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In 2007, following an 18-month process of research, analysis, consultation and design, SOM submitted the Bahrain 2030 National Planning Development Strategies. The plan is the first project to inventory and propose virtually every aspect of a new national infrastructure. It exemplifies a forward-looking process designed to address the role sustainable land use development can play in guaranteeing stable, predictable, and long-term economic growth.
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Year Completed: 2007
Site Area: 75,000 hectares
 

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I think 50-60 floor skyscrapers are tall enough... And we have quite a few of those (not Many though) planned and underconstruction already... ^^

We don't need more.. More might even look wrong.... A denser skyline is better than a tiny supertall skyline imo...
 

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Plan looks great, I hope if it's executed fully it'll end up looking like that.

There is no point in building a supertall if it's not economically feasible. A good example is the petronas towers, Malaysia won't build taller, not for a very long time. I think 300 m is the next target for Bahrain, already there are plans for that (Durrat tower) and am sure gradually we'll reach 400 m and so on.

Fingers crossed that this one is realized. One thing we need is the greenery.
 

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Kuwait group wins Muharraq project

From Bahrain Tribune..


Tenders were opened for the BD19 million park and garden in Muharraq. Kuwait’s Salah Al Rumaih Group has been entrusted with the project, said Chairman of the Muharraq Municipal Council, Mohammed Jassim Hamada, yesterday.
Salah Rumaih, who won the award told Tribune, the project, once its masterplan was approved, would be taken over by the group and work was expected to begin in August and be completed in 18 months.
“The design of the park and garden is more European in theme and hence we have asked for the assistance of an Italian landscaping expert to work on this project,” Al Rumaih said.
The garden will be more of a build-own-operate project, with the municipality being compensated with rents. The Muharraq garden will be their first project in Bahrain and it will launch the entry of the group into the Kingdom.
The project will comprise an A-grade restaurant and fast food joints. The park will comprise a shopping arcade, with all shops being let out. In addition, it will have a garden space comprising a green patch. Perhaps for the first ever project in the Kingdom of Bahrain, this park will have rooms that families can hire for a day.
Besides being a garden, it will also feature an amusement park comprising a 78-seater Mad house, family coaster, a mine train, indoor coasters, a Waikik wave super slip, a cycle monorail, giant wheels, sky shuttle, a helicopter ride, a mini para tower, a flash dance, Evolution, Junior coaster, Sky flyer and indoor coasters.
“These are the facilities they have said now,” said Hamada. In addition to the rides, there is also a swimming pool at a corner of the park. “This will surely be a boost for Muharraq,” said a resident.
Earlier Jassim Hamada had said that he was looking at a completely changed Muharraq by 2010 – the vision is for a long term.
In addition to the park, a BD13 million shopping mall is expected to be built in Muharraq. Besides the shops, there is also expected to be a rendezvous for the elderly of Muharraq and a four-star hotel inside the complex. A fitness centre will be another addition to the mall. It is to be built by Al Farabi Real Estate group in Bahrain.
The third major project to be established in Muharraq will be a shopping mall on Avenue One. It is to be built by a private investor, and the Municipality has only to verify if the building plan and other documents for the mall are in place and give them the approval.
At Arad, the Muharraq Club is putting up a new Al Muharraq Mall, said Hamada.
 

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Plan for the future...



By SOMAN BABY

MANAMA

BAHRAIN has unveiled its master plan for the 21st century, designed to turn it into an "economic powerhouse", with massive infrastructure development and special zones for industrial, commercial, tourism and residential projects.

The newly-completed National Plan includes developing ultra-modern transport systems and highway networks, linking self-contained regions with their own health, education, commercial and leisure services.

It maps out nationwide development up to 2030 and beyond, under plans spearheaded by Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander and Economic Development Board chairman Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

Nationwide zoning will be completed within a month, Municipalities and Agriculture Ministry assistant under-secretary for urban planning Shaikh Hamed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa revealed yesterday.

