City Centre gets add-on complex

US $663 million shopping complex will be linked to a mixed use development containing apartments, offices and a hotel.

Manama Municipal Council has given the green light for the project
Manama Municipal Council has given the green light for the project

A massive new development, which is to be linked with the US $663 million (BD250 million) Bahrain City Centre, has been given the go-ahead by Manama Municipal Council.

The project, to be spread over 211,023m2, will be connected to its sister complex by a bridge.

Both projects are being developed by Majid Al Futtaim Group on the Manama coast.

The new complex includes offices, shops, furnished apartments, flats and a hotel.

"The project will have a different name to that of the centre, but it will be linked to it," said Maher Al Shaer, general manager, Bahrain City Centre.

"We have just started preparing for this project, for which we are currently finalising the designs, in addition to costs."

Bahrain City Centre, which is scheduled for completion in June next year, will include a four- and five-star hotel, with a total of 550 rooms.

The project will become the first integrated entertainment, shopping and leisure resort in Bahrain and one of the largest in the GCC.

The $354 million contract to build the three-level mall was awarded to a joint venture between local firm Cebarco and Malaysian contractor WCT Engineering last year.

When completed, it will occupy over 150,000m2, containing over 360 stores and various leisure facilities including a giant indoor and outdoor water park, a bowling centre, a Magic Planet family entertainment centre and Cineco Cinema, which will be the largest complex in the region, with 20 screens.

Voltas was awarded the $106 million electro-mechanical contract for work on the project in October last year.

The contract forms part of the $530 million electricity infrastructure development for the project.

This is the third major job undertaken by the India-based MEP contractor in Bahrain and is among the largest electro-mechanical projects ever awarded in the Gulf state.

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