20 March, 2023

New $46mln projects awarded in Bahrain

Eleven projects worth more than BD17 million have been awarded in February, 2023 in Bahrain. The projects are part of the ministry's efforts to develop infrastructure and public services in order to meet the needs of Bahraini citizens, support the national economy and enhance the quality of life for people in the country. Six of the projects relate to road works, the most notable being the Jasra Intersection Development Project, the Mahzoora Avenue Development Project in Sanad and Nuwaidrat, and the road development projects in Block 905 in Riffa – all meant to facilitate and enhance the flow of traffic. Two projects for bicycle paths in Bahrain Bay and along Al Jazayer Beach have also been awarded. Three sanitation-related projects include the expansion of the rainwater drainage network in Block 933 in Buhair and the construction of a rainwater drainage network in Block 288 in Busaiteen. Two projects were also awarded in construction and maintenance works, which includes comprehensive maintenance at the Public Prosecution building in the Diplomatic Area as part of the ministry's efforts to preserve government buildings.

10 March, 2023

Plans underway to build solar farms in Bahrain

Bahrain aims to slash domestic natural gas consumption under a plan to decarbonize its economy and is exploring ways to export the fuel to international markets. The Gulf Arab state plans to build solar farms to power its homes and industries, replacing the gas now used. It has plans to add solar as a source of energy into the grid instead of just wasting its gas. Some of the solar farms will reside in neighbouring Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The plan comes as Europe is hunting for new fuel supplies and major gas discoveries in the Mediterranean have led to proposals for new offshore LNG and gas pipelines to Europe.

9 March, 2023

Construction underway for causeway expansion in Bahrain

Expansion and maintenance work has begun at the King Fahad Causeway to increase the border’s capacity to accommodate more travellers. The first phase of the project will be completed in three months with two more phases planned. Aimed at improving the transit experience of people travelling between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, the expansion project will be completed within the year 2023.

23 February, 2023

Deal signed to produce electric cars in Bahrain

Marson Group, a Bahraini business and project development company, has announced plans to launch Bahrain's first electric car factory. A partnership has been formed between the group and a major American manufacturing corporation, 'Gauss Auto', to implement this project. With a timeline of 10 months for construction and operation, the new plant will be located in Salman Industrial City in the American Trade Zone, under the name “Gauss Auto Bahrain”.
The factory will produce a range of electric vehicles, including two-wheelers, three-wheel electric tricycles, and passenger vehicles. The products will be marketed primarily in Bahrain, the US and other countries. Construction and management will be handled by Marson Group, and Gauss Auto will provide technical know-how and practical knowledge based on its extensive experience in the worldwide electric vehicle sector. The establishment of a factory for electric vehicles of the highest calibre will boost Bahrain's competitiveness as a leading destination for investments and innovation.

23 February, 2023

Power & water station site to be auctioned in Bahrain

Bahrain's Electricity and Water Authority (EWA) will host the auction of Sitra Power and Water Station site in collaboration with Mazad, an auction supervisory company specialising in the sale of corporate assets and also a unit of the kingdom's sovereign wealth fund - Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company. The site is a large facility and includes a number of structures and specialised equipment, including; six desalination distillers (with a 25 million gallons per day processing capacity), six steam boilers, four 25 MW capacity steam turbines with generators, a 25 MW gas reductions and pumps of various sizes as well as a number of transformers, switches and electrical cables. The services of the Sitra plant had been suspended in February 2021 on completion of 40 years of production and remained unutilized. Over the last four decades, when it was in operation, a number of stations with increased capacity were founded. The bidding will begin with a starting price of BD10.2 million ($26.8 million) and during the process the utility developer will ably assisted by Arabian Auctions, the Bahrain subsidiary of Emirates Auctions. The sale process will run for the next three months until May 23, 2023.

22 February, 2023

Bids received for a sewage treatment plant in Bahrain

Ministry of Works, Bahrain received Bidders Proposals for the Khalifa City Sewage Treatment Plant (STP). Three bidders has submitted the proposals:
Zohal Construction Co. WLL (BHD 46,352,882.287)
Mohammed Abdulmohsin Al-Kharafi Sons Co. (BHD 43,861,000.000)
Al Hafeera Contracting Company (BHD 84,935,568.483)
As per the tender notification, the project comprises of design construction operation and maintenance of the project components for the Phase 1 of the Khalifa City STP with a daily average capacity of 20,000 m3 day the emergency sea outfall with a daily average flow of 40,000 m3 day covering Phase 1 and Phase 2 design capacity and Hiwar Trunk Sewer. The Scope of Work also includes the operation and maintenance of the treatment plant for 4 years Also design and construction Hiwar Highway Trunk Sewer and removal of 5 No existing sewage treatment plants Jaw STP Asker STP old Al Door STP and the 2 STPs built by ministry of Housing and operation of the plant and decommissioning of existing three minor Sewage treatment plants in Asker Jaw and Al Dur.

7 February, 2023

Bids received for grid substation project in Bahrain

Electricity and Water Authority (EWA), Bahrain received Bidders Proposals for the Substation Switchgear, Systems & Civil Works of new 400kV Jasra Grid Substation. Following Bidders has submitted the proposals:
Grid Solutions
Option 1: BHD 54,546,371.219;
Option 2: 64,783,282.519
Linxon – BHD 71,304,100.736
Siemens
Option 1: BHD 64,664,884.514;
Option 2: 49,636,505.389
As per the tender notification, EWA proposes to launch a project for establishment of a new 400kV Jasra Grid Substation. The Substation Switchgear & Civil Works is one of the Project work packages intended to be executed through international limited tender. The scope of this tender includes Design, manufacturing, supply, transportation, erection, testing and commissioning of 400kV Grid substation at Jasra includes 400kV GIS, 220kV GIS, 21kV switchgear, Control, Protection and ICS, Telecom systems and associated substation cabling etc. also includes Civil works of the substation and associated building services including CCTV and Electronic Access Control systems. The tender excludes the 400kV Power Transformer and Reactor Works as well as 400kV and 220kV feeder Cable works, which are under other work packages.

2 February, 2023

Agreement signed to build state-of-the-art aquatics sports complex in Bahrain

World Aquatics and the Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) have announced plans to build a state-of-the-art aquatics sports centre in the Kingdom of Bahrain, in partnership with GFH Financial Group and the Bahrain Swimming Federation. The partnership will see World Aquatics (previously FINA - The International Swimming and Aquatics Federation) establish the Centre of Excellence and regional office for Aquatic Sports Centre at The University of Technology Bahrain (UTB). The plan, which is set to give boost to the kingdom's PPP strategy, also includes new pools capable of hosting events in five of the six World Aquatics sports: swimming, water polo, artistic swimming, diving, and high diving. The sixth sport, open water swimming, is already a popular one with several event held at Bahrain’s beaches. With this new Bahrain centre, World Aquatics’ elite athletes will have access to the best of the training capabilities. These athletes will also receive on-site coaching and educational support through World Aquatics’ Development programmes. Aquatic sports are universally important. Both the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and the World Aquatics Championships Budapest 2022 saw over 180 nations represented. The agreement was signed by World Aquatics and GFH Financial Group at the Bahrain Financial Harbour in the presence of Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Supreme Council for Youth and Sports (SCYS) First Deputy Chairman, General Sports Authority (GSA) Chairman and BOC President.

30 January, 2023

Consultancy contract to be awarded soon for a mall project in Bahrain

Eskan Bank is expected to award the detailed design and supervision consultancy services contract for its Maydan Mall Project, located in Hamad Town by the second quarter of 2023. The tender for the detailed design and supervision consultancy service has been issued and the bid submission is scheduled on February 5, 2023.
The proposed 2-storey Maydan Mall will be built on a land area of 68,698 square metres and will have total approximate built-up area of 36,270 sqm. The project, with an estimated value of $80 million, is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2025.

25 January, 2023

Bids received for 400kv jasra grid substation in Bahrain

Electricity and Water Authority (EWA), Bahrain received Bidders Proposals for the Transformer and Reactor Works of new 400kV Jasra Grid Substation. Following Bidders has submitted the proposals:
Fuji Electric Co.(BHD 21,882,037.665)
Hitachi Energy (BHD 18,741,067.373)
Hyundai Electric & Energy Systems Co. Ltd. (BHD
20,580,056.840)
Siemens Energy (Option 1: BHD 64,830,264.493, Option 2: BHD 19,663,367.702)
As per the tender notification, EWA proposes to launch a project for establishment of a new 400kV Jasra Grid Substation. The Transformer and Reactor Works is one of the Project work packages intended to be executed through international limited tender. The scope of this tender includes the Design, manufacturing, supply, transportation, erection, testing and commissioning of 4 nos. 400/220/21kV, 500MVA Autotransformer, 3 nos. 400kV, 100MVAr feeder reactors, and 4 nos. 21kV, 25MVAr transformer tertiary reactors. It includes also Design, manufacturing, supply, transportation, erection, testing and commissioning of Water Deluge System for fire protection of transformers, reactors, DG and Fuel Tank.

25 January, 2023

Medical Complex expansion project completed in Bahrain

Under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, the Supreme Council for Health (SCH) President, Lieutenant-General Dr. Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, has opened the Accident and Emergency Department at the Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC) following the completion of the expansion project. The project represents a quantum leap in the service provided for the citizens and residents in the Kingdom, noting that the expansion includes raising the capacity of beds from 80 beds to 120 beds, the addition of 7 Consultation rooms, 15 recovery rooms, 5 classification rooms and 3 treatment rooms, in addition to a separate unit for children and a waiting area for up to 120 people. SMC’s Department of Accidents and Emergency is one of the centres of excellence at government hospitals, as it receives great attention and top priority within the strategic plans, due to its pivotal role in meeting the medical needs of patients, whose number reaches 1,300 patients per day.

24 January, 2023

New model public park proposed in Bahrain

A butterfly garden, large marine fish tanks and various flowers are all part of a new model public park that could be constructed in Salman Town. The proposal, which was unanimously approved by all 12 members of the Northern Municipal Council, could be developed on 114,344sqm plot of land in Salman Town Block 583.

17 January, 2023

Commissioning started on FCN project at potlines 4 & 5 in Bahrain

Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), one of the world's largest aluminium smelters, has begun commissioning of the Forced Cooling Network (FCN) Project at Potlines 4 and 5. Managed in-house by the Operations and Engineering teams, the FCN Project has enabled Alba to creep-up the amperage to 410 kA in Potlines 4 and 5 which would ultimately lead to increasing Alba’s production capacity by approximately 17,000 metric tonnes per annum. The FCN Project commenced the detail engineering in August 2021 while the manufacture and installation began in March last year. Alba then successfully executed the project clocking an impressive 478,000 manhours worked on site without a Single Lost Time Injury.

16 January, 2023

Infrastructure work starts on B3 residential building plots in Bahrain

Bahraini developer Diyar Al Muharraq announced it has begun secondary infrastructure works at the key B3 residential building plots within its integrated city project in the kingdom. The B3 project comprises 38 housing plots with sizes ranging between 454 sq m and 979 sq m, thus offering the ideal investment opportunity with an array of benefits and features in line with its strategic location in proximity to Diyar Al Muharraq’s main entrance, Marassi Al Bahrain, and Al Naseem. Moreover, the project offers close access to hotels, mosques, community centres, stores and malls. The scope of work includes construction of the inner road as well as key services such as road lighting, sewage and rainwater networks, electricity and water networks, as well as setting up of telecommunications networks in partnership with BNET. It is a modern-day urban city in Bahrain, which is characterized by a luxurious lifestyle and preservation of the traditional family values of the local community, in addition to a balanced mix of residential and commercial facilities, thus making it the ultimate investment opportunity.

12 January, 2023

Alba awards over 6MW solar farm project in Bahrain

Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), one of the world’s largest aluminium smelters, has awarded its solar farm project to Advanced United Systems (AUS), to install solar photovoltaic (PV) panels over 37,000 sq m with a capacity of more than 6 Megawatts (MW). The solar farm project will consist of around 11,300 solar panels to be fixed on the rooftop of Alba car parks and some of its buildings to include its Spent Pot Lining Treatment (SPL) Plant. The project will generate in the range of 10,539 MWHr per year and approximately 7,591,760 kilograms of carbon emissions would be reduced per year - corresponding to a total reduction of 189,794,000 kilograms of carbon emissions over 25-year span. Advanced United Systems is a Saudi company and part of the Taj Holding Group that specialises in smart grid solutions, energy, and renewable energy services. The solar farm project is one of the many initiatives under Alba’s ESG Roadmap as the company journeys to further sustainable value for its people and society.

10 January, 2023

Bids received for 400kV cable works in Bahrain

Electricity and Water Authority (EWA), Bahrain received the Bidders proposals for the 400kV Feeder Cable Works for new 400kV Jasra Grid Substation. Following five Bidders has submitted the proposals:
Iljin Electric (BHD 73,175,788.782)
LS Cables and System (BHD 87,646,463.587)
FURUKAWA ELECTRIC (BHD 110,161,810.639)
Taihan Electric (BHD 80,147,170.861)
Brugg Kable (Option 1 : BHD 27,224,219.057; Option 2 : BHD
25,963,917.665)
As per the tender notification, EWA proposes to launch a project for establishment of a new 400kV Jasra Grid Substation. The 400kV Feeder Cable Works is one of the Project work packages intended to be executed through international limited tender. The scope of the tender is for EPC and includes the Design, manufacturing, supply, transportation, civil works, installation, jointing and testing of 3 nos. 400kV Feeder Cable circuits each having length of 14km. Total circuit length of 42km. The 400kV cable circuit shall have minimum design rating of 1000MVA each and cable size shall be 2500 mm2 Cu. XLPE per phase. The scope also includes Design, manufacturing, supply, transportation, civil works, installation, jointing and testing of Fibre Optic Cable, PDMS and DTS system. The scope may be divided into lots and the tender works may accordingly awarded to more than one contractor.

10 January, 2023

Work completed on landscaping project in Bahrain

Diyar Al Muharraq, a leading real estate development company in Bahrain, has announced the completion of the landscaping project at the entrance to the integrated residential city. The project, which runs over 1.15 km long, comes as part of a series of initiatives under Diyar Al Muharraq’s afforestation project, with the aim of increasing the green spaces and key facilities, including Hadiqat Al Diyar. The Bahraini developer had signed up Daira Contracting to implement the project, for which it had used a variety of evergreen trees, shrubs, and a range of flowers and roses. It is in line with Diyar Al Muharraq’s initiatives to contribute to the society and its vision of developing a modern, smart, and environmentally friendly city, with a minimized carbon footprint. The afforestation project, launched last August under the patronage of Engineer Wael bin Nasser Al Mubarak, Minister of Municipalities Affairs and Agriculture, also aligns with the national strategy to increase the number of trees by 2035 and the kingdom’s commitment to carbon neutrality by 2060. The spaces and infrastructure across Diyar’s master plan have been designed with the intention of measurably improving the health and well-being of its residents and visitors by fostering a close-knit community and encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle. Stemming from its commitment to corporate social responsibility, Diyar strives to embed sustainability pillars in all its business operations and is dedicated to fulfilling national aspirations regarding the preservation and sustainability of the environment and increasing the kingdom’s green space. Large evergreen trees were selected due to their suitability to the Kingdom’s climate conditions and their low water consumption.

