The local Al-Sahel Resort plans to complete the first phase of the Al-Sahel hotel development on the southwest coast of Bahrain within two years.
The five-star resort will be built on 1.25 kilometres of beach and have both room and villa-based accommodation. It will also feature entertainment and leisure components including restaurants, water features and sports, a cinema, meeting and conference services, and sports and spa facilities.
Dubai-based Jumeirah Group has already signed a hotel management agreement to operate a hotel and spa as part of the first phase of the development.
The development has been planned for more than a decade. It was formerly known as the Salam Beach Resort & Spa development and was being built by Dubai investors before the 2008 global financial crisis.
The scheme is now being developed by the Al-Sahel project company in which Bahrain’s sovereign wealth fund Mumtalakat Holding Company is understood to hold about a two-thirds stake and the UAE’s Dubai Properties Group a one-third stake.
Bahrain also plans to develop a new strip of resorts and residential properties on the southwest coast of the island as part of a new development masterplan that is expected to cost billions of dollars to deliver.
The strip in the Bilaj al-Jazayer area will be anchored by two government-backed resort projects. The rest of the land will be developed by private sector investors.
The two government-backed resorts are a Fairmont operated property at the northern end of the strip and the Al-Sahel Resort at the southern end.
Bahrain’s tourism sector witnessed rapid growth in 2017, with the total number of tourists visiting the kingdom increasing by 11.9 per cent.
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