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City Gardens in spotlight

An exciting new promotion is being been planned for the Manama's City Gardens shopping centre, a meeting was told.

Te complex is currently under development and work has already started to create two new 42-storey office blocks at the site as well as over 100 new shops.

The inaugural meeting of a Retail Tenants Forum (RTF) of City Gardens took place at the Sheraton Hotel.

The RTF has been implemented by DTZ Bahrain, the centre's new property management company.

The owners have appointed DTZ to help positive interaction between the tenants and the owners of the centre.

Cliff Langford, head of property management at DTZ, said: "DTZ manages very many properties world wide and puts great importance on communicating professionally with its tenants.

"By creating this RTF we are giving the tenants the opportunity to be interactive and helping them work together to create strategies for promoting the centre both locally and regionally and to ensure that they take full advantage of the future developments currently under progress at the site."

Construction has already started on the twin tower development, which is due to be completed in the summer of 2006.

Twelve tenants formed the main structure of the committee.

Langford and Carol Melrose, managing director of Contact Communications, the appointed marketing consultants for the complex, attended in an advisory role.

Langford explained briefly the objective of forming such an association.

He said: "It is important that all tenants use this meeting as platform to air their views about the running of the centre and to provide new ideas for its development.

"At the same time, the centre is under development and the facilities being added will ensure that it will maintain its position of being the most exclusive mall in Bahrain."

The committee also discussed plans for opening and entertaining during Ramadan as well as an exciting new promotion, which has been planned for the mall.

The association will encourage all tenants to become members and work towards mutually agreed strategic objectives with the aim of promoting unity and building networks to enhance the business prospects for the complex.

The RTF will be working closely with Contact Communications to implement a unified owner and tenant marketing and promotion strategy for the shopping centre during the development process to maximise awareness and footfall.
 

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Bahraini Spirit said:
you mean the harbour towers dubai-lover? I'm happy that the sheraton finally decided to expand cause i always thought that having towers will be a really good idea and now they are building stunning towers, so its all sweet:)
yes i do
wish you a nice weekend then :)
i'm happy too, but it's strange that an office tower is being built under the name of a hotel chain
 

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name has officially been changed today and no turbines in the model

New twin towers to house Bahrain World Trade Centre


Robin Williamson (left) unveils the BWTC model


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A new twin-tower complex coming up in Bahrain's capital Manama has been named Bahrain World Trade Centre following an agreement with the World Trade Centre Association.

Construction is now under way on the new $150 million landmark office and retail development located on the Bahrain Commercial Complex (BCC) site and adjacent to the Sheraton Hotel in the heart of Manama.

unveiling a model of the development, Robin Williamson, general manager of DTZ, the marketing and leasing agent for the development property, said the twin 50-storey towers will become the tallest buildings in central Manama.

The 240-metre high commercial office buildings will provide 43 storeys of leaseable space. It also houses an extended retail centre which adds 148 more units to the existing City Gardens Mall as well as the opportunity to include top quality restaurants.

The complex will provide a total of approximately 120,961 sq m of space. The towers will rise above a podium which will have a retail area.

The Sheraton Hotel, which will form a component of the BWTC, will undergo an extensive facelift, to provide catering and conference facilities along with leisure and fine dining amenities.

There will be 1,700 parking lots in the complex, he said.

Already two clients have committed to sign up as tenants at the complex and more are showing interest, said Williamson.

A worldwide marketing campaign to attract high quality tenants will be launched soon, he said.

He said a representative of the World Trade Centre management will visit Bahrain later this month to meet with the owners and discuss details of the operation and the extensive services offered by the organisation. In addition plans will be implemented for managing the centre.

Nass-Murray & Roberts joint venture is the main contractor on the project.

Piling work is currently ongoing and work on the superstructure will start by the end of this month. The project will be completed in June 2006, said David Evans, project director of Nass-Murray & Roberts.-TradeArabia News Service
 

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Rumaihi to develop World Trade Centre Mall
DTZ Bahrain, the firm of international property advisers who have been appointed to let and manage the Bahrain World Trade Centre (BWTC), has appointed Duaij Al Rumaihi as an Associate Director with effect from 2nd January 2005.