9 January, 2023

Ground broken on 435-unit luxury project at Bahrain

Bahrain-based Kooheji Development announced it has joined hands with its construction unit Kooheji Contractors, to break ground on the group's new mixed-use project, Onyx skyview, coming up on a 108,000 sq m area at Bahrain Bay. Designed with high architectural standards, including a landscape feature with the direction of an uninterrupted Manama skyline and full sea views, the key development comprises luxury residences, offices as well as an attractive retail unit along the two sides of the project. Onyx skyview will be nestled in spacious grounds complete with architectural terraces of green outdoor spaces and features dedicated residents-only amenities in a double-height indoor floor as well as outdoors over a 3,800-sq-m area. Featuring a grand main entrance facing the Four Seasons hotel, the 53-level skyscraper boasts 435 ultra-luxury residences, 40 offices, and seven retail units. The offices are accommodated over 10 floors with four offices per floor. The groundreaking ceremony marks a significant milestone for Kooheji Development as it kickstarts a new chapter along with the Onyx skyview's main contractor Kooheji Contractors. The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by many of the company's board of directors, stakeholders, and members of the local community. With the start of the construction activities, Kooheji Development is now one step closer to making this unique and exciting development a reality in Bahrain. Onyx skyview will bring a new paradigm for elegant high-rise luxury development in Bahrain and the region of creating a modern and sustainable living experience. Additionally, the project focuses on creating an inviting and comfortable atmosphere for its residents, with ample green spaces, comfortable living spaces, and modern amenities. With these elements, Onyx skyview will create a luxurious living experience that is both modern and elegant.
The spacious and ultra-luxury residences at Onyx skyview are a carefully curated collection of studios, one-, two- and 3.5-bedroom apartments combining distinctive design, and inspired lifestyle inclusions in the best layouts and space planning within the Kooheji Development residential towers portfolio. The floor-to-ceiling windows of the residences offer panoramic views of Bahrain's skyline from the bedrooms and living spaces. New classic wooden flooring designs, cool stone finishes and panelled walls bring a natural touch to balance the impact of the expansive glazing. The spacious floor plans can meet various customers' preferences and can be easily configured into a range of different requirements. In addition, optional and extra interior design packages will also be available to buyers. Once fully operational, the project will provide a luxurious and resort-like community with unique amenities close to some of Bahrain's most renowned attractions. These attractions include the Bahrain Bay promenade, five-star hotels, the Gardens, and the seafronts. This project will provide an opportunity to experience the best that Bahrain offers in one convenient location. According to Kooheji Development, the building will be served by eight elevators and feature four car-parking levels and two basement floors offering a total 700 car parking slots. Some of the resort-style indoor and outdoor amenities include active and passive entertainment activities zones, such as an indoor multipurpose hall, VIP lounge, café, cinema theatre, ladies' and men’s gymnasiums, play areas as well as outdoor water features including levelled decks with iconic waterfall cascades between pools. It will also boast fitness areas with lap infinity pool, dynamic splash pads, and a lazy river surrounded by fire pits spots for the cozy family barbecue gathering, stated the Bahraini developer. The mixed-use development also benefits from close proximity to major shopping malls and is within walking distance of the buzzing life of Bahrain Bay.

2 January, 2023

Bids invited for 771 housing unit project in Bahrain

Ministry of Housing, Bahrain invites three Seprate tenders to construct and Develop a total Housing units of 771 under Government Land Development Program (GLDP).
Madinat Salman Project:
The 131 Housing Units at Madinat Salman Housing Project, a Government Land Development Programme, will be developed by the private sector on Government land. The successful bidder will design, construct, and finance 131 Housing Units and associated secondary infrastructure. The Project Company will sell these units commercially to Mazaya and social housing loan-eligible beneficiaries. Upon completion of the project, the developer will pay MoHUP an agreed Land Value. MoHUP will provide a buy-back arrangement for units unsold after a 24 months Sale Period.
Madinat Khalifa Project:
The 280 Housing Units at Madinat Khalifa Housing Project, a Government Land Development Programme, will be developed by the private sector on Government land. The successful bidder will design, construct, and finance 280 Housing Units and associated secondary infrastructure. The Project Company will sell these units commercially to Mazaya and social housing loan-eligible beneficiaries. Upon completion of the project, the developer will pay MoHUP an agreed Land Value. MoHUP will provide a buy-back arrangement for units unsold after a 24 months Sale Period.
Madinat Salman Project:
The Madinat Salman Housing Project, a Government Land Development Programme, will be developed by the private sector on Government land. The Project will provide 360 Housing Units with associated secondary infrastructure. The Developer will sell these units commercially to Mazaya and social housing loan eligible beneficiaries. Upon completion of the project the developer will pay MoHUP an agreed Land Value. MoHUP will provide a buy-back arrangement for units unsold after a 24 months Sale Period.

26 December, 2022

Bahrain lays the foundation stone of National Assembly building

On behalf of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the Deputy King, His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, laid the foundation stone of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s National Assembly building. The Kingdom of Bahrain’s National Assembly will cover 19,000 square meters. The first phase of construction will include a National Council hall that can accommodate approximately 500 people, a hall for the Shura and Representatives Councils that can accommodate 40 people, and a multi-purpose hall. The project also includes a service building and facilities, a library, a museum documenting Bahrain’s democratic governance, a media centre, and an outdoor yard surrounded by a gallery for opening ceremonies. The building’s design incorporates elements of Bahrain’s architectural heritage, such as palm fronds, and features a distinctive main gate. Sustainable construction methods will be used, and the completed building will be energy efficient. Several senior officials also attended the ceremony.

26 December, 2022

13 tenders worth BD10million awarded in Bahrain

Ministry of Works announced that it has awarded 13 tenders valued at BD10,639,766 in various sectors in November 2022. The ministry also launched 19 tenders valued at BD36,45,715 during the month. The ministry issued seven tenders in the road sector in November 2022. The projects include a bicycle path in southern Bahrain, a project to develop Al Dair Street, a third lane in Al Mahzoura Street, the Tubli Bay improvement and a project linked to the Maameer Canal (Alba bridge). The projects, in total, cost more than BD8 million.
In the sewage sector, the ministry issued six tenders. The most prominent ones include the sewage water treatment plant in Khalifa City, the main line project and the treated sewage water line for East Sitra, and a project to expand the rainwater drainage in the Riffa area (Al-Bahair) in Block 933. Three projects are in the sanitation sector, which includes a sewage network in the Riffa in Block 939 to connect 43 properties and a sewage network in block 1038 in Sadad to serve 108 properties. In the buildings and maintenance sector, Works Ministry issued three tenders. The total cost of government school maintenance projects amounted to BD1,109,768, the maintenance project for Budaiya Veterinary Hospital will cost BD161,460.460. Works Ministry, issued three tenders in the technical services sector. The most prominent being a tender for the supply of licensed computers and software and another for upgrading the ministry’s telephone exchange.

23 December, 2022

Matal Al Naseem commercial project to come up in Bahrain

Diyar Al Muharraq, a leading real estate development company in Bahrain, has announced the sale of a  prime 21,322 sq m commercial plot within its Al Naseem development to Jannat Real Estate Investments towards construction of a waterfront complex. The 'Matal Al Naseem,' which will come up in the heart of Al Naseem, will include several upscale restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, and retail stores. Situated in the Southern Island of Diyar Al Muharraq, Al Naseem boasts stunning waterfront views, offering residents an unprecedented lifestyle experience that delivers a sense of belonging through a modern, luxurious lifestyle. Spread over a 328,000 sq m area, Al Naseem features more than 300 residential units with impressive modern designs, adjoining to a 10,000-metre waterfront shopping destination that includes retail outlets, leisure and recreation facilities, and a promenade and marina.

21 December, 2022

King Faisal Corniche-Avenues expansion set for 2024 completion in Bahrain

Steady progress is being made on the second phase of the King Faisal Corniche and The Avenues-Bahrain project, which is due for completion in the first half of 2024. Spanning over a 103,000 sq m area, the project, once completed will boast a complex building, hotel apartments and car park as well as green space. The Municipalities and Agriculture Minister Wael bin Nasser Al Mubarak, who visited the project site, affirmed the government's interest in promoting development projects to contribute in achieving Bahrain Economic Vision 2030 through partnership with the private sector. The minister was later briefed on the implementation stages of the project, which is aimed at providing various key amenities and advanced services and facilities to serve citizens and residents. Al Mubarak announced the expansion project was being implemented at a total cost of about BD70 million ($185 million). The financial contribution from the developer company worth BD5 million to develop the road network surrounding the project, and a total benefit amount of about BD33 million.

9 December, 2022

SAR 30 mln PC strand plant to be built in Bahrain

National Metal Manufacturing & Casting Co.’s (Maadaniyah) board of directors has approved establishing a plant specialized in steel wire strand (PC strand) in Bahrain. The project is expected to cost nearly SAR 30 million. The project will be financed by the company’s internal resources, in addition to commercial bank loans. The construction and expected completion dates will be announced later. 

9 December, 2022

Deal signed for sugar refinery plot in Bahrain

The Ministry of Industry and Commerce signed an agreement to lease a 107,000sqm industrial plot in Salman Industrial City for Bahrain Sugar Refinery, one of the industries that support the objectives of the industrial sector strategy (2022-26), as the Bahrain Sugar Refinery is a key pillar of the food industry in the region and is expected to increase exports and contribution of the industrial sector to the GDP, in addition to creating promising job opportunities for citizens.
Bahrain Sugar Refinery LLC acquired the sugar factory after bidding it in a public auction for US$ 21.2 M, and it is expected to start operating during the first quarter of next year with a production capacity of about 600,000 metric tons per year for sugar, 7,600 metric tons per year for molasses, and 10,000 metric tons per year for yeast. The company also stated a plan invest approximately BD 70 M to operate and expand the factory in the future by establishing new production lines within integrated industrial zones, the factory will create over 200 job opportunities.

6 December, 2022

Feasibility Study awarded for aluminium smelter line in Bahrain

Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) has awarded International Bechtel Co. Ltd. (Bechtel) to conduct Line 7 Project’s Feasibility Study. This proposed project underlines the ambition to grow organically and will further cement its position as one of the largest environment-friendly smelters in the world. Expected to be completed in about 9 months by September 2023, the Feasibility Study will provide a comprehensive evaluation of all factors to determine the viability of the Line 7 Project. It’s estimated that   Line 7 Project will have a similar production capacity as Line 6 Expansion Project – within the range of 540,000 metric tonnes per annum.

23 November, 2022

Key sustainable community project unveiled in Bahrain

Bahraini real estate developer Bareeq Al Retaj has announced the launch of its pioneering sustainable community on the kingdom's eastern coast. Located close to a local heritage village and Aquaculture Centre, the new development Ras Hayan Village will boast waterfront villas and apartments, leisure, hospitality and retail space as well as a stunning marina, all set amidst a natural mangrove forest. Ras Hayan is unique in its organically conscious zoning and master-planning of residential, leisure and natural spaces, holistically integrated into the natural environment. Many of the residences provide calm canal aspects, with the Northern most canal opening onto a natural mangrove forest whose biodiversity is being preserved and enhanced. In Ras Hayan you will find a distinct relaxed village dimension, avoiding the large one-size-fits-all feeling of some larger projects and focusing on creating community through clever and organic masterplanning. Ras Hayan Village was one of the four pioneering projects being brought to life on its 150 sq m stand during the three-day expo. A special team will be on hand to cater to all potential buyers. Ras Hayan’s residential offerings incorporate a limited number of waterfront and canal villas with larger than average plot sizes, and inland meandering neighbourhoods where streets are verdant and residents can connect with their natural environment.

23 November, 2022

Latest mixed-use project launched in Bahrain

Kooheji Development has launched its new mixed-use project Onyx SkyView on the sideline of Cityscape Bahrain 2022. Onyx SkyView is an architectural marvel with three interlocking towers that create a unique visual signature with staggered balconies offering bayside views from the homes, a minimal office facade, and the modern exteriors of the retail section.

22 November, 2022

Bids invited for EPC of associated gas compression project phase 7 in Bahrain

Tatweer Petroleum, Bahrain is undertaking a field development project to increase oil and associated gas production in the Bahrain Oil Field. As a result of this program, the associated gas production is projected to increase to volumes that need to be accommodated by the associated gas handling network. In order to accomplish this, expansion of the existing associated gas handling network by means of additional compression is required to further advance Tatweer Petroleum’s field development objectives. Therefore, the Associated Gas Compression Phase 7 project aims to install three (3) new compression stations to increase the field’s total compression capacity and for enhanced oil recovery purposes. The Scope of Work incudes Design, Procurement, Fabrication, Installation, Testing, Pre-Commissioning, Commissioning, and Start-Up of Three (3) Compression Stations CS12, CS13, & CS14. At present, tender submission date is 25 December 2022.

22 November, 2022

Bids received for study of new greenfield airport project in Bahrain

Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications (MTT) Bahrain received bidders proposals for the Study of New Greenfield Airport Project. As per the tender notification, MTT wishes to invite qualified firms to support its efforts to formulate a Strategy and Roadmap Study for implementing a new greenfield airport that will eventually replace Bahrain International Airport (BIA) when the existing airport site can no longer effectively meet the Kingdom’s airport infrastructure needs. The Study is multidisciplinary in nature, and includes public policy, development strategy, technical, economic, financial, and regulatory analysis, and evaluation. MTT wishes to engage a lead consultant who shall manage and coordinate the work of various specialist sub consultants and shall act as MTT’s principal advisor. The Study has far reaching implications not only for one of Bahrain’s most strategic sectors but also for the Kingdom’s overall economy.
Following firms has submitted the proposals:
Dar Al Handash Consultants
ADP Ingenierie
Netherlands Airport Consultants
Hill International

21 November, 2022

Bahrain to spend $312m on new schools by 2030

Bahrain is set to build 18 new schools as well as 24 academic buildings for students across the kingdom's four governorates by 2030 at a total investment of BD118.3 million ($312 million). The designs for the new environmental-friendly educational complexes have been completed in co-ordination with the Works Ministry. The Capital Governorate will see two schools and nine academic buildings constructed, the Muharraq Governorate will have five schools and seven academic buildings, the Southern Governorate three schools and four academic buildings, while the Northern Governo-rate will have eight schools and four academic buildings. The new schools will cover new areas and will increase existing school capacity. All of the 42 projects will be environmental-friendly and specifications are already in place. They include plans for natural lighting and new technologies for energy-saving lights and eliminating light pollution. The new primary schools would be constructed on an area of 150,000 sq m, mix primary intermediate schools on 180,000 sq m, intermediate on 160,000sqm, mix-intermediate secondary on 20,000sqm and technical schools on 40,000 sq m. Construction work will also take into account anticipated future vertical or horizontal expansions.

