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Old April 3rd, 2006, 10:37 AM   #21
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I really like its concept of the project.
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Old April 4th, 2006, 07:31 AM   #22
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i hope all of you visit bahrain say 2012 :P
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Old April 5th, 2006, 05:14 PM   #23
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Death of executives in Bahrain boat disaster will not halt work on landmark towers
By MOHAMMED GHASRA
2 April 2006

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) - The builders of a pair of landmark sail-shaped skyscrapers lost 16 executives and engineers when a cruise ship capsized last week, but the companies vowed they will press ahead in finshing construction.

The twin towers of the Bahrain World Trade Center -- now just a 50-story tall skeleton of concrete and steel on the coastline of the capital Manama -- have become a symbol of this tiny Gulf island nation's drive to revive its reputation as a banking and commercial hub that rivals booming Dubai to the south.

To celebrate the construction, South Africa's Murray & Roberts Group was throwing a dinner-and-dance party on the Al-Dana, a tradition dhow sailboat turned into a pleasure boat, when the cruise turned to tragedy.

The vessel -- which Bahraini officials have said was licensed only as a floating restaurant nor for cruises -- capsized with 130 people on board Thursdsay night while taking a turn in the waters about a kilometer (half mile) off the Bahraini shore. Partygoers on the top deck were thrown into the water, while those on the lower deck were trapped inside.

Fifty-eight people died -- 16 of them top executives from Murray & Roberts and the British engineering firm Atkins, including the World Trade Center project director. The dead included 15 Britons and 22 Indians as well as nationals from South Africa, Pakistan, the Philippines, Ireland, Germany and South Korea.

The head of Bahrain's prosecutors office, Osama al-Oofi, said Sunday that survivors told investigators that the vessel took "a sharp turn to the right," sending material and passengers sliding to the side and causing the boat to lose its balance completely.

Work has stopped on the World Trade Center site since Friday. But Samir Nass, vice chairman and managing director of Nass Corp., a top partner in the construction, told The Associated Press the US$150 million (euro124 million) towers remain on schedule for completion in this year's third or fourth quarters.

Reached by telephone in Houston, Texas, he said onsite managerial restructuring are being put in place before work resumes on the twin towers.

His brother and partner Ghazi Nass said the company will upgrade "safety precautions" at the on Monday and that normal construction activity will resume the following day.

An average of 1,000 workers are employed on the site, most of whom are Nass Corp. employees.

Bahrain's longtime Prime Minister, Sheik Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa, called on Bahrainis to "positively cooperate" with the investigation he has ordered into the incident. In a statement issued after the Cabinet's weekly meeting Sunday, he said all those found responsible must be punished.

The boat's captain, an Indian national, is in custody for questioning, and officials say he was not licensed to pilot the craft. Authorities are still searching for one person, a Philippine woman, missing from the accident, an Interior Ministry spokesman, Col. Tariq al-Hassan, said.

Bahrain, a tiny kingdom on the western shore of the Persian Gulf and home to the U.S. 5th Fleet, has witnessed major development over the past few years, with infrastructure projects going hand in hand with economic growth.

Manama has been transformed from a relatively sleepy city to a sprawling metropolis that attracts tourists from the region and elsewhere.

A traditional banking center since the 1970s, Bahrain has been vying to lure more diversified investment and has managed to become a main venue for auto sports by hosting a Formula 1 Grand prix race, the sport's top event.

The landscape has changed dramatically in recent years, with towers and glitzy malls sprouting up along the city's sea front coast. Now, it's dominated by the twin towers of the World Trade Center, to be the country's tallest buildings on completion.

Bahrain in the 1980s was what Dubai is now to the Gulf -- a relatively liberal nation where nationals from other Gulf Arab countries banked, took holidays and partied.

But a violent rights campaign in the mid-1990s by Bahrain's Shiite Muslim majority undermined its reputation for stability and coincided with the start of Dubai's rapid rise to becoming a key commercial and tourist Middle East center.

Bahrain, however, stresses that it's not in competition with Dubai.

"Our development in Bahrain is based on sound economic foundations and our property development matches economic requirements," said Zakaria Hijris, chief executive of Bahrain's Economic Development Board.

"We don't leap, we just take steady steps," he told AP. "Our priorities had not changed from the 1980s -- financial and banking services."

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Associated Press reporter Tarek al-Issawi contributed to this report from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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Old April 6th, 2006, 01:19 AM   #24
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Bahrain may be small, but the people, the city and the projects are attracting me. It's getting a great waterfront too. I especially adore the beautiful colored clothes, like this


The women are handsome too
You're not an arab are you, or you haven't been to Bahrain recently i think.. Cuz ppl here don't really wear such clothes.. Bahrainis are much more westernized, which a good few ppl see as an unfortunate thing..

Here are pictures i took a couple of days ago

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Old April 6th, 2006, 02:11 PM   #25
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Bahrain Bay

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Old April 6th, 2006, 11:09 PM   #26
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Wow... I never thought I'd say this about a building in Dubai or Qatar or Bahrain etc., but what a fresh, sleek facade... 'must be the glass.

Neat!

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Old April 7th, 2006, 02:50 PM   #27
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That's very stuning project.
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Old April 7th, 2006, 02:51 PM   #28
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What a view!!!!
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Old April 7th, 2006, 11:01 PM   #29
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www.bahrainbay.com

thats the website..i heard they are updating it very soon so check it out
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Old April 7th, 2006, 11:07 PM   #30
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I much prefer these projects than anything in Dubai. I can't believe that these have somehow kept a low profile as I knew nothing of them.
What is that central tower in Bahrain Bay for? ...it looks amazing.
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Old April 8th, 2006, 12:04 AM   #31
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thats the new four seasons hotel..its like 320 meters.
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Old April 8th, 2006, 08:44 PM   #32
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Ok boys am back and here are some pics for you. With respect to Bahrain Bay, the 4 seasons hotel tower will be around 300 m (mentioned in an article) and will be the tallest building in bahrain (if nothing new comes up before it's completed).

Ok here are some pics (I'll keep some for later). There were taken at the beginning of april:

This is the waterfront (part of it) (Pics are courtesy of erratic):



You can clearly see where the wind turbines will be.




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Old April 8th, 2006, 09:02 PM   #33
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well considering its size...Land is getting a bit short and population is rising..and Bahrain has a large surronding of sea water.. iam sure they have sum sorta plan about the reclamation..but sure you have some people against projects like these..
If have nothing against these projects, but they are pure for status and not for the need of land, their is enough desert in the middle east

Geuss Im gonna do a combined desert and city trip for a couple of moths in the future!
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Old April 9th, 2006, 05:28 PM   #34
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Wowwww No words to explain it!!
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Old April 9th, 2006, 07:53 PM   #35
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i agreeeeee!
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Old April 9th, 2006, 09:51 PM   #36
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Old April 10th, 2006, 02:26 AM   #37
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Just to add to those renders:





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Freaking sweet.
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Old April 11th, 2006, 03:49 AM   #39
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If for some reason you can't see the renders above, just copy the url in a new page and it should show up.

Here is a recent pic courtesy of solvo:

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Old April 11th, 2006, 04:11 AM   #40
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wow that looks like a monster..facade is coming along nicely..
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