Luxury resort planned off Manama coastline

20 October 2003
Reclamation is scheduled to begin in December on a luxury resort project off the north coast of Manama. The BD 200 million ($526.3 million), 740,000-square-metre development will comprise a five-star, 500-room hotel with associated corporate facilities, a spa, gymnasium and retail facilities. The artificial island will also have a private beach and marina, residential villas and apartments and a 1,000-capacity theatre and exhibition hall.

A number of international companies have been involved in the planning and design process. They are:

Australia's Spowersand Malaysia's Pentagocarried out the masterplan and architectural and landscape designs

Jacobs Gibb, the UK arm of US consultant Jacobs Engineering Group, carried out engineering, maritime and electrical and mechanical studies

the UK/Dutch Posford Haskoningcarried out an environmental study

the UK's Hyder Consultingcarried out a traffic study

UK's HR Wallingfordcarried out hydrology work.

The development will be 50 per cent owned by the Ministry of Finance & National Economy and 50 per cent by local businessman Robert Mouawad under the umbrella of the Lulu Tourism Company, created in March 2002. The board met in late September to discuss outsourcing promotion of the resort.

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