17 November, 2022

New model designs for key luxury villas unveiled in Bahrain

Diyar Al Muharraq, a leading real estate developer in Bahrain, has announced new model designs for its Aseel El Nasayem and Layl El Nasayem villas coming up within its residential development Al Naseem. The new designs will be showcased at the inaugural Cityscape real estate expo in Bahrain which opens its doors on November 22 at Exhibition World Bahrain. Aseel El Nasayem 2 villas span a land area of more than 320 sq m and a construction area of more than 340 sq m, whereas Layl El Nasayem 2 comprises a land area of more than 320 sq m and a construction area of more than 340 sqm. The Bahraini developer announced it has already started work on these luxury villas, which, on completion, will meet the high-quality engineering and construction standards that are delivered across the masterplan. The villas are now up for sale on a freehold basis, with the aim of providing a diverse and enriched selection for future homeowners seeking the finest villas in a modern, futuristic, and fully-integrated city, stated the developer. The new spaces boast the ultimate level of convenience that meet the various needs and aspirations of modern-day families. Al Naseem comprises two key neighborhoods: a gated community and a non-gated community. Emerging as Diyar Al Muharraq’s gated residential community, the first neighborhood encompasses more than 300 canal-facing villas, 500 residential apartments in individually designed buildings and premium community and leisure facilities. As for the second neighborhood, the plan houses an additional 500 apartments in exquisitely designed buildings, adjoining approximately 10,000 sqm of convenient retail, leisure and entertainment facilities with an integrated pedestrian-friendly promenade with breathtaking views alongside a 100-berth marina. Al Naseem has six villa types including Duha El-Nasayem, Sabah El-Nasayem, Aseel El-Nasayem, Layl El-Nasayem, Aseel El-Nasayem 2 and Layl El-Nasayem 2. Each villa type is represented by unique characteristics and styles, and provides potential buyers with distinct designs and features that aim to deliver a luxury vacation experience. Offering central air conditioning, other features include direct access to the water canals, a private dock, a private pool, a main kitchen as well as a fully equipped outdoor kitchen.

17 November, 2022

Four Seasons launches 112 bespoke homes at Bahrain Bay

Leading luxury hospitality company Four Seasons and Bahrain-based real estate development firm Bayside Developments have announced the launch of Four Seasons Private Residences Bahrain Bay. Ushering in a new standard of luxury waterfront living, a collection of 112 bespoke homes will be set within the capital city, at Bahrain Bay, it was revealed at a press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay. Residents will enjoy access to the neighbouring Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay as a remarkable extension of their homes with resort-style amenities, multiple restaurants, and a pristine beach just a short walk or chauffeured golf cart journey away via private bridge. The property will also be a short distance from The Avenues and MODA Mall, each offering the finest selections of shopping, dining and more. In addition to having access to the full spectrum of services and amenities from the neighbouring hotel, Four Seasons Privates Residences Bahrain Bay will feature a wide array of dedicated offerings for residents to enjoy while at home with Four Seasons. Most notably, the development will include manicured gardens for entertaining or relaxing; a sunlit infinity edge pool with spectacular views from a landscaped terrace; a well-appointed fitness centre; an intimate resident's lounge to retreat and unwind; and a private cinema featuring state-of-the-art audio-visual technology and plush velvet seating for family movie nights to be enjoyed in ultimate comfort. Set on a private enclave overlooking Bahrain Bay, every detail of the Private Residences has been carefully considered to create an oasis of 98 luxurious apartments, eight duplexes and six penthouses. With architecture by Gensler and interior design by Rive Gauche, each home will overlook Bahrain Bay, the iconic Bahrain World Trade Center, the Manama Skyline or the sea. Homes will feature striking marble finishes throughout and designer show kitchens with a combined living area for an effortless space to relax and entertain in style. Led by a director of residences and a dedicated Four Seasons team, owners will enjoy a service-rich environment, including the ability to request a private chef, arrange a private spa treatment, and so much more, all from the comforts of home.

16 November, 2022

Logistics hub opened in Bahrain

DSV, the world’s third-largest freight forwarder and leading global logistics provider opened a 14,000 sq m logistics facility in Bahrain Logistics Zone in Hidd to expand its warehousing capabilities in the area. The new facility supports contract logistics with ambient, chilled and frozen storage, as well as solutions for high-value cargo. It will offer secure records management services, and storage/turnkey logistics for Bahrain-based manufacturers in the fast-moving consumer goods industry. With a storage capacity of 24,000 pallet positions, the new facility increases DSV’s controlled-temperature warehouse capacity in the Kingdom of Bahrain to a total of 65,000 pallet positions and 75,000 sq m. The increase in capacity enables the company to continue to support its customers in a market of increasing interest and demand. The new facility in Bahrain represents an $18 million investment by DSV, and is the company’s second expansion in the country in just three years. It follows the 2019 opening of a 28,000 sq m warehouse, also in Hidd. DSV’s further expansion in Bahrain is a testament to the company’s commitment to the promising market.

11 November, 2022

Catering unit contract awarded in Bahrain

Bahrain Airport Services (BAS) has signed up Al Sabah Construction as the official contractor for its new catering facility coming up within Sakhir Airbase. The new catering facility, which will come up on a 7,500 sq m plot area, will be manned by a set of skilled employees who will cater to the daily requirements for VIP flight operations, as well as other customers in surrounding areas. It will also provide special services for major events such as the Bahrain International Airshow. The launch of the Sakhir Airbase Catering Facility aims to further expand and establish our catering operations to serve a wider range of clients throughout the kingdom.

9 November, 2022

Address beach resort Bahrain to open in weeks

Address Beach Resort Bahrain, a stunning property of Dubai’s Emaar Hospitality Group, is set to open in a matter of weeks on the spectacular shores of Marassi Al Bahrain. The property will be open to the public who will be able to enjoy luxury and relaxation in an idyllic setting, accompanied by an unrivalled mix of amenities. The 117-key hotel along with 154-key residence exudes luxury with its modern façade, complimented inside by crisp, cool, tones offering equal measures of sophistication and tranquillity. Guests will enjoy vast dining options across The Restaurant, The Lounge, and The Garden – each offering a different dining experience whether you are looking for the perfect romantic dinner, an impressive business lunch, or a chilled-out bite with a beverage. Market-leading amenities will including a world-class spa for the ultimate in self-care, a fully equipped gym, and breath-taking pool. The little ones are catered for with a Kids’ Club and splash pad. Address Beach Resort Bahrain will also provide the perfect venue for unforgettable events from weddings to functions, and business meetings and conferencing.

9 November, 2022

2 new natural gas discoveries announced in Bahrain

Bahrain has announced two natural gas discoveries in the Al-Joubah and Al-Jawf reservoirs. Bahrain’s energy strategy and is likely to be decided in the next six months. Nogaholding, has updated Bahrain King Hamad bin Issa Al Khalifa on the discoveries.

8 November, 2022

Jumeirah opens doors to stunning wellness resort in Bahrain

Jumeirah Group, the global luxury hospitality company and member of Dubai Holding, has officially opened its doors to the Jumeirah Gulf of Bahrain Resort & Spa, offering the guests entering the kingdom an idyllic haven for a tranquil and restorative getaway. Resting majestically on the unexplored, pristine beaches of Bahrain’s West Coast, Jumeirah Group’s newest address offers an idyllic setting for those desiring a relaxing and rejuvenating break. It boasts an extensive range of leisure and wellness facilities, well designed rooms and villas, all featuring sweeping views of the Gulf, stunning landscaped gardens or meandering waterways. Guests and visitors can indulge in eight new dining experiences, each providing awe-inspiring panoramic sea views, featuring a mixture of international flavours curated by world-renowned chefs. Delivering unique family-style dining against a backdrop of picturesque panoramic sea views, Obab Al Bahar will provide à la carte menus and daily buffet choices from the hotel’s leading international culinary team, including an exclusive, customised beverage menu infused with local ingredients, fragrances and spices to deliver a unique Bahraini experience. Serving up fresh homemade favourites and healthy seasonal salads on a contemporary alfresco private terrace, Due Mari delivers authentic Italian cuisine while Al Sama serves up local specialties and refreshing drinks overlooking the sparkling Gulf. Guests can also enjoy a selection of healthy options or indulge in hand crafted chocolates and delectable international and local pastries created by the resident pastry chef at Majlis Al Fijiri, sip a selection of fine beverages at stylish 25 | 50 or enjoy comfort food alongside specially crafted beverages beachside at Ousoul. The new resort also features Jumeirah Group’s award-winning Talise Spa, including female-only spa facilities with private entrance and traditional Hammam.

7 November, 2022

Metro network tender to be launched in Bahrain

Bahrain is set to launch the tender for the construction of its metro project in the first quarter of 2023. The pre-qualification tender for the kingdom's ambitious project was issued and closed in May this year. A total of 11 leading global infrastructure majors - including French sustainable mobility expert Alstom, Korea's Hyundai Engineering and Indian construction conglomerate Larsen and Toubro (L&T) in addition to Chinese heavyweights Harbour Engineering and China Railway Group and Egyptian builder Orascom - had been prequalified for the Phase One of Bahrain Metro. The others in the list include Plenary Asia (Singapore); Virtue Global Holding (UK) and CRRC (Hong Kong) Company in addition to regional heavyweight Orascom Construction (Egypt). Also two Bahraini utility groups - Aradous Energy Generation Company and Taqi Mohammed Albaharana Trading Establishment - are in the fray. Bahrain's Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunication (MTT) had announced the winning developer/consortium will implement the project on DBFOMT (Design, Build, Finance, Operate, Maintain, Transfer) basis with a contract period of 35 years. Being implemented in four phases, Bahrain Metro's Phase One comprises two lines running 29 km long covering 20 stations. Estimated to cost around $2 billion, the Bahrain Metro project marks an important milestone as it will provide a fast, comfortable, reliable, sustainable and modern transportation system in the kingdom, thereby improving the standards of living. With this state-of the art, fully automated, driverless metro system, MTT plans to develop an efficient public transport service in the kingdom. A team of top financial, technical, and legal advisors have been roped in for the project led by KPMG as the lead transaction advisor, Egis as the technical advisor and DLA Piper as the legal advisor for procurement of this project on a PPP basis.

4 November, 2022

Key infrastructure works nearing completion in Bahrain

Diyar Al Muharraq has announced the completion of more than 90 per cent of main and secondary infrastructure work on the Southern Island. The work has been in operation since 2012, and is expected to be completed as per the set schedule. Recent upgrades on the project included the construction and lighting of road networks over 11km of main roads and 75km of secondary roads, in addition to eight 66kV primary substations and more than 150 11kV electricity distribution plants. Works on the primary and secondary sewage network include the pumping station, water tanks and distribution systems, rainwater drainage systems, irrigation systems and a pumping station for irrigation water.
Additionally, a total of 11 communication towers were developed encompassing both the main and secondary telecommunications networks. Works also included afforestation of public roads and the paving of walking and bicycle lanes. Diyar Al Muharraq is the largest integrated city in the Kingdom of Bahrain, offering a variety of housing solutions and a luxurious modern lifestyle, all while preserving the core family values of the Bahraini community. It offers a unique, balanced mix of residential, commercial, recreational, and healthcare facilities, creating a self-contained and futuristic model city.

31 October, 2022

Tender floated for first dates factory in Bahrain

Bahrain, once known as the land of million palm trees, is set to give its datepalm sector a new boost amid the global race towards food security. This includes constructing Bahrain’s first Date Factory for which the Ministry of Works has launched a new tender after a similar move in 2021. The move gains importance as countries expand their domestic food production to achieve food independence. The 2021 tender was for building a BD300,000 (USD 797,872) date factory in Hawrat Aali that could process 5,000 tonnes of dates annually, eventually increasing to 15,000 tonnes, when fully operational. The new tender also plans the project in Howrat Aali. The upcoming factory will have a main factory building, areas of unloading, storage, dates packaging, laboratory, offices and supporting facilities. The tender is offering a 12-month contract for the project. The project comes as Bahrain bids to join the Saudi Arabia-based International Dates Council to help develop more sustainable farming techniques and increase productivity. Those interested in taking up the job should purchase the tender before the 1st of December 2022. The closing date is the 7th of December 2022.

17 October, 2022

Road widening & upgrade contracts to be awarded soon in Bahrain

Bahrain’s Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning is expected to award the main construction contract for its Widening Sheikh Isa Bin Salman Highway and Bahrain Map Interchange Package 1 and Widening Sheikh Isa Bin Salman Highway with Jasrah Interchange Upgrade Phase 2 package 2 (AMAS Access Improvement - Package 4) by the fourth quarter of 2022. 
Package 1 of Widening Sheikh Isa Bin Salman Highway and Bahrain Map Interchange is expected to be awarded early December 2022, with the overall project completion is scheduled for first quarter of 2025. Bid evaluation is progressing for Package 2 and the contract is expected to be awarded by end of November 2022. SSH Design, in partnership with Mott MacDonald, is undertaking the pre- and post-engineering consultancy services for the design and supervision of the road and bridges. The services include feasibility studies, preliminary and detailed designs, and providing tender assistance services to the ministry. SSH Design will also provide supervision services to the client for the construction works. The overall project is slated for completion by the first quarter of 2025.

14 October, 2022

New digital shop launched in Bahrain

Batelco unveiled its new Digital Shop, with unique features designed to elevate the customer digital retail experience, launched at Wadi Al Sail Mall. The Digital Shop boasts a wide range of functions, the most important one being the ability to instantly register and activate a new Postpaid or Prepaid line and receive a new SIM card, with just a few simple steps. Batelco’s Digital Shop was designed with customer convenience in mind, giving access to a wide variety of services. In addition to SIM registration and dispensing, other features that are unique to the Digital Shop include enabling customers to upgrade their packages, and through a Live Chat function, customers can speak to a customer care agent for any extra support. Furthermore, customers that are interested in buying new devices can check availability through the Digital Shop and find out at which Batelco branches the device is available. The frequently used everyday transactions are also part of the Digital Shop’s capabilities, including paying bills, refilling vouchers, and replacing eSIM or SIM cards. Batelco’s Digital Shop, which is located on the ground floor of Wadi Al Sail Mall, is accessible daily, during Mall opening hours.

