carriageway will be develop for the 100,0000 residents.
Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) paid $700m (AED2.6bn) toward the development of the Northern Town. This is part of a bigger $2.5bn (AED9.1bn) grant the UAE provided to Bahrain under the framework of the Gulf Cooperation Council development plan for Bahrain.
Kuwait signed an agreement with Bahrain in 2015 worth $996m (KWD301m) to fund construction of the Northern Town and East Al-Hidd Town, according to the state-run Kuwait News Agency.
ADFD’s fund supported the construction of 2,694 units, as well as roads, bridges, and a smart sewer system.
ADFD director-general, Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi said the foreign aid agency was committed to working with the Bahrain government on “vital development projects [in] housing, water, health, transport, and communications.”
“The Northern [Town] project is one of the most strategic housing projects implemented by the Ministry of Housing in Bahrain. In fact, it is the largest in terms of area and number of housing units provided and is set to become home to 100,000 people upon completion," he added.
Northern City is among several projects being implemented by the Bahrain Ministry of Housing under a 25,000 unit building boom in response to Al Khalifa’s call to build 40,000 units.
Phase 1 construction of the Northern City project started in 2012.