Reclamation contract for Durrat Al Bahrain to be awarded this month

A reclamation contract for the first phase of the Durrat Al Bahrain resort is to be awarded this month

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By  Rhys Jones Published  September 18, 2004

A reclamation contract for the first phase of the $1 billion Durrat Al Bahrain resort is to be awarded later this month, it was revealed. The first phase of the project is expected to be complete in three years. The 20 km2 township in the southeast corner of Bahrain has been redesigned by management and project design specialist W S Atkins. A presentation on the project was given to the Bahrain Society of Engineers’ Forum last week, at the society premises in Juffair. The highlight of the design is an arc of six atolls - ring-shaped coral reefs enclosing lagoons with 1.5 km of beach per atoll. Each atoll is a community within itself, with 172 villas, with each villa boasting either a beach or a mooring. The atolls offer beach club facilities and a private ladies only beach. “There will be a total of 2000 plus villas and around 3000 residential apartments, with each villa having a sea view,” said Simon Crispe, commercial director, Middle East region, WS Atkins. The atolls will be linked to the mainland via a bridge through the Pearl Islands, which feature an arc of five petals, joined by a circular bridge. The design of the islands ensures privacy from one villa to the next, with each villa having long water frontages and a mooring. Among other attractions of Durrat Al Bahrain are an 18-hole golf course, a 600-room five-star leisure resort hotel, a water park, a 400-boat deep water marina set in a lagoon, a suq and a ferry terminal, which will receive sight-seeing boats carrying tourists from Manama. The project had gone back to the drawing board, after Kuwait Finance House bought out a 50% stake in Durrat Al Bahrain, previously held by Saudi-based Dallah Al Baraka. Preliminary work on infrastructure facilities and residential units will start simultaneously with the reclamation work, said Jassim Al Jowder, deputy general manager and chief operating officer, Durrat Al Bahrain. The reclamation contract will be awarded within two weeks. The first phase of the project is expected to be completed in three years.

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