5 October, 2022

Works completed for the sewage treatment plant project in Bahrain

Diyar Al Muharraq has announced the completion of the city’s connection to the sewage treatment plant (STP) in Muharraq. Works on the project, which links the treated water across a 14-kilometer distance from the Muharraq STP to Diyar Al Muharraq’s reservoir, started this February and ended in July.

3 October, 2022

Design work in progress for housing villa complex in Bahrain

Bahrain’s Ministry of Housing (MOH) is expected to complete the design work on Al Madina Al Shamaliya Housing Villa Complex, located West of Al Madina Al Shamaliya by end of 2022. The design works have commenced on the project and is expected to be completed in December 2022. The tender for the main construction contract is expected to be released by end of first quarter 2023. A joint venture of PACE Architecture Engineering & Planning and Ansari Engineering Service is the design and supervision consultant for the project. The scope of work involves the construction of 314 Villas, a park, parking spaces, landscaping work and utility works. The project is slated for completion in fourth quarter 2025 and the project cost is $100 million.

30 September, 2022

Consultancy bids invited for 284-unit residential project in Bahrain

Bahrain's Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning has invited bids from qualified consultants to provide contract management and site supervision consultancy services for a major residential project being developed in the kingdom. In its tender notification, the ministry said the winning bidder will be responsible for the contract management and site supervision of a total of 284 housing units coming up in East Hidd Village A2, C1 & C2 on plots 5,6, 11 and 14.
Only qualified engineering consultants with Category A licensed with the Council for Regulating the Practice of Engineering Professions (CRPEP), Kingdom of Bahrain, will be able to participate in this tender.As per the ministry notification, it will undergo a two-envelope opening tender procedure where in the Qualification and Technical proposal will be opened first followed by the financial proposal. Only those suppliers who had passed the qualification process will be evaluated with their technical proposal. And later it will be the turn of the suppliers who passed the technical evaluation bid. The last date for sending the bids has been set at October 26, 2022.

29 September, 2022

Tender issued for 100 MW IPP Solar PV project in Bahrain

The Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain, represented by Electricity and Water Authority (EWA), issued Request for Proposal (RFP) to seek proposals from Applicants, who may be a single entity or an Arrangement, to remediate a landfill site. This project is in preparation for the implementation of a Solar PV Project on the remediated landfill site. Project site area has been identified by EWA and the MOFNE. The plot identified for the Project is located in the Askar landfill site, in the Southern Governate of the Kingdom of Bahrain.
The Project scope will involve site remediation, any site studies including permitting process and list of associated studies e.g., EIA, gas collection feasibility as well as the construction of the gas collection system, construction of leachate collection system, and air quality monitoring that may be required for development, permitting, design, engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, testing, completion, and insurance of the site up to project completion.
The Project procurement shall follow the following stages:
Stage 1 wherein, a statement of qualifications submitted in line with the requirements of this RFP will be assessed against Minimum Eligibility Requirements (MERs) set out in this RFP;
Stage 2, wherein, Proposals of Applicants who satisfy the MERs in Stage 1 (Pre-qualified Bidders) will be evaluated in line with the RFP requirements;
Stage 3 is the award of the EPC Contract for Land Remediation.

19 September, 2022

Leasing advisor appointed for a new mall in Bahrain

Global real estate advisor CBRE has been exclusively appointed by ATAA Real Estate Investment Company to manage and lease the new 11,000-sq-m Once Mall in Bahrain. Developed by Haj Gulf, Once Mall is strategically located on Shaikh Salman Highway in Isa Town’s educational area to serve the local area and will accommodate international retail and F&B brands, offering some unique concepts to attract visitors from further afield. The four-storey shopping centre offers a range of units and zoning for retail, F&B, offices, and entertainment. With construction in full swing, the mall is due for completion in Q4 2022. The property boasts an architecturally pleasing design, with a quality look and feel. There are ample parking spaces and access from the main road is straightforward. The real estate industry expert has been exclusively appointed to provide property management and leasing services throughout the pre-leasing campaign and once operational.

5 September, 2022

Construction work begins on Address Residences Marassi Vista in Bahrain

Construction has begun on Bahrain’s Address Residences Marassi Vista, a one-of-a-kind concept which is home to over 200 luxury units ranging from studios to 3-bedroom apartments and designed to meet the expectations of guests. Kicking-off with initial excavation works and sheet piles installations, the 10-storey building consists of two basements, a ground floor, a podium, eight floors, and a rooftop, with a built-up area of 33,756 sq m, Eagle Hills Diyar (EHD), the pioneer behind the iconic Marassi Al Bahrain development. Main contractors, Al Ghanah Group are working hand-in-hand with the project’s lead consultant, U+A, alongside sub-consultant Gulf House Engineering (GHE), towards a target completion date of the second quarter of 2024. Marassi Vista will be overlooking a stunning sea view surrounded by lush green parks that provide a unique lifestyle experience. Marassi Vista will also include a number of retail stores easily accessible to tenants of the project. The unique residential development is designed to provide fully-furnished units, complete with state-of-the-art and luxury designed facilities that overlook a unique sea view within arms-reach. At Eagle Hills Diyar, we are proud to offer the latest investment opportunities in the kingdom, providing deluxe 5-star experiences for end users to enjoy as part of the Marassi Al Bahrain living experience. Address Residences Marassi Vista delivers the signature style of the Address Hotel & Resorts, while optimising the prime location of Marassi Al Bahrain, the kingdom’s most exclusive beachfront community.

19 August, 2022

Tender launched for 72MW solar project in Bahrain

Bahrain has taken yet another step towards embracing green energy by launching a new solar panels project. It features awarding a 20-year contract for local or international bidders to build, own, operate and manage grid-tied solar photovoltaic (PV) power panels with a minimum capacity of 72MWac in multiple premises in Sakhir, in south of the kingdom. The tender seeks to build solar panels in the Bahrain International Circuit, University of Bahrain, Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre, and Al Dana Amphitheatre.
The solar panels are to be built on the rooftops, car park shades, electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, and the grounds of the above-mentioned facilities. To qualify for the tender, bidders need to be engaged in the business of solar PV energy and have successfully commissioned at least ten grid-tied solar PV projects (out of which at least five are solar PV car park projects). Additionally, bidders should be commissioned in at least 40 MWac grid-tied solar PV projects in any country globally in the last three years (2019-2021).

17 August, 2022

Partnership formed to install rooftop photovoltaic solar panels in Bahrain

GAC Bahrain, a shipping and forwarding agency, will install photovoltaic solar panels on the rooftop of its warehouse in Bahrain Investment Wharf in Al Hidd. It has partnered up with renewable energy construction firm Al-Mannai Projects to install 552 solar panels that will generate around 300 kilowatts to meet the facility’s electricity needs. It is part of the company’s commitment to environmental protection and reducing its carbon footprint across the maritime and logistics industries.

17 August, 2022

Contractor appointed for a mall expansion project in Bahrain

The Avenues Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Al Sorouh Management Company, has announced the appointment of Nass Group as the main contractor for construction works for The Avenues Bahrain phase II expansion project. The expansion project sets to extend the mall further along the west of the seafront, adding 41,200sqm of leasable space, to include 244 units, two entertainment areas, an ice rink, and a supermarket, as well as a basement parking, bringing the total leasable area in both phases to approximately 80,000sqm.

16 August, 2022

372 housing units to be constructed in Khalifa Town

Bahrain's Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning is set to implement a project to build 372 new housing units in Khalifa Town, worth BD17 million ($45.13 million). The project, which is part of the housing commitments contained in the current Government Action Plan (2019-2022), is expected to be completed in two years. The deputy premier also inspected the land lots allocated in Khalifa Town for the implementation of the government-owned lands development rights programme (Government Lands’ Development Programme), which will provide more than 3,300 housing units that will be offered at reasonable prices for the beneficiaries of the newly announced housing financing schemes. In this context, Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla directed the relevant ministries and government service departments to start preparing the necessary infrastructure works to implement this project according to a specific timetable, as well as to provide the required cash flows. Projects will be implemented under the government-owned lands development rights programme all over the kingdom, by tasking the private sector with constructing thousands of housing units that will be available for the beneficiaries of the new housing schemes at affordable prices. The ministry seeks to accelerate the implementation of the project so as to be completed according to schedule, noting that the project will feature new units’ designs, developed by Housing and Urban Development Ministry over the past period in the ongoing projects in Salman Town and East Sitra Town. The project contains an area for public services and utilities, a mosque, shops, a park and a playground, while the housing units, according to the building model used, consist of four bedrooms, two halls, a Majlis, a kitchen, four bathrooms, and a storeroom.

27 July, 2022

Consultants sought for a new public beach park in Bahrain

A new public beach park, complete with walkways, playgrounds and other amenities, is on the anvil in Bahrain. The new public facility will come up in the Northern Governorate. As per the Works Ministry tender, the upcoming beach park will have a walkway with a landscape and playground, comfort services, cafes, shops, car parks, and other facilities. The plot size of the new facility in Karzakan Block 1027 in the Northern Governorate is 12,332m2. The tender is for appointing a consultancy firm experienced in designing beaches and coastal development to design and supervise the new Public Beach Park. Those interested in taking up the project should bid before the 24th of August 2022, with a BD1,000 bond and BD50 tender fees.

26 July, 2022

$370 million gas compression facility to be awarded soon in Bahrain

Tatweer Petroleum is expected to award the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for its $370 million non-associated gas compression facilities (NCF3-7) by the fourth quarter of 2022. The main contract bids have been submitted and were being evaluated with the award expected in early September 2022 .
The bidders were TDE Overseas ($336m), Enerflex Middle East ($164m), and Advanced Oil Field Systems ($366m). The scope of work involves the construction of a non-associated gas reservoirs, gas compression facilities and gas injection units, adding that the project is slated for completion by end of 2025.

25 July, 2022

Work completed on key phase of residential project in Bahrain

Diyar Al Muharraq, a leading real estate development company in Bahrain, has announced the completion of all infrastructure works within Phase Four of its freehold residential project, Al Bareh. Work on the key phase began in November last year and was completed in May in accordance with the set schedule. The scope of work included power and water connection and telecommunications systems installation in addition to irrigation systems, drainage and sewage systems, as well as road paving and lighting. The leading consultant on the project, Aecom, oversaw the project planning and supervised it alongside Jahecon. Diyar Al Muharraq strives to introduce more residential projects that the meet the needs of citizens and residents in the kingdom Al Bareh is known for its spacious area located in the northwest of Diyar Al Muharraq overlooking spectacular views of the Gulf and the City’s main water canal. In addition to unparalleled features including its inner road network connected to key locations and destinations across the City. Al Bareh also offers exceptional residential opportunities available on a freehold basis for all nationalities. Diyar Al Muharraq is one of the largest integrated cities in the kingdom offering a variety of housing solutions and a luxurious modern lifestyle with a mix of residential, commercial, recreational and healthcare facilities.

21 July, 2022

Work in progress for housing projects in Bahrain

Minister of Housing and Urban Planning has confirmed that the Salman Town project is nearing completion. The construction of the units is nearing completion, as the project is already 82 percent complete. The project is expected to be complete during the fourth quarter of 2022. The minister paid a visit to Salman Town and inspected the progress of work on a number of projects. These include the construction of 303 units, in addition to apartment buildings and the Government-owned land plots allocated for housing developments. Work is also in full swing to construct the beachfront apartment buildings which will accommodate 1,380 Bahraini families. The integrative projects also include all facilities and services serving dwellers, including parking lots, gardens and children’s playing areas. The minister stressed keenness to provide innovative and viable housing solutions to cater to applicants’ needs and spearhead successful partnership with the private sector.  The ministry is studying a number of programmes and initiatives which will be given the go-ahead in the coming period, in line with the Government Action Plan and the 2030 Bahrain Economic Vision.

15 July, 2022

Abu Dhabi groups to fund water supply project in Bahrain

The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) and Abu Dhabi Exports Office (ADEX) will extend AED337.9 million ($91.9 million) in financing to the Electricity and Water Authority in Bahrain for a water supply network project. Under the signed agreements, ADFD will provide a loan of AED150.6 million, while ADEX has committed AED187.32 million. The funds will be used to enhance the capacity of the water transmission networks within the second phase of Bahrain's Al Dour station to 50 million gallons. With the expanded capacity, the facility will have reserves of at least three days' consumption average to cater to the daily water requirements of residents. The station will provide drinking water supply and cater to the needs of construction, investment and industrial projects. The project financed by ADFD will raise the efficiency of water supply, contribute to water security and enhance the sustainability of water resources.

6 July, 2022

Construction started on a Community Center in Bahrain

Diyar Al Muharraq announced that construction work on the Jeewan Community Centre has begun during month of June 2022. Diyar Al Muharraq appointed Sarab Contracting as the main contractor and Arab Architects as the lead consultant to oversee the Project, which is scheduled to be completed during the first quarter of 2023. The community center, which will be built on an area spanning over 5,000 sqm, aims to meet the various needs of residents and visitors alike. In addition to a children’s play area, outdoor spaces suitable for social activities, as well as landscaped gardens, the space will include a retail shopping area, an ATM, and more than thirty parking spaces.

4 July, 2022

Bids invited to develop key mixed-use projects in Bahrain

Bahrain Real Estate Investment (Edamah) is inviting bids to develop a 20,717 sq m plot at Hidd within Muharraq Governorate of the kingdom for a mixed-use investment project. The land is strategically located near new waterfront developments such as Diyar Al Muharraq and Dilmunia, and overlooks Arad Highway opposite Bahrain International Airport. Edamah is the real-estate arm of the sovereign wealth fund of Bahrain. Incorporated in 2006 to manage and expand an assorted portfolio of real-estate in Bahrain, Edamah has established itself as one of the kingdom’s leading property developers. Edamah announced it was also seeking bids for the development of 6 more plots with a total area of 5,618 sq m at Askar within Southern Governorate for a mixed-use investment project. It is strategically located near Khalifa town housing project and offers a clear view of King Hamad Highway.