In his new position, he will have responsibility for developing the retail aspects of the Bahrain World Trade Centre to offer the excellence required of a World Trade Centre Association.

Making the announcement, Robin Williamson, General Manager of DTZ, said: 'DTZ is thrilled to add such an experienced retail manager to its team. I feel sure that his expertise will be very valuable as we build and develop the retail outlet housed within the BWTC to become the Gulf's leading retail centre.'

Mr Rumaihi brings to the position 6 years of experience in the retail industry, having been a member of the founding management team for Seef Mall in 1999. He is also a member of the International Council of Shopping Centres, a Director on the Board of the Middle East Council of Shopping Centres, member in the Chartered Institute of Marketing and founder of the Bahrain Shopping Centres Sub-Committee of the Tourism Committee in the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce.

DTZ real estates services company was the first international property advisor to be established in the Gulf with an office in Bahrain in 1975, and has recently re-established its offices in Manama following its appointment to manage the Bahrain World Trade Centre (BWTC). The appointment was made due to DTZ's proven highly sophisticated and successful strategies, utilised world wide, in serving investors, occupiers and developers across all sectors of the real estate market as well as its proven experience across a highly sophisticated global client base.

The BWTC, which was announced on the 1st of November 2004, is set to be one of Bahrain's most spectacular landmarks housing an extended retail centre which will double the size of the existing Bahrain Commercial Complex mall, as well as and offer 51,000 sq. mtrs. of prime office space in the towers which will each be 50 storeys high.

DTZ is tasked with the promotion and marketing of the BWTC and managing its development as the leading trade and retail centre in Bahrain after its construction, which is due to be completed in the summer of 2006.
 

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Solid start for Bahrain World Trade Centre
DTZ Bahrain, international property advisors commissioned by the owning company to head the letting and management of the Bahrain World Trade Centre (BWTC) gave details yesterday of the largest concrete pour ever to take place in Bahrain, with USD 1million dollars worth of concrete pouring into the East tower foundations of the BWTC in a record time of 20 hours.


The construction site of the BWTC.

Joint venture firm Nass-Murray & Roberts who have been appointed as the contractors for the BWTC undertook the Kingdom's construction milestone.

The BWTC, a 50-storey, twin tower commercial office development is currently under construction adjacent to the Sheraton Hotel in Manama and is due for completion in the summer of 2006.

The record, which was set in conjunction with Delmon Readymix Concrete, saw 4,000 m3 of concrete poured in one single operation within 20 hours, a record event for construction in Bahrain. This improved on a similar pour which was made into the West Tower 12 days prior which took 24 hours.

To complete the record pour Delmon Readymix had to handle 1,600 tons of cement, 7,400 tons of stone/sand and 16,000 litres of admixture. The volume of water required for mixing the concrete was equal to two years consumption for a large private villa. Prior to the concreting Nass-Murray & Roberts had to place 730 tons of steel reinforcement to this foundation.

Mr Samir A Nass, Managing Director of Nass Group on achieving this amazing record said: 'Nass- Murray & Roberts is a top construction team which is currently handling some of the most ambitious construction projects in Bahrain. The team worked really hard to undertake create this record setting a difficult standard to improve on for our company. However, we will, of course, endeavour to better that time at the next opportunity.'

Work is progressing on schedule for the BWTC to be completed by the deadlines set and over the next two weeks the two climbing tower cranes will be erected, followed by the main tower crane which will be erected 80 meters high on the first lift. The control cabin of this crane will be higher than the current office tower – the Bahrain Commercial Complex.

The vertical formwork for the West Tower is already assembled and anyone driving past the site on King Faisal Highway will soon notice the structure rising from behind the advertisement boards.

In Bahrain the World Trade Centre will dominate the Manama skyline and is a much-anticipated, prestigious business address. As well as the new twin tower commercial office building of over 50 storeys, the development will house an extended retail centre doubling the amount of stores in the existing Bahrain Commercial Complex mall as well as adding some top quality restaurants. The adjacent Sheraton Hotel will also undergo major renovations and will become an integral part of the new complex.

The BWTC will be part of the Word Trade Centre Association established in 1970, which boasts 284 members associations in 77 countries, all involved in the development or operation of World Trade Centres servicing more than 750,000 international trading corporations.
 
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