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BD70m resort in Budaiya
Posted on » Monday, June 29, 2009

A BD70 MILLION resort is expected to get the final go-ahead from councillors today. The Arabian Market Resort is planned for Bahrain's northeast coast near Budaiya, Northern Municipal Councillor Mubarak Al Dossari told the GDN yesterday.

If approved it would cover 22,400 square metres and be run according to Islamic values, meaning there would be no outlets selling alcohol.

However, it does include plans for a public beach that would be open to everyone.

"The project will constitute five 'step-shaped' buildings and four of them will be eight to nine storeys high," said Mr Al Dossari, whose constituency includes Budaiya and Jasra.

"The main building will include a commercial area on the ground floor, a health club on the first floor, services on the second floor and nine residential floors above them."

The project is being spearheaded by an unnamed Pakistani investor, who has reportedly agreed to a number of clauses that benefit the local community.

"This is a good achievement for the area and the investor because he has also planned to build a community hall at the development, which will be beneficial to the residents," said Mr Al Dossari.

The developer would be unable to sell off the 870sqm community hall, which people from the area could hire for big occasions.

It would also feature six shops, with proceeds going towards the maintenance and running of the hall.

"In addition to the hall, the investor will give BD15,000 every year to the Budaiya Charity Fund to be distributed among the needy," said Mr Al Dossari.

"The investor has agreed to provide this money to 15 university students and sponsoring 15 orphans."

Meanwhile, the investor has been told the project should include its own sewage system and power supply.

"The average height of the buildings will be around 50 metres and the resort will have a specialised entrance," added Mr Al Dossari.

"The entrance will be situated in a manner that will not cause any traffic problems for residents or traffic police."

He added that facilities in the resort would be available for everyone.

"Citizens will be equal to any guest at the resort and the project will not include any alcohol, bars or night clubs, and will be Sharia-compliant," he said.

A final vote on whether or not to approve the project will be taken by the Northern Municipal Council today. "Everything has been settled for the project and the last thing which remains is the green light for the project to begin," added Mr Al Dossari. [email protected]
 

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However, it does include plans for a public beach that would be open to everyone.



"Citizens will be equal to any guest at the resort and the project will not include any alcohol, bars or night clubs, and will be Sharia-compliant," he said.
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Sharia complaint? Will people be able to wear bikinis or swimshorts??
 

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BD70m beach resort backed
By RASHA AL QAHTANI, Posted on » Tuesday, June 30, 2009

COUNCILLORS yesterday approved a major BD70 million project near Budaiya that will feature a public beach, health club, shops and residential property.

The Souk Al Arabia Resort will begin work as soon as the contractors are ready and will take around two years to complete, said Northern municipal Council chairman Yousif Al Boori.

It will cover 22,400sqm, opposite the Northern Town, and will be run according to Islamic values, meaning there would be no outlets selling alcohol.

"After over 20 meetings with area councillor Mubarak Al Dossari, the investor and other related parties we have managed in over a year to make this project a reality," he said.

"We have also managed to reach a mutual agreement that will benefit the investor and the residents of the area."

The project will consist of five "step-shaped" buildings themed in traditional Bahraini architecture, four of which will be eight to nine storeys high.

The main one will include a commercial area on the ground floor, a health club on the first floor, offices on the second floor and nine residential floors above them.

The project is being spearheaded by an unnamed Pakistani investor, who has reportedly agreed to a number of clauses that benefit the local community.

Mr Al Dossari earlier said the project was positive for the area because the investor planned to build a community hall within the development to benefit residents.

The permanent 870sqm facility would be available for residents from the area to hire for big occasions.

It would also feature six shops, with proceeds going towards the maintenance and running of the hall.

In addition, the investor has pledged to give BD15,000 every year to the Budaiya Charity Fund to be distributed among the needy.

He has agreed to provide this money to help 15 university students and 15 orphans.

The investor has been told the project should include its own sewage system and power supply.

The average height of the buildings will be around 50 metres and the resort will have a specialised entrance constructed in a manner to avoid creating traffic problems. The facilities in the resort will be available for everyone. [email protected]
 
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