29 June, 2022

Petrol station set to open in Bahrain

Diyar Al Muharraq, a leading real estate development company in Bahrain signed an agreement with Bapco Tazweed, the local provider of petroleum products and complementary services in the kingdom, to build the first petrol station within its upcoming integrated city. The petrol station will be spread over a 4,000 sq m area, located in close proximity to Souq Al Baraha and overlooking Marassi Al Bahrain. The new station, which will have 6 petrol pumps, can serve 12 vehicles at one time; in addition to various other facilities including an automobile service station, as well as a number of retail stores and ATMs; designed to provide integrated services to all visitors. The station represents a key addition to the wide range of services and facilities provided by the recently-completed Souq Al Baraha project to the residents and visitors of the community. Souq Al Baraha includes commercial and recreational facilities within a traditional atmosphere embodying the authentic Bahraini heritage. This petrol station will serve Diyar Al Muharraq’s residents and visitors, as well as those living in nearby areas; which will accommodate different types of fuel including Super, Mumtaz, Jayyid and Diesel, in addition to providing various complementary services. The station will also help enhance residents' amenities while relieving pressure on other gas stations in the surrounding area. We will continue to meet the needs of the Kingdom’s citizens, residents and visitors; with strategically located petrol stations that they can easily access, wherever they are.

27 June, 2022

Underwater city around Hawar Islands proposed in Bahrain

Plans are afoot to create an underwater city in the sea surrounding Hawar Islands, a protected nature reserve in Bahrain currently vying for World Heritage Site status. The key attractions include a ‘memory lane’ adventure with a dive story-museum, and sunken ships and submarines.

22 June, 2022

Latest beachfront residential project announced in Bahrain

Eagle Hills Diyar (EHD), the pioneer behind the iconic Marassi Al Bahrain development, announced the launch of its latest residential project, Marassi Terraces. The project offers an innovative living experience, delivering an indoor-outdoor lifestyle with its unique terrace concept. As the most recent addition to the Marassi Al Bahrain portfolio, Marassi Terraces ensures harmony with its surroundings through its unparalleled design. With a lifestyle defined by its outer spaces, Marassi Terraces elevates home living far beyond its front doors. The twin terrace concept is nestled alongside two elegant residential towers connected by a first of its kind air walkway bridge. Offering a total of 350 units across 10 storeys, in addition to retail spaces and a reception lobby designed to the highest standards, the project’s defining landmarks are the Aqua Terrace and the Garden Terrace, presenting an enhanced outdoor lifestyle experience and social entertainment, providing a space to relax, explore and play. Through its minimalist design, the project offers future residents various living options. From studio apartments to 3-bedroom homes, Marassi Terraces provides modern kitchens and bathrooms, coupled with an abundance of amenities. The project promises an optimal lifestyle experience, equipped with unique indoor amenities.

16 June, 2022

Work completed on Amanat Edu Safe Park in Bahrain

Bahrain Real Estate Investment Company (Edamah), a unit of the kingdom's sovereign wealth fund Mumtalakat, has announced the completion of Phase One of the Amanat Edu Safe Park. The 16,000 sqm facility is a first of its kind offering a one-stop solution for students and parents which will add value to education beyond school hours. According to Edamah, it will be equipped with state-of-the-art education centres and halls which will be leased for lectures, workshops, training programs, and theatre and art productions. The Park will also partner with educational institutes to offer a range of extra-curricular activities in areas such as liberal arts, technology, and robotics, as well as dedicated special needs educational programs. It will be an important addition to the Isa Town Educational Area, extending students’ learning experience beyond school hours through a variety of enriching and educational activities. The project incorporates our more than 30 years of experience in education to create a one-stop solution which meets the needs of the entire family and offers a nurturing environment conducive to learning and personal development. It will be able to take advantage of the time spent waiting for their children by earning certifications in vocational skills programs supported by the Tamkeen Training and Wage Support Scheme. The Park features scenic green spaces with jogging tracks, walkways, and outdoor scientific installations, which create an atmosphere conducive to learning. The project is supported by Edamah, who conducted extensive initial research to assess the area’s market needs. The second phase of the Amanat Edu Safe Park is expected to be completed in August, 2022.

7 June, 2022

Solar power purchase agreement signed in Bahrain

Mondelēz Bahrain Biscuits WLL, signed recently a solar power purchase agreement (“PPA”) with Yellow Door Energy, a leading provider of sustainable energy for businesses in the Middle East. Located at the state-of-the-art Mondelēz biscuit factory in Al-Hidd, Bahrain, the solar plant will have a capacity of 2.3 megawatts and will comprise over 4,200 solar panels for both rooftop and carport applications. Once completed, the solar plant is expected to produce 3,820 megawatt-hours of clean energy in the first year of operation, equivalent to reducing carbon emissions by 2,400 metric tons. As the solar developer, Yellow Door Energy is responsible for financing, designing, building, commissioning, operating, and maintaining the solar plant for the duration of the agreement. By working with solar developers, leading businesses can reduce their energy costs without any upfront investment or operational risk, while maintaining focus on their core business and enjoying the benefits of clean energy.

23 May, 2022

Edamah set for Sitra industrial park expansion

Bahrain Real Estate Investment Company (Edamah) has announced that work will soon start on the expansion of the 87,382-sq-m Sitra Industrial Park. Edamah, the real estate arm of the kingdom's sovereign wealth fund, Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company, boasts a diverse portfolio spanning retail, hospitality, commercial and industrial properties across the kingdom. The Bahraini group announced it was keen to tailor its features to accommodate tenants’ requirements. It aims to drive sustainable economic growth while also creating benefits for local communities. The 87,382 sq m park includes a total of four existing facilities with two new covered facilities and dry storage plots for industrial, commercial and logistical use. Announcing the availability of agile industrial locations at its Sitra Industrial Park, Edamah said the park is to be expanded with an additional 8,000 sqm of industrial space with construction about to commence on the site.

23 May, 2022

Work completed on key sewage pumping stations in Bahrain

Ministry of Works announced completing the rehabilitation works of 32 sewage pumping stations as part of a strategy to provide highquality services to improve public health. The projects include the rehabilitation of 32 main and subsidiary pumping stations in various regions of Bahrain. Three stations are in Muharraq Governorate, 19 in the Capital Governorate, seven in the Northern Governorate and three in the Southern Governorate. It aims to raise the efficiency of the stations and ensure sustainability, limiting floods in areas as part of the sanitation efforts. Works also include equipping these stations with new pumps, internal pipes, valves, electrical control panels, control systems and sensors. Tender and Auctions Board awarded the project to Al-Dur Contracting Company for Excavation and Building for BD 759,801.

17 May, 2022

Deal signed for solar power project in Bahrain

Imerys, a leader in mineral-based specialty solutions for industry, is partnering with Yellow Door Energy, a sustainable provider for businesses in the Middle East to install over 8,500 solar panels at its white fused alumina production plant in Bahrain. This alumina plant is operated by Imerys and Bahraini partner Al Zayani Industries. Covering an area of 25,000 square meters, this solar plant will be connected to our internal distribution network. It will have a capacity of 4,500 kWp and will generate 7,600 megawatt-hours of renewable electricity in the first year of operation. It will be both ground-mounted as well as fixed on the roofs of the existing building. This will bring significant cost savings, reduce carbon emissions linked to Imery operations by 6,000 tonnes per year once fully operational as well as contribute to reducing the CO2 footprint of the white fused alumina produced in Bahrain, which in turn will benefit to the sustainability roadmap of our international refractory and abrasives customers.
Construction of the solar plant should commence in the second half of 2022 and it should be operational by 2023. As the solar developer, Yellow Door Energy is responsible for financing, designing, building, commissioning, operating and maintaining the solar plant for the duration of the agreement. They will comply with Imerys’ Contractor Management Procedure and Health, Safety and Environmental Policy.

29 April, 2022

Work on $1.8bn infrastructure projects under way in Bahrain

Infrastructure development projects worth BD711.9 million ($1.87 billion) are currently under way in Bahrain including 12 road improvement works, nine sanitation developments and other construction and maintenance projects.

29 April, 2022

Padel courts opened within integrated city in Bahrain

Diyar Al Muharraq, a leading real estate development company in Bahrain, has announced the opening of padel courts at Hadiqat Al Diyar. Spread over a 32,800 sq m area, Hadiqat Al Diyar boasts a rubber floor running track, outdoor exercise and picnic area, in addition to an area dedicated to food and beverage outlets. The park also features football fields and a children’s play area. Hadiqat Al Diyar features a total of seven padel courts, six of which can host up to four players at a time, and a court dedicated to competitions between two single players. These courts are managed by Padel Bahrain, which is the first registered trademark for the sport in the kingdom and is witnessing tremendous growth in popularity. The Padel Bahrain courts are characterized by its blue sand flooring, which is a treated sand made to allow for smooth ball bounce-back in addition to reducing risk of injuries. These features set Padel Bahrain apart in the sport, making them the best of its kind in the Gulf region.

18 April, 2022

MoU signed for next generation 5G technologies in Bahrain

Batelco and Ericsson have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on next-generation 5G technologies and innovations in line with Bahrain’s digital economy vision. The latest MoU is part of Batelco’s efforts to enhance its network capabilities to achieve future goals for 5G technology, in addition to supporting development programs for new use cases that highlight the potential of 5G for consumers and enterprises. The MoU will cover collaboration on Voice over New Radio (NR) and an advanced Charging Systems that will enhance Batelco’s real-time convergent charging as well as enable the introduction of new smart and innovative Internet of Things (IoT) products. It will also include cloud-native 5G Core and 5G Standalone (SA) solutions that helped Batelco and Ericsson successfully complete the first 5G SA data call in the Kingdom. The MoU is also set to lay the foundation for a 5G millimeter wave (mmWave) introduction which, through its higher bandwidth, higher data rates, and extended range capabilities, offers great potential for Fixed Wireless Access (FWA), gaming, and industrial applications.

15 April, 2022

Approval granted for major infrastructure projects in Bahrain

New infrastructure projects across the Southern Governorate, costing millions of dinars, have been given the green light. They include the construction of new roads on Hawar Islands and developing existing roads in Riffa, Isa Town and Buhair. There will also be sewage networks for the new Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre in Sakhir and a treatment plant for Khalifa Town, near Askar. 
Details of the projects were revealed by Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Ministry officials at the Southern Municipal Council meeting. Amongst the main projects, which it signed a work agreement last month for, is constructing new roads on Hawar Islands. It is awaiting approval to start Bahrain’s oldest housing town, Isa Town, is also set for major road revamps that intend to begin on May 22 and continue for up to 10 months in blocks 805 and 807.
Ground levelling in quickly-urbanised Buhair to build new roads and it is expected that the procedure would be complete in July next year. A new sewage treatment plant was also planned for Khalifa Town. The first phase of the project is expected to see 20,000 cubic metres from the town and nearby areas treated daily. Negotiation underway with the Finance and National Economy Ministry and the United Kingdom Export Finance to secure funding for the project.

8 April, 2022

Feasibility study for carbon capture technologies awarded in Bahrain

Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) has appointed Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) to carry out a feasibility study for carbon capture technologies at Alba’s smelter plant in Bahrain. Alba has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with MHI to study the feasibility of carbon capture at the smelter, with MHI to provide KM CDR process, jointly developed by Kansai Electric Power Company.

6 April, 2022

Standard ground handling agreement signed in Bahrain

Bahrain Airport Services (BAS) has signed a two-year standard ground handling agreement (SGHA) for line maintenance services with Kalitta Air – a provider of air cargo transportation express delivery provider offering both scheduled and chartered transportation services worldwide. Through this contract, BAS, which is a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) accredited aircraft maintenance provider will provide scheduled technical certification services for all Kalitta Air flights departing from Bahrain International Airport (BIA) during the contract period.

31 March, 2022

Deal signed to set up major tech park in Bahrain

STC Bahrain, an operating company part of STC Group, a world-class digital enabler announced a strategic partnership with the Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications for the launch a first-of-its-kind technology park in the region. The company will be leasing 55,000 sq m of land from the government in Al Qurain area for the project that will host ground-breaking technologies. The project comes in line with stc Group strategic objectives to build a Mena digital hub and invest in breakthrough technologies as a global telecommunications and ICT player, said the statement from stc Bahrain. STC Bahrain has been instrumental in driving transformation within Bahrain – a population that is tech-savvy with an advanced digital infrastructure. In addition to diversifying the economy, the project will focus on uplifting local talent within the tech field. Furthermore, it will offer benefits to local citizens through the localised storage of data that will be closer to end users. The project, to be implemented in phases, will see the stc Bahrain setting funds for the landmark project in the next phase in addition to picking up its strategic partners for the project. The new state-of-the art technology park was a major initiative by the kingdom aimed at achieving the objectives of the Fifth National Telecommunications Plan and also the recently launched ICT and Digital Economy Strategy. This will further help boost the kingdom's ICT sector in line with various initiatives put forth to achieve the comprehensive development goals, led by HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and in establishing a world-class digital infrastructure. The project will also be one of the first initiatives in energy efficiency, driving local innovation towards the use of renewable energy. On completion, it will boost Bahrain’s position as an economic and Info-comm hub. The new technology park will push new boundaries in the digital field and contribute to Bahrain’s digital economy in line with Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030.

28 March, 2022

Work completed on wastewater plant upgrade project in Bahrain

Bluewater Bio, one of the fastest-growing water solutions providers in the UK and Europe, has completed its landmark upgrade for a major wastewater treatment plant in Bahrain. The $36.5 million project, involving over 500,000 man-hours of work, was completed without a single lost-time incident. The scheme was backed by UK Export Finance (UKEF). This project marks the company’s second large contract executed at Tubli - which is the biggest wastewater treatment plant in the country - serving a population equivalent of 1.2 million. Bluewater Bio was responsible for all aspects of engineering, acting as EPC contractor and technology supplier. A further 220 MLD of clean water is now available for reuse whilst protecting the local environment. The implementation of HYBACS has not only helped with their water strategy, but has done so without using any additional land, a key consideration in Bahrain.

21 March, 2022

Contractor appointed for a health centre expansion in Bahrain

Expansion works of the Bilad Al-Qadeem Health Centre will start soon. The Ministry of Works is rushing through procedures to start the project’s implementation phase, which will cost the exchequer BD 1,005,293. The ministry had redesigned the project to include all requirements and would supervise its implementation. Works include partial renovation of the medical and administrative section and consultation area. Adding a two-storey building from the backside of the centre. The ground floor consists of parking spaces, a radiology room and rooms for doctors and nursing. The tender board had awarded the project to AlMoayyed Contracting Company. The budget is shared between Al-Moayyed Business Corporation and the Ministry of Finance and National Economy.

