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Insha to kick off construction of Bahrain's $47m Wadi Al Riffa homes

Manara Developments says construction on its affordable homes scheme will start on 20 March, with handover due in early-2020

Wadi Al Riffa is an affordable housing scheme in Bahrain [representational image].
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Wadi Al Riffa is an affordable housing scheme in Bahrain [representational image].

Manara Developments will start construction on its $47m (BHD17.6m) Wadi Al Riffa affordable homes project on 20 March, 2019, as the Bahrain-based developer readies to deliver units in early 2020.

Tubli-headquartered Insha Contracting has been appointed as the main contractor for the project's development works, which are expected to last 10 months.

Manara Developments said home delivery is set for early 2020, adding that the tender for the infrastructure works of the entire development has also been floated for a number of specialised contractors.

The developer plans to appoint an infrastructure works contractor by next month to deliver internal road, street lighting, electricity, water, and sewerage networks.

According to a company statement hosted by Zawya, Phase 1 of Wadi Al Riffa consists of 29 attached villas, each occupying plots between 180m2 and 233m2 in size, with the first stage having a built-up area of 235m2.

Each unit consists of three master bedrooms, a majlis, a living room, a dining area, an external kitchen, a maid's room with a toilet, a laundry room, and a garage with space for two cars.

Commenting on the project, Dr Hasan Al Bastaki, Manara Developments' managing director, said: “[The company] is determined to develop its projects into more than just a living space.

“Our projects include facilities that create social interactions amongst residents and facilitate access to their daily living requirements in line with the national social housing strategy.”

The news comes as Bahrain’s government works to expand its social housing stock in a bid to provide low-income citizens with affordable housing under the Mazaya programme.

Earlier this month, the kingdom’s Ministry of Housing announced the maximum age for scheme beneficiaries had been raised from 35 to 50 years, with a minimum salary set for $1,320 (BD500).

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