The zoning will define reclamation lines and identify specific areas for commercial, residential, industrial and tourism development, he told the GDN.

"The National Plan is the most comprehensive study ever undertaken to assess the planning requirements of 21st century Bahrain," said Shaikh Hamed.

"It is a comprehensive national land use programme that will transform Bahrain into one of the world's most highly regarded island nations."

He said the plan would be reviewed every five years to meet social and economic changes.

"The National Plan will help Bahrain become an economic powerhouse, a nation where a top-rank business environment is enabled by an indigenous workforce with sophisticated business and technical skills," said Shaikh Hamed.

The plan responds to Bahrain's specific needs and special requirements, he said.

"It is designed as the practical lens through which planning over the next century can be viewed and more importantly, implemented," said Shaikh Hamed.

He said the plan reflected the Crown Prince's economic vision,with clear goals for the nation.

Under the plan, each region of Bahrain will be self-contained with its own shopping malls, education and health facilities, parks and a network of roads of world-class standard, said Shaikh Hamed.

"While maintaining and developing Manama as the key financial district of Bahrain, Isa Town will be developed as the education hub of the country," he revealed.

"Parking and other facilities will be developed in Adliya, where there is a high concentration of first class restaurants.

"The Sitra Industrial Area and surrounding places will be developed into a technology city."

Shaikh Hamed said a south-west tourism district would be developed near Al Jazair beach, to enhance the quality of family tourism.

"Major parks will be developed in Arad Bay and near the National Stadium," he added.

"Tourism areas will also be developed around the Bahrain Field (from Awali to Sakhir). A government committee has undertaken a study on developing the Hawar Tourism District. More public beaches will be developed around Bahrain.

"Busaiteen, in Muharraq, which houses the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) Medical University of Bahrain will be further developed as a centre for medical research facilities."

Special zones will be earmarked for labour camps.

Reclamation will be avoided in sensitive areas and all development projects will comply with international environmental standards, said Shaikh Hamed.

"The plan proposes an expanded network of roads that improves access to currently developing projects, and future north waterfront communities," he noted.

"Bahrain's national highway and public transport networks are critical to the mobility of the Kingdom, to the efficiency of commerce, and to the availability of goods and services.

"The plan will shape growth to prevent traffic congestion caused by increased traffic volumes and strengthen linkages throughout the Gulf region, incorporating causeway access from Saudi Arabia to Qatar."

High standard access to Bahrain International Airport and Khalifa bin Salman Port, whether through transit or roadway improvements, is critical for Bahrain to maintain its position as an economic hub in the region and to attract critical investment, said Shaikh Hamed.

Both the airport and the port will retain the ability for future expansion, he added.

The plan calls for the development of an integrated transport strategy, embracing a new role for public transport, including bus, rail, and water transport and minimising the impact of private automobiles, said Shaikh Hamed

"All developments will be undertaken in partnership with the private sector and the government will create an atmosphere whereby the private sector will be able to invest safely and comfortably," he noted.

The preliminary work on the National Plan was launched in early 2005 by a group of planners, engineers, architects, economists, preservationists and other experts, said Shaikh Hamed.

"The National Planning Development Team, together with a steering committee and many others, studied, interviewed, debated and ultimately concurred on 10 strategies that constitute The National Plan," he added.

"The message of the plan is simple: Bahrain has reached a critical juncture and co-ordinated national planning must guide the way to the prosperous, creative and sustainable future Bahrainis expect and deserve."

The plan calls for a series of land use recommendations, which are the tools that can prioritise restoration, reuse and new development at scales that range from city blocks and neighbourhoods to municipalities and the Kingdom as a whole, said Shaikh Hamed.

All plans will be implemented with the approval of the respective municipal councils, he added.

According to a decree issued by the Crown Prince last week, any change to the plan will be carried out with the full co-ordination of the EDB, the National Planning Committee and the municipal council.

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