17 March, 2022

Bids invite for construction of 336 Housing units in Bahrain

Ministry of Housing, Bahrain invites the bids for construction of Residential Housing and Apartment units in Madinat Khalifa Phase 2A. As part of the project, 336 Residential Housing Units and 36 Apartment Units will be constructed. The project is funded through the UAE Grant under the GCC Development Program to the Kingdom of Bahrain. As per the notifications, interested bidders can participate the tender by purchasing of tender documents against fee of BHD 100. Suitably eligible and qualified contractors are invited to participate in the Tender Package. Preference shall be given to contractors registered in the U.A.E and experienced in both housing and apartment building works tendered under the U.A.E Grant. Contractors registered in Bahrain should be categorized as Grade A with the Ministry of Housing and or Grade AA in Building Construction Projects with the Ministry of Works, Kingdom of Bahrain. Bidders needs to include BHD 55,000 as bid security valid for 180 days along with their proposals. At present, bid submission date is 25 May 2022.

14 March, 2022

Demolitions started to build new modern apartment buildings in Bahrain

The Ministry of Housing confirmed that its plans to demolish and replace old apartments with new residential buildings are progressing as scheduled. The project covers buildings older than 45 years and unfit for living, with higher maintenance costs. The idea of the project is to develop 6,750 apartments complete with all modern facilities and services by replacing the old apartment building in various governorates of the Kingdom. Demolitions works have also started. So far, the ministry has identified 250 buildings having 1884 apartments in various governorates of Bahrain. They will be demolished and rebuilt following modern, sustainable and green energy standards.
The new projects will have open and green spaces, outdoor areas, gardens and other spaces. The ground floor will have shops, services, parking and green areas, mezzanine parking floors, while the first floor will have play areas for practicing hobbies. On the new apartments in Isa Town, they would be facing the Bahrain Metro Project. The ministry is demolishing 103 apartments here. The new buildings will have a built-up area of 253,973.00 square meters and 720 apartments in a land area of 64,682.80 square metres. This would enhance the architectural and aesthetic beauty of the Kingdom while also ensuring optimum usage of land area and raising population density in a well-suited manner, they would build no more than 100 apartments per hectare. Modern architectural designs and distinctiveness of locations selected allow the completion of the project with accelerated pace.

28 February, 2022

Work completed on a key sewage project in Bahrain

Diyar Al Muharraq, one of the largest real estate development companies in Bahrain, has announced the commencement of works on the second phase of its Deep Gravity Foul Sewer Network. This phase of works comes as an extension to construction completed in the initial phase, and aims to deliver sewage services to the Mozoon residential project, the Retail and Marina Promenade in Al Naseem, the Townhouses project, in addition to future planned projects. The infrastructure set to be laid out in this phase will also contribute as preliminary infrastructure, necessary for future development and expansion plans in the Northern islands of Diyar Al Muharraq. P2m berlin has been appointed by Diyar Al Muharraq as the consultant for this phase of works on the Deep Gravity Sewer Network, with construction contract being awarded to Al Hassanein Company, as designated contractor. Work already begun on the second phase in March and is scheduled to be fully completed by the third quarter. Its sewage network is designed to connect wastewater directly to ground storage tanks near the entrance of the city, allowing it to be pumped into the treatment plant connected to the local sewage system. The system constructed is therefore autonomous, eliminating the need for transportation by tankers. Diyar Al Muharraq is one of the largest integrated cities in the kingdom, offering a variety of housing solutions and a luxurious modern lifestyle while persevering the core family values in Bahraini society. It boasts a unique, balanced mix of residential, commercial, recreational, and healthcare facilities, creating a fully integrated and futuristic model city.

21 February, 2022

Foundation stone laid for American Trade Zone in Bahrain

Bahrain’s Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism (MoICT) has declared the laying of the foundation stone for the American Trade Zone (USTZ), located in Salman Industrial City. The American Trade Zone is part of the investment and strategic projects package declared in the Industry Sector Strategy (2022-2026), which comes within the economic recovery plan, with an area of approximately 110,000 square meters, which amounts to 1.11 million square meters with future expansion.In 2021, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed for setting up the trade zone which will help to boost the economic commercial and industrial cooperation and support bilateral trade exchanges.

7 February, 2022

Masterplan approved for a mixed-use mega project in Bahrain

Bahrain Real Estate Investment Company (Edamah), the real estate arm of Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company (Mumtalakat), announced that the general masterplan for the 1.3 million square meter mixed-use mega project Bilaj Al Jazayer Development has been approved by Bahrain’s Higher Urban Planning Committee. The mixed-use coastal city will incorporate green and clean technologies to purify the air and reduce temperatures, as well as shaded walkways near key facilities to encourage walking and minimize the use of cars. The buildings will also be designed in a way that reduces heat exposure, thereby reducing electricity required for air conditioning. The supporting infrastructure will include water recycling facilities as well as facilities for generating electricity from solar energy, which enhances the Kingdom of Bahrain's global position in protecting the environment and supporting sustainable development.
Located on the Southwest coast of Bahrain, Bilaj Al Jazayer is set to transform Bahrain’s tourism landscape. Along with investors and strategic partners, the masterplan entails the construction of a string of hotels, entertainment and leisure facilities, restaurants, and retail and residential components. The project also includes a 3km beach, which is the cornerstone of the masterplan. Bilaj Al Jazayer’s beach area was recently reopened to the public in November 2021 as part of the project’s BD 5 million first phase, which covered coastal reclamation, parking spaces, service facilities, and a 1.2km walkway. Two important facilities have already been announced: opening by 2024, the Avani and Tivoli hotels will be the first hospitality projects at Bilaj Al Jazayer.

26 January, 2022

MoU signed for feasibility study on carbon capture in Bahrain

Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba), the world’s largest Aluminium smelter ex-China, has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries EMEA Ltd. (MHI EMEA), part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group to collaborate on opportunities to reduce Alba’s carbon footprint. The MoU first-of-its-kind with an aluminium producer – will lay the foundations to conduct a feasibility study on utilising the technology to capture CO2 from flue gas, developed by MHI Group in collaboration with Kansai Electric Power Co., to reduce Alba’s plant emissions for decarbonization.

19 January, 2022

Three playgrounds opened in Bahrain

The National Bank of Bahrain (NBB) recently took part in the establishment and inauguration of three playgrounds, located in Abu Ghazal Garden, Ain Qassari Park and Busaiteen Park, as part of Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa’s initiative of establishing Al Furjan Playgrounds. The Bank continues to support the initiatives of Shaikh Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Representative of His Majesty The King for Humanitarian Work And Youth Affairs. This initiative aligns with and reaffirms the Bank’s ongoing efforts and responsibility towards the Bahraini community, as it provides a safe space for young generations and supports the Youth and Sports sector.

17 January, 2022

Agreement signed to set up telecom towers in Bahrain

Diyar Al Muharraq, a leading real estate development company in Bahrain, has signed an agreement with Zain Bahrain, a key telecom services operator in the country, for installation of two telecommunication towers within its integrated city in the kingdom. This comes in line with Diyar Al Muharraq's commitment to strengthen cooperation with local telecommunication companies and the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) in order to extend the range of signal coverage to all areas across the city. The first telecommunications tower will be constructed and operated within Deerat Al Oyoun, and an additional tower will be installed to serve Al Naseem and the ERA project, providing better mobile network and internet services for residents and visitors alike. Both towers will contribute to achieving Diyar Al Muharraq's goal of installing 13 towers as per its current agenda for the City's communications network. Following implementation of the TRA’s plan to rectify the conditions of the existing telecom towers and reduce the number of towers, the new structures will be shared by all telecommunication companies operating in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The two parties discussed collaboration prospects to improve quality of life, operational efficiency and services throughout the Masterplan; as per the smart cities' standards and requirements. The new telecommunication towers will enable wider coverage for mobile and internet networks throughout the City and neighboring areas. Diyar Al Muharraq is one of the largest integrated cities in the kingdom, which works to preserve the Bahraini family values while offering a variety of housing solutions and a luxurious modern lifestyle. The project offers a unique, balanced mix of residential, commercial, recreational, and healthcare facilities, creating a fully integrated and futuristic model city.

3 January, 2022

Hawar substation work completed in Bahrain

Delmon Precast, one of the the leading precast suppliers in Bahrain, has announced that it has supplied 150 linear metres of precast for the Hawar Island 66 kV Loop Substation Boundary Wall project. The contract was awarded by the Electricity & Water Authority (EWA) to Al Fanar Construction, while ESB International are the main consultant for the project. According to Delmon, the precast columns and footings were shipped to Bahrain's Hawar Island for erection of the 66 kV substation boundary wall following a mock-up inspection at its production facility. The project is being implemented in close co-ordination with the main subcontractor, Al Kooheji Electrical Contractors, and with the installation work is in full swing, it will be completed by year-end.

3 January, 2022

Multiple tenders launched for various infrastructure development projects in Bahrain

Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning has launched multiple tenders for various infrastructure development projects in Bahrain. One of the recent tenders aims at revising the existing sewage system connecting Muharraq to Manama Island. The move, Works Affairs tender says, aims at optimising the use of available current and future treatment capacities. Works include preparing ‘three design packages’ and identifying sewer lines for optimising excess treatment capacity The tender description says the ministry wants to divert the flow from Muharraq to Manama by reviving the old sewer system connecting both islands. The ministry further intends to use the existing TSE line as a rising main to carry any excess flow (beyond the capacity of Sitra STP) to Tubli STP via an NS-TSE line. Plans are also to construct a sewer system to divert the sewage flow from Saar to Madinat Salman. The tender also calls for developing a concept design for connecting sewer lines to optimise the use of existing excess treatment capacity. The ministry is offering the contract for 24 months. Engineering Consultancy firms registered with CRPEP, Kingdom of Bahrain, under Grade A or B are eligible. Bids should reach the board before the 2nd of February 2022, with a BD100 bond and BD100 fees. Separately, the ministry has launched another tender for creating new residential access roads in block 575, Janabiyah. The ministry wants to create a 4,570- meter long road and perform associated works. Make bids before the 6th of February 2022, with a BD5,000 bond and BD100 fees.
The Works Affairs tender to create sewerage in the Budaiya area attracted nine bids ranging from BHD 239,395.091 to BHD 399,435.333. The tender was for creating a sewer connection to 45 properties in Block number 550. A new uPVC sewer main pipeline lines are planned for a total distance of 690m and 310m, respectively, and a lateral pipeline of 150mm diameter for 290m. Bidders include UCO Engineering, Al Kooheji Technical Services, Tylos Excavation Company, and Abdul Hadi AlAfoo. EMCE Construction and Maint is the lowest bidder. But, according to the tender board, the lowest bidder may not necessarily receive the contract, as price shall become the principal concern only after fulfilling technical and other criteria. Meanwhile, A tender for site supervision consultancy services for Zinj Trunk sewer received a single bid of BHD 397,760.000 from p2m middle east. The contract duration is 24 months. A tender for investing and operating a Multi-storey (Car Parks) building in Suq Al Qaisarya at Muharraq attracted a single bid. BHD 90,000.000 offer by BHD Smart Car Parking is the sole bid received for the tender by the Municipality Affairs. The tender was for investing in two plots having an area of 845 square meters for 25 years. The tender should develop and operate the property at won expense

29 December, 2021

$29m infrastructure tenders awarded in Bahrain

Nineteen tenders worth BD 11,059,127.428 were awarded in November 2021 for projects outlined by the Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Ministry. Seven road projects were awarded to lowest bidders for BD8,757,949. These include mainly the Buhair infrastructure project (phase 1) and the development of the road network in the industrial zone located to south of Alba, Block 951 (phase 1).
The Tender Board has also awarded eight projects worth BD1,780,515 to construct a string of sewerage networks in Block 557 in Budaiya and other areas, in addition to the maintenance of eight substations for three years. The Tender Board also awarded two tenders worth BD465,000 in the construction sector, including the rain insulation projects with a 10-year guarantee (2021-2023). 88 purchase (procurement) orders worth BD364,948 were also issued for the ministry last month.

28 December, 2021

Seven urgent infrastructure projects planned in Bahrain

Ministery of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning has announced a plan to implement seven urgent projects for roads and bridges in the Kingdom of Bahrain. They will be financed through the Gulf support provided to the Kingdom. These projects are the Busaiteen Bridge Project, the third phase of the project to develop the street leading to Bahrain International Airport, which is represented in the development of Al Saqr Intersection; the Sports City Outlets Development Project; the expansion of Khaleej Street to four lanes in each direction with the development of intersections on it; in addition to the Janabiya Street Expansion Project; and the Budaiya Street Expansion Project.

13 December, 2021

Construction commenced on main sewage water carrier in Bahrain

Work has started to construct the main sewage water carrier in Hidd Industrial Area. The project includes the construction of a main sewage conveyor line with a total length of 3.3 kilometres, of which 1.1 km will be implemented using the Open Cut method. The remaining 2.3 kms will be excavation using Micro Tunneling machines, and three pumping stations will be re-established. The project will contribute to reducing the cost of operation and maintenance of the old pumping stations. It will also raise the capacity of the sewage network, from 2,300 cubic metres per day to approximately 24,000 cubic metres per day, to serve the current and future industrial facilities in the region.
The final wastewater will be carried out at the Muharraq treatment plant to make the most of its capacity. The project falls within the national strategic plan set by the ministry for the wastewater sector as a basis for planning, developing and expanding networks and treatment systems in Bahrain with the rapid urban development, with the aim of achieving sustainable development for this sector and providing the best services to all regions.

25 November, 2021

$30bn infrastructure projects plan unveiled in Bahrain

Bahrain has unveiled its new strategic projects plan which will see over 20 new projects coming up across the kingdom at an investment of more than $30 billion. The new multi-year projects represent one of Bahrain’s most significant ever injections of capital investment and will drive the Economic Recovery Plan, designed to enhance the long-term competitiveness of Bahrain’s economy, and stimulate post pandemic growth. Bahrain is emerging from the pandemic with a bold ambition that looks beyond economic recovery to a more prosperous future. This transformative investment will raise education and lifestyle opportunities for young people and provide quality healthcare, homes, and career paths for them as the progress into adulthood. New and existing industries will be stimulated and private sector growth in the tourism and entertainment sectors will be driven forward by infrastructure and telecommunications investment, with connectivity both within the Kingdom and overseas elevated for the efficient movement of goods, services, and people. The Strategic Projects Plan is an investment not only in Bahrain’s physical infrastructure but in the future prosperity of the Kingdom’s people. Comprising 22 signature projects across key sectors - including telecoms, tourism, education, manufacturing, and health - the plan will also contribute towards the realisation of Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030. New projects include the creation of five cities situated on newly constructed islands, increasing Bahrain’s total land area by more than 60%. The largest of those planned, will span 183 sq km providing a residential, logistics, and tourism hub that will house a new airport.
The new 25km, four lane King Hamad Causeway will facilitate cross border trade and travel with Saudi Arabia and the wider GCC, and strengthen political, strategic, economic, and cultural ties. Within Bahrain, a new metro system will offer travel choice, reduce congestion, and contribute to the Kingdom’s plans to achieve net zero. The metro network of over 109 kms, will connect all major population hubs in the country. The 20-station first phase of the metro will run from Bahrain International Airport to the residential and commercial area of Seef, linking both to Manama and the Diplomatic Area. Transport connectivity will be complemented by technology investment in land and sea fiber optics, connecting all regions of the kingdom and enhancing competitiveness. Next generation cloud-computing services will be supported by significant investment in several new data centre projects. The building of Sports City, a complex that will house the largest sports stadium in Bahrain and a multi-purpose indoor sports arena making the kingdom a centre for events, leisure, and sport. The new projects announced under the Strategic Projects Plan will build upon the kingdom’s 2015 infrastructure plan that delivered the new Bahrain International Airport terminal, the Line 6 expansion project of Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), the world's largest aluminium smelter ex-China, and the 50,000-bpd (barrel per day) AB-4 Pipeline between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia replacing the 230,000-bpd.

