It’s official – the second phase of the impressive 150,000 square-metre Bahrain Marina project has begun. This will see the current, humble and much-loved Marina Club turned into a state-of-the-art residential, entertainment, leisure and marina facility.
Think: landscaped gardens, pristine coastline and waterfront villas interspersed with family entertainment, an educational centre and plenty of shopping opportunities, as well as a five-star lifestyle hotel. And let’s not forget what inspired the whole development in the first place – a marina and yacht club that’s big enough to dock 300 boats.
Amlak, the real estate investment arm and wholly-owned subsidiary of the Social Insurance Organisation (SIO), is in charge and it’s the Bahraini company’s first-ever project of this size. A dedicated chief executive officer – Mr Yazan Haddad – was appointed to the Bahrain
Marina Development Company at the end of 2015, while internationally renowned architect Benoy has been confirmed as the lead designer. Meanwhile, Irish project management firm Bruce Shaw also joins the team, alongside a whole host of other prominent and award-winning names ready to take the idea from the drawing board and into reality.
“It’s a great time to join Bahrain Marina as the project enters its second phase of development,” Haddad says. “[It] is clearly moving towards becoming one of the leading projects in the Kingdom.”
Paul Priest, Benoy director and head of MENA Studios, says their design masterplan “has been inspired by the beautiful natural environment blended with the energy of the capital.”
While this is exciting news for Bahrain’s residents and visitors, we still have to wait until 2020 before the iconic development is likely to be completed.
In the meantime, we’ll be saving up for that top-of-the-range catamaran.