Bahrain’s building sector booms as education projects get the go ahead
The Bahraini building sector continues to boom as two new projects are announced in the education sector.
The Bahraini building sector continues to boom as two new projects were announced in the education sector last week. The first will see Ahlia University invest over US $18 million in the development of a new complex, while the second covers the construction of a $2 million student facility at the Umm Al Darda Al Sughra Centre for Quranic Studies.
According to Professor Dr Abdulla Al Hawaj, the Ahlia University project should be completed by 2010. Although unwilling to go into details, he said that the educational institute hopes the government will allocate 80 000 m2 of land in Manama for the project, which will be implemented in four phases. When construction is complete the complex will play host to three colleges: the College of Mathematical Sciences & Information Technology, the College of Business Administration and the College of Bio-engineering and Health Technology.
“The government has been kind enough to study our request for a land to build the university complex,” said Professor Dr Al Hawaj, Ahlia University’s president. “The first phase of the project, which will be completed in 2006, can take up to 500 students, who will be moved from the current university premises at the Gosi complex in Hoora,” he added.
The facility will include 22 classrooms, a multi-purpose hall, gymnasium, library, cafeteria, several laboratories as well as a swimming pool. According to the centre’s director, Sawsan Al Thawadi, an area of 8839 m2 has been set aside for the project by the Sunni Awqaf Directorate at the Ministry of Islamic Affairs.