24 November, 2021

Deal signed for electricity projects in Bahrain

Bahrain's Ministry of Finance and National Economy has signed an agreement with Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD) for its key power-related projects. As per the deal, AFESD will provide soft funding for projects such as a setting up of a control center for monitoring the electricity and water networks at an investment of KD10 million ($33 million). The project aims to meet the growing need for electricity and water generation, transmission and distribution services. The significance of supporting the infrastructure projects given their role in promoting the sustainable economic growth. The role of the Arab Fund in supporting development projects in the Arab countries.

21 November, 2021

Contract awarded to digitalize LTE network in Bahrain

Bahrain’s Electricity & Water Authority (EWA) has awarded a contract to Nokia to provide a private LTE network to digitalise the country’s distribution network. For the first phase, Nokia will install the private LTE network for the Al-Muharraq area in Bahrain. The first phase will involve the connection of 500 secondary substations and six primary substations to the central location. After completion of the first phase, the network will connect thousands of secondary substations and hundreds of primary substations across Bahrain. The private LTE network will help EWA automate its smart grid in the city and will pave the way for easier adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) use in the future. The equipment to be installed under the contract will include: Nokia IP/MPLS wireless router 7705 SAR-Hmc, Nokia Compact Mobility Unit (CMU), Nokia Network Services Platform (NSP) and Nokia LTE radio equipment will be used to build advanced private LTE networks. The solution will be based on 3GPP standardization on 410 MHz Band B87 which is specifically for industrial use for private LTE connectivity. 
Overview of the solution to be used for the deployment:
Nokia IP/MPLS wireless router 7705 SAR-Hmc enables application-centric, reliable and efficient smart grid communications
Nokia Compact Mobility Unit (CMU) performs the mobile packet core functions that are required for mobile broadband, IoT and Machine-type Communication (MTC)
Nokia Network Services Platform (NSP) will enable automation of IP and optical networks to simplify network operations
Nokia LTE radio equipment will help in effective capacity management while offering diverse deployment options.

14 November, 2021

Bids invited for 5 MW solar panel project in Bahrain

Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), the world's largest aluminium smelter ex-China, has invited bids from specialists in solar panels for the development of a solar farm project in Bahrain with more than 5 MW capacity. The scope of work includes survey, design, engineering, supply of solar panels in addition to civil and structural work, erection, testing and commisioning and also the tie-in to the Alba grid. The requirement is for a minimum of 350 W photovoltaic panels covering a surface area of approximalty 37,000 sq m spread over operations areas, car parks and the Alba club. The solar farm project comes as part of its environment, socail and governance.

11 November, 2021

STATCOMs contract awarded in Bahrain

Hitachi Energy announced that it has won a major order from Electricity and Water Authority (EWA), Bahrain’s national electric and water utility, to provide a power quality solution to improve voltage stability and increase capacity in the national high-voltage transmission grid. A more resilient and stable grid transmitting more high-quality power will help Bahrain meet the growing demand for electricity and integrate large-scale renewables to reach its 10 percent clean energy target by 2035. Bahrain is entering an exciting phase as it evolves its economy into new sectors and prepares to integrate large-scale renewables into its power mix. The solution comprises three SVC Light STATCOMs (static synchronous compensators), which will be installed close to load centers to improve grid stability and increase power flows throughout the entire grid. Hitachi Energy’s innovative SVC Light technology provides instantaneous reactive power in response to voltage fluctuations. It is part of a suite of grid and power quality technologies developed by Hitachi Energy to boost transmission capacity and increase the quality and resilience of AC power systems. STATCOMs are typically used to bolster weak grids, integrate intermittent power supply from large wind and solar energy plants, and stabilize the effects of load fluctuations caused by large energy-using industries like aluminum and petrochemicals, both of which account for almost two-thirds of Bahrain’s energy use. STATCOM technologies, such as SVC Light from Hitachi Energy, have a 40 percent lower carbon footprint over their life cycle compared to traditional solutions.

9 November, 2021

Lowest bid submitted for oil and gas services in Bahrain

Tatweer Petroleum W.L.L received the bidders proposals for the Oil and Gas Services to be conducted in its fileds, Bahrain. Three bidders has submitted the proposals. Global firm, Halliburton has submitted the lowest bid. Halliburton submitted the price of BHD 14.1 million (USD 37.5 million). Earlier, Tatweer Petroleum invites the specialized companies to submit their proposals for the tender ‘Rotating Control Device (RCD) and Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD) Services’. The contract duration will be for five (5) years.

11 October, 2021

Newly constructed wharf unveiled in Bahrain

SULB, a major steel producer serving international markets, has announced the opening of the newly-constructed wharf. The new private port facility, located at Salman Industrial City in Hidd, will significantly enhance the company’s supply chain and deliver strong environmental and economic benefits for Bahrain and its customers. Developed at a cost of $20 million, the facility is 230 m long and can accommodate ships up to 180 m LOA, 40,000 DWT.  Now in operation, it will allow for a strong reduction in SULB’s usage and dependance on Bahrain’s public roads and port network. A major player in the region, SULB is 51% owned by Foulath Holding, the Bahrain-based investment vehicle for the metals industry across the Middle East region. Shipping directly by sea to customers, nearly one million tonne of SULB’s product will be taken off Bahrain’s roads each year. This is equivalent to 40,000 trailers annually, which will not only significantly reduce traffic in the Kingdom and wear and tear on roads, but is also expected to result in a substantial reduction in its post-production greenhouse-gas emissions nearing 18,000 tonne per year.

11 October, 2021

Dredging work to start at Bahrain steel site

Leading Dutch dredging group Boskalis Westminster Contracting is set to start dredging and reclamation work for a key project of Bahrain Steel Company. The material dredged from the project site, located on the southeast of Bahrain Steel's plant, will be taken by trailing suction hopper dredgers, assisted by various auxillary equipment and pumped through floating and submerged pipelines onto the reclamation sites. A major player in the region, Boskalis Westminster is a leading global maritime services company operating in the dredging and inland infra, and offshore energy sectors. As part of the Bahrain Steel expansion project, Boskalis Westminster will also be transporting a 400-m steel pipeline from Busaiteen to the project site. The work has already begun on this and the transportation will be fully completed on 15 October 2021. The operation will be carried out by two tug boats and two fast escort vessels. On the Bahrain Steel work site, an additional crane barge will be involved in operations.

7 October, 2021

Work completed on main entrance junction in Bahrain

Diyar Al Muharraq, a leading real estate development company in Bahrain, has announced the completion of its project to develop the main entrance junction within its integrated city in the kingdom. The construction work began last December under the supervision of the Eastern Asphalt and Mixed Concrete Company (Eamco). The plan was implemented in five phases over the course of nine months, during which traffic regulations were ensured and operations were executed at an accelerated pace leading to its timely completion. This comes as part of Diyar’s plan to create a road network on par with high global infrastructure standards and to ensure that an upgraded and facilitated level of services is provided to its residents and visitors. The project involved the removal of the temporary entrance roundabout and replacing it with traffic lights, in line with a comprehensive traffic study conducted at Diyar Al Muharraq, to create greater connectivity and improve traffic flow, particularly with the network leading to the city’s most prominent destinations. This comes as part of Diyar’s vision of being an integrated and sustainable city model with high quality facilities for a modern lifestyle. Through the development of the main entrance junction, Diyar Al Muharraq aims to facilitate the flow of traffic and movement of vehicles entering the city, making it easier for visitors to reach key destinations including Diyar Al Muharraq’s sales office, Marrassi Galleria, Vida Beach Resort, Address Beach Resort, Souq Al Baraha, as well as upcoming projects such as Diyar’s Harbour.

6 October, 2021

Bahrain to invite bids for sea park, maritime complex

Bahrain is likely to soon invite bids from potential investors for the development of a sea park and maritime museum complex which, despite achieving widespread acclaim, has languished on the pile of stalled projects.

29 September, 2021

$28.7M contract signed for grid software solutions in Bahrain

GE Digital announced that the Bahrain Electricity & Water Authority (EWA) had signed a contract worth $28.7M for software and services to modernize the Kingdom of Bahrain’s electricity and water networks. A variety of GE Digital’s industry-leading Grid Software will be installed in a state-of-the-art control center that will digitize operations for increased efficiency and operations redundancy. This remarkable end-to-end software solution spans the breadth of operations from transmission to  distribution across the company’s essential electricity and water services. Its implementation will be integral to the country’s economic vision and strategy for the future.
Grid Software to be utilized in this solution include:
Distribution Management: GE Digital’s industry-leading Advanced Distribution Management Solutions (ADMS) provide for the safe and secure management of the electric grid. The software provides EWA with next-generation control and optimization capabilities that will help them with outage restoration and overall performance of the grid.
Transmission Management: The Advanced Energy Management System (AEMS) provides a better framework for the authority to optimize the energy and electric transmission in a more innovative way with improved efficiency by integrating multiple monitoring, control, and analytics systems into a modular solution.
Grid Resilience: AEMS Wide Area Management (WAMS) can monitor and locate system oscillations in real-time reducing the risk of unnecessary power disruptions and accelerate system restoration in case of an outage.
Water Transmission and Water Distribution Management: The GE Digital team will be integrating EWA’s existing geospatial asset management system with the distribution network to model and manage the water operation.

23 September, 2021

Renderplas provides durable solution for The Walk in Bahrain

UK-based Renderplas announced it has provided a durable solution to maintain the aesthetics of The Walk, a commercial and leisure hub in Bahrain, with the supply of its PVC beads, which protect the mall's facade from the region’s harsh climate. A first-of-its-kind project, The Walk by Sevens Holding is an ideal outdoor destination providing an urban lifestyle experience with its unique mix of innovative retail, food and beverage concepts. The Walk is an open-air mall with high-end shops, an art gallery, cafés and restaurants offering a variety of top international and local brands. Strategically developed in the heart of Riffa, the development features a low-rise setting with a bustling public promenade for visitors to meet and mingle. According to Renderplas, a total of 12,000 linear metres of its 6-mm stop beads were installed to edges of the building’s external render panels. Designed to be seen, the bead edges enhance the overall aesthetics of the dramatic segments which make up the striking structure. Additionally, 2,500 linear metres of 4-mm corner beads from the Renderplas range were used to provide protection and create a sharp finish to external corners.
The PVC stop and corner beads from the Renderplas range provided an aesthetic and practical solution for the new-build project, creating crisp, durable edges to the large external render panels which give The Walk its distinctive geometric form. By using brilliant white PVC beading, rather than a metal alternative, the desired finish was achieved with no need for painting. Non-corrosive and UV resistant, Renderplas PVC beads will withstand the intense heat and humidity of Bahrain’s summer months, ensuring that the project stays looking fresh and new for longer with minimal maintenance. They offer a simple, one-man solution for creating straight, durable joints, corners and edges on all external and internal rendering. The PVC material is scratch resistant and will not discolour over time, so any exposed joints and edges will continue to complement the colour of an external facade indefinitely.

19 September, 2021

New landfill site coming up in Bahrain

Plans are on the anvil to design, build, and operate a new landfill at Askar for disposing of waste. Municipalities Affairs at the Works Ministry proposes to build a new landfill at a quarry site in Askar. The tender, however, is silent about the exact location of the quarry or its name. It seeks proposals from suitably experienced and qualified companies alone or in a joint venture with others to design, build and operate the facility. The tender, however, states that the ministry will not provide any technical drawings or specifications for designing the landfill. This will be left to the bidder to design and construct based on their experience and the existing conditions at the proposed quarry site. Besides, a successful bidder should perform the permeability tests at the base of the quarry and determine the type and quality of liner for the quarry. The tender calls for conducting site investigation, site preparation, the lining of the site, installation of gas and leachate collection system, operation and maintenance of the site and final restoration.

15 September, 2021

Solar Park project on track for October 2021 completion in Bahrain

Bahrain's leading telecom services operator Batelco has announced that work is moving at a steady pace on its solar park development being set up at Ras Abu Jarjoor next to the company’s Satellite Earth Station and RJR Data Center. Construction on the Solar Park, which began in February 2021, is on target to be completed next month. Once complete, the solar energy generated from the park will be used to power Batelco’s RJR Data Center. The solar park forms an important part of Batelco’s sustainability efforts and supports the company’s goal of becoming an eco-friendly corporation by producing clean energy to power its operations.

12 September, 2021

Consultancy bids received for metro expansion in Bahrain

Seven companies are competing to take up the feasibility study for extending the Bahrain Metro corridor. AECOM Middle East Limited Foreign Branches Company, IDOM Consulting Engineering Architecture SAU Foreign Branch Co., Rina Consulting SPA - Abu Dhabi, Consolidated Engineering Company Khatib & Alami Foreign Branch Company, SENER Ingenieria y Sistemas SA, IDOM Consulting Engineering Architecture SAU Foreign Branch Co. and Dar Al Handash consultants had made their bids. The bids range between BHD 165,528.000 and BHD 598,500.000. Rina Consulting emerged as the lowest bidder. However, according to the tender board, the lowest bidder may not necessarily win the contract Winning the contract depends on fulfilling technical and other requirements, following which price shall become the principal criterion. The tender was for determining the feasibility of extending the Bahrain Metro Corridor from King Hamad Railway Station at Al Ramli to the new Sports City and the International Exhibition Centre at Sakir.
The scope of work includes evaluation of alternative corridors, demand study and station allocation, concept and preliminary design of corridor and cost estimate of the project. According to MTT, Bahrain needs a 109km long metro network, which needs execution in phases. Upon completion, Bahrain metro project is expecting a cost between US$1 and US$2 billion. MTT has selected a team for the early stages of the project, including KPMG as the lead and financial advisor, Egis, France as a technical advisor, and DLA Piper as a legal advisor. The Ministry of Transport and Telecommunication held a virtual market sounding forum titled Bahrain Metro Market Consultation, showcasing the project to regional and international investors.

6 September, 2021

Infrastructure network linking works started in Bahrain

Bahrain-based real estate developer Diyar Al Muharraq announced the commencement of the next phase of the primary infrastructure works, which includes linking the main infrastructure network to Al Naseem, Mozoon and Era Homes projects within its Diyar Al Muharraq master development. The developer announced Al Ahlia Contracting Company has been appointed to complete the infrastructure work , which commenced in mid-August 2021. The duration of the works is six months and include extending the electricity, water, telecommunications, sewage, rainwater and irrigation networks, roads, paving and road lighting works.

2 September, 2021

New eco-tourism beach resort announced in Bahrain

A new eco-tourism-themed beach resort offering overwater villas and having its own helipad is set to open on Hawar Island in 2024. Edamah the real-estate arm of Bahrain’s sovereign wealth fund Mumtalakat, has announced Mantis Bahrain Hawar Island Hotel & Resort will be situated on the west coast of the island and be surrounded by a wildlife sanctuary, making it a one-of-a-kind destination in the Middle East.

1 September, 2021

Secondary infrastructure works begin at Diyar Al Muharraq project

Diyar Al Muharraq, the largest real estate development company in the Kingdom of Bahrain, recently announced that secondary infrastructure works within their latest freehold residential plots project, Mozoon, will commence towards the end of August 2021. This follows the completion of the primary infrastructure works for the residential project, which was launched to the public in March 2021. Boasting a prime location on the main canal of Diyar Al Muharraq and carefully designed to meet a diverse spectrum of individual home builder’s needs, Mozoon provides options of both waterfront plots as well as inner residential plots with sizes starting from 320 sqm. Hafeera Contracting W.L.L has been appointed to complete the secondary infrastructure works throughout the Mozoon project. Scheduled to complete within 12 months, the infrastructure works include paving and lighting works on roads, electrical distribution cables, water and telecommunications networks, sewer and stormwater systems, irrigation networks, and electrical substations. Preparing to commence the secondary infrastructure works within the Mozoon residential project towards the end of this month, while adhering to the highest quality standards. Mozoon is considered one of the most prominent projects, as it consists of luxurious residential plots with exceptional views from the heart of the city, which are available for sale on a freehold basis for all nationalities. Mozoon offers a quiet residential environment with spectacular waterfront views and is perfectly placed in between the luxurious Al Bareh and Al Naseem communities, a stone’s throw away from the Al Naseem retail marina and promenade, which will include a diverse range of retail and restaurant outlets. Mozoon is a freehold investment for all nationalities, bringing accessible plot options to those who want to enjoy an upscale lifestyle, with the benefits of residing in a fully-integrated and modern city. Diyar Al Muharraq is one of the largest integrated cities in the Kingdom, offering a variety of housing solutions and a luxurious modern lifestyle. It offers a unique, balanced mix of residential, commercial, recreational, and healthcare facilities, creating a fully integrated and futuristic model city.

30 August, 2021

New beachfront residential serviced apartments introduced in Bahrain

Eagle Hills Diyar (EHD), a provider of quality lifestyle communities in Bahrain, has announced the latest addition to its Marassi Al Bahrain portfolio – Address Residences, Marassi Vista, a unique concept of serviced apartments. This exclusive development would be the ultimate hassle-free property investment seamlessly managed on behalf of investors, from leasing to furnishing, ensuring the ideal ownership experience. With a built-up area of approximately 33,000 sq m, Address Residences, Marassi Vista comprises 210 units, ranging from studio to 3-bedroom apartments, and designed to meet the expectations of guests for quality residences. Address Residences, Marassi Vista, guarantees fully equipped, high-quality interiors and furnishing complemented with various amenities; including a barista and café lounge available on the ground floor as well as a state-of-the-art gymnasium. The building also features a children’s play area, in addition to a separate adult and children’s swimming pool and a barbeque area.
The beach front project is the most recent addition to the Marassi Al Bahrain community, short walk from Marassi Galleria and directly on a vibrant beach promenade and Marassi Hearts gardens. Address Residences, Marassi Vista adds another layer to Marassi Al Bahrain’s comprehensive project mix, and is a welcome addition to Bahrain’s growing real estate sector, boosting the provision of residential options in the kingdom and posing as a lucrative investment opportunity. New serviced residences are envisioned to offer high end, fully furnished units complete with ample facilities and stunning sea views, all complemented further by access to all the nearby attractions and conveniences that Marassi Al Bahrain has to offer including exceptional waterfront retail and F&B. Address is a premium luxury hotel group that has positioned itself as a perfect choice for business, leisure and group travellers. As the first brand launched by Emaar Hospitality Group with properties situated in some of the most sought-after locations, it brought a fresh identity to the global hospitality and service sector by setting new benchmarks with its gracious and exceptional standards.

30 August, 2021

$160m expansion to double retail space in Bahrain

The Avenues-Bahrain will double its retail footprint over the next two years as nearly $160 million (BD60m) is invested in a major expansion. The management of the waterfront shopping mall announced that phase II of the development will add a leasable area of around 40,000sqm, including 218 stores and restaurants, two entertainment zones, a supermarket, and a basement car park with 1,330 parking spaces. The combined gross leasable area of Phases 1 and II will be approximately 77,500 sqm. The project would expand the public promenade by an additional 600 metres west along the waters of Bahrain Bay, giving the mall a  sea-facing frontage that extends for a total length of approximately 1.3 kilometres. The 192-key Hilton Garden Inn-Bahrain Bay Hotel, which opened in July 2021, is connected directly to The Avenues – Bahrain.

26 August, 2021

Work on track for a housing project in Bahrain

A project to construct 303 housing units at Salman Town is on track, with 45 percent of the scheme already complete. The Ministry of Housing hopes to completed the residential project and deliver the units to eligible to the beneficiaries during the first half of 2022. The new units have been all allocated to applicants who have been on the waiting lists from all governorates, based on the dates of applications. Salman Town is considered the largest and most advanced among the new cities of Bahrain, as it is characterized by the quality of life, many educational, health and commercial facilities, places of worship, service facilities and green spaces, as well as its waterfronts that extend for a distance of 40 kilometers.

15 August, 2021

$240m catalyst management deal signed in Bahrain

Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) has awarded a key resid hydrocracking catalyst management contract to US-based clean fuels group specialist Advanced Refining Technologies (ART). A joint venture between US specialty chemicals group and materials group WR Grace & Company and energy giant Chevron, ART boasts industry-leading catalyst technology for metals capacity and sediment control. The exclusive, five-year agreement, which includes an option to renew for an additional five years, is valued at $240 million, the largest catalyst management agreement ever signed in Bapco's history. As part of the BMP, Bapco will boost Bahrain's oil refinery processing capacity from 267,000 barrels per day to 380,000 (bpd). In addition, ART will supply its Resid Hydrocracking catalyst technology for a wide variety of feedstocks to maximize bottom of the barrel upgrading. It will also provide FCM services for the reclamation of metals from spent catalysts. When fully operational in 2023, the new Resid Hydrocracking unit known as 1RHCU will be the main profit centre for the Bapco Refinery. 1RHCU utilizes LC-Fining process technology licensed from Chevron Lummus Global (CLG), a joint venture between Chevron and Lummus Technology. The unit is a two-train design with a processing capacity of 65,000 barrels per day. Bapco's application of this state-of-the-art technology will be the first within the Middle East. Less than a dozen of these units exist globally, and the Bapco unit will be one of the largest examples.

15 August, 2021

New sports hall & football courts planned in Bahrain

The Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs is planning to construct a new sports hall at Budaiya Club. The sports hall will be inside the plot of Budaiya Club. Budaiya Club is a football club based in Budaiya that competes in the Bahraini Premier League. They play their home games at the Hamad Town Stadium. The tender is for conducting civil, architectural, mechanical, electrical, interior and exterior works of the hall. A successful contractor should complete all related works, including excavation, carpentry, metal works as per drawing and specification provided by the ministry. To participate, make bids before the 8th of September 2021.
The Youth and Sports Ministry also plans two new football courts in line with FIFA standards at Hamad Town. A tender document says the football courts should have a playing area of 68 meters width and 105-meter length. The natural grass court will have a grandstand and service building, says the tender description. If interested, make bids before the 8th of September 2021. The ministry further looking forward to developing sports facilities at various locations to accommodate further players and visitors. The ministry wants to replace waterproofing systems at various locations in compliance with site conditions. The tender board will receive bids until the 8th of September 2021. The Ministry also developing the facilities of Isa Sports City. The ministry is also developing football grounds and the irrigation system of all existing playgrounds. A tender issued calls for constructing a new pump room, rerouting existing pole lights, and fixing interlock pavings, amongst other works. Make bids before the 1st of September 2021.

15 August, 2021

Iconic water garden work nearing completion in Bahrain

More than 95 per cent of the renovation work has been completed on the Water Garden development project spread over a six hectare area in the capital Manama. The work has been fully completed on the service buildings and parking lots. On completion of the development works, Manama’s iconic Water Garden will feature a botanical garden, two lakes, family spaces, children’s play areas, a wooden bridge, a sports area, and a number of green spaces. Works, Municipal Affairs and Urban Planning Minister announced 98% of the landscaping work has been completed. The development project aims to preserve its historical heritage, renovate the park and preserving the ponds. Work has already been completed on 239-unit parking lots. Of this, an entire section will be dedicated to only people of determination. Construction of the service buildings in the park too have been completed. The Water Garden is being redesigned to preserve a number of elements, including keeping and replanting 559 trees in total, of which 383 are palm trees and 176 are of other types.

11 August, 2021

Work in progress for a road development project in Bahrain

Works to develop phase one of the Complex 245 roads in Arad has reached a 22 per cent completion rate. As per the Director of Roads Projects and Maintenance Department at the Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning, the project is proceeding according to the time plan and it is expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2022. The first phase of the road development in Block 245 in Arad includes civil and asphalt works for paving and re-paving roads and lanes, constructing a rainwater drainage network, sidewalks and car parks, as well as providing traffic safety requirements and establishing ground channels. The project is included in the Ministry’s programme to develop infrastructure and improve services provided to citizens and residents. The Ministry pays great attention to the road network in the various governorates of the Kingdom to achieve the objectives of Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030 and meet the needs of citizens and residents for the smooth flow of traffic and traffic safety. The project was awarded by the Tender Board to Al Jahrami Contracting Company at a cost of BD714,999.

9 August, 2021

Upgradation work to start on Riyadat Centre in Bahrain

Bahrain Real Estate Investment Company (Edamah) will start work on upgradation of a complex for the Bahraini Women Development Centre (Riyadat) in co-ordination with Supreme Council for Women and Bahrain Development Bank (BDB). The aim is to revamp the Riyadat Centre to turn it into a comprehensive one for creativity and innovation in the field of entrepreneurship and help raise the level of competitiveness of Bahraini women in economic participation. As per the deal, Edamah will oversee the operational and logistic services as a specialised company in the property management field. Riyadat will be operated as a commercial centre that attracts visitors throughout the day through its services, innovative ideas and co-working spaces. It will serve as a place bringing together aspiring people and those interested in creative thinking and professional work. Its commercial outlets will boost its reputation as a development center with activities that meet the needs of the region and attract the public.

29 July, 2021

Ground broken on an education park project in Bahrain

The Bahrain Real Estate Investment Company (Edamah) and Amanat-Edu-Safe Park WLL have broken ground to mark the start of construction on an Education Park in Isa Town. The first-of-its-kind facility offers a one-stop solution for students and parents which will add value to education beyond school hours. The facility includes a library, sports halls and fields, offered in cooperation with one of the private schools in the area. In response to a shortage of retail and commercial offerings in the vicinity, the project will also include coffee shops, banks, pharmacies, business centres, and services equipped to serve surrounding schools. Parents can also enjoy the Park’s facilities as they wait for their children.
The Education Park incorporates sustainable practices to promote a go green consciousness among students and parents, and features scenic green spaces with jogging tracks, walkways, and outdoor installations, which create an atmosphere conducive to learning and innovation. Phase One of the Educational Park is expected to be completed in April 2022, and Phase Two in September 2022. In addition to these, the Educational Park will feature several commercial units available for rent. The aim is to create an environmentally-friendly space that enhances creativity and supports entrepreneurship.

26 July, 2021

Bahrain seeks bids for key road infrastructure work

Bahrain's Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affars and Urban Planning has invited bids for a tender to carry out the frst phase of infrastructure works at blocks 941 and 943 at Buhair within the Southern Governorate. The scope of work includes a 6-km-long rain drainage network from Buhair to Sanad. The project is mainly aimed at addressing the problem of rainwater in the demarcated area. The road network will also be upgraded and a main line taking rainwater from Buhair to Tubli Bay will be set up.

25 July, 2021

Contract to be awarded soon for road development project in Bahrain

The Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning is set to start the road development project for blocks 915 and 916 in Riffa in the Southern Governorate. The Tender Board has opened the financial bids submitted, and work is currently underway to evaluate them to award the project to the lowest bidder. The project works include the civil and asphalt works necessary to rehabilitate the road network and corridors in the area, which are the construction of sidewalks; the construction of a rainwater drainage network to solve the water gathering problem; the construction of ground channels, protection and transfer of services that conflict with the project works; as well as the installation of regulatory and warning traffic signs necessary to achieve the required safety. The project comes within the Ministry’s plan to develop the infrastructure in the old areas. It will contribute to the development of the area and facilitate the flow of traffic through the movement of residents to and from their homes, in addition to creating a safe environment for users of the area. The project, which is set to start in the last quarter of 2021, will be completed in five months.

18 July, 2021

Bahrain plans to build over 1,300 new flats in Salman City

Bahrain has announced plans to build a total of 1,382 flats on Island 12 of the Salman City as part of a massive residential development project worth BD123 million ($324 million). The project is likely to be completed by the second quarter of 2023. It is also part of the Government Action Plan (GAP) which stipulates the construction of 25,000 flats and meet the needs of applicants who are on the waiting list. The massive Salman City has been designed to cover 740 hectares on the northwestern coast of Bahrain. These flats will be built as part of the general blueprint of the Salman City and is likely to be ready by the second quarter of 2023. The minister stressed the importance of the project in meeting growing demand of flats in the Northern Governorate and other areas. The ministry is focusing on sustainable development and in the Salman City project too it will be using renewable energy and recyclable materials. The project will also boast open areas, cycling lanes and children’s gardens. Most of the flats have been designed to look out on green spaces – parks, gardens and 40km-long beachfront cycling and walking lanes.