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Welcome to Bahrain Bay!

For many of us, we have witnessed a dramatically changing Manama skyline and indeed a coastline to boot as development abounds unstoppable. Bahrain Bay can proudly claim its place within this short history as once rapidly reclaimed empty spaces fill, along with drawing silhouettes and outlines fast becoming a striking reality. Bahrain Bay has come of age with more and more visual evolution evident as a steadily increasing stream of traffic now has somewhere rather spectacular to go.

With on-going building at a steady pace and landmark structures already successfully established, it is perhaps a good time to boast a little and bring information up-to-date with Bahrain Bay’s new website. After all, it will not be so long now before the vast expanse of the BD 45 million ‘Avenues’ shopping complex opens its doors, bringing footfall to an all-time high along the 1.5 kilometer seafront perimeter of the Bay. The temptation to visit will be irresistible.

Bahrain Bay will remain forever a unique land and seascape in its own space, thus seemingly ageless, never to be obliterated by urban development. Its prestige is immediately eye catching and practical with its ultra-modern road network soaring across crystal waters.

Un -missable is Bahrain Bay’s first iconic structure, the towering Four Seasons Hotel, which opened in 2015 to well-deserved fanfare, firmly stamping its attributes in the list of striking buildings rapidly emerging in this ever expanding nation. As you read my latest update , the second equally iconic, high-rise structure will have opened its doors. The ‘United Tower’, is remarkable by shape alone as it spirals in a twist 50 floors skyward, glistening in the never ending sun. The United Tower, houses the 260 room Wyndham Grand ; it’s first in Bahrain and part of the largest hotel group in the world. As a mixed use building, both office and residential units are also available.

As the days turn into short months, more and more tenants will be making their way to Bahrain Bay. Already Al Barak Banking Group have settled in and again, another striking symmetric building with a unique exterior which befits the now trendy banking moniker seen in financial centres around the world. The Al Baraka building also claims its uniqueness as it stands in its own ambience and one clearly recognizes it from any distance.

Bahrain Bay certainly qualifies as a future proof investment opportunity having been well endorsed by a number of local, regional and international investors who quickly came forward, wholly supporting the vision. We’ve witnessed major commitments from discerning bodies in each of the Gulf countries too who clearly see the opportunity, thus highlighting the testament to changing financial parameters.

More recently, Bahrain Bay was selected to exhibit its full potential and indeed solid progress so far, at the ‘ Cityscape Global ‘ held in Dubai. Bahrain’s Economic Development Board (EDB) presented a pavilion at the show with Bahrain Bay one of the four developments chosen to participate on the stand. Proud and flattered by the immense attention received, Bahrain Bay will nurture and definitely be aiming high for in the very near future.

Having sprung from coastal waters, to what it is today, it’s time to showcase achievements and in doing so, Bahrain Bay will hold its grand opening event which has been scheduled for October this year. Aptly called ‘Bahrain Sea Festival’, the celebration will highlight the Island’s rich local traditions associated with the sea. The Bahrain Sea Festival will cleverly blend the thoroughly modern aspects of the bay while at the same time highlighting a proud heritage theme. Then, as the year nears its end, the Nation will celebrate its National Day on December 16th and Bahrain Bay is ready, for it will join those festivities, hosting the dazzling firework display which has also become an annual tradition which grows more spectacular each year. Held under the patronage of the Capital Governor, H.E. Shaikh Hisham Bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa, there’s no better way to spotlight this magnificent development.

 

The Vision

From its outset, Bahrain Bay’s vision has been to create a unique 21st century ultra-modern, advanced metropolis, designed to be a centre of excellence and practicality. A series of islands housing stunning structures, interlinked by modern highways giving the impression of a vast expanse of tamed blue waters. This has happened! The development is to be prestigious, adding luxury with compatibility, it is to be easily accessible and incorporate sustainability and above all create opportunity and something that future generations; one and all will utilize and benefit from.

Bahrain Bay, when complete was always seen as a ‘desired destination’, a living complex which remains alive, surprising and stimulating, rather than just another compound of office and residential blocks feeding business. Bahrain Bay is forecast to be ‘artistic’ and encouraging and indeed fashionable. Thoughtful, intelligent planning was to incorporate an actual lifestyle which the community could nurture.

For this to come to fruition, multi-purpose, multi-facility features were built in with ample flexibility for future advancements as required. The vision also included a development that stood imposingly distinct yet blended perfectly with distance from the surrounding city.

The vision was a vision in itself which makes Bahrain Bay something you cannot miss physically and it is hoped for the future that it will become a desire within us all, to experience what has been envisaged.

Sustainability

From purely a visual perspective, it can been seen that Bahrain Bay has been designed for sustainability; but sustainability comes in many forms. The 21st century’s colossal need for IT infrastructure is but one and this includes the immense need for multi-communication platforms. As technology brings new social and business needs, things can get quite messy as more and more is added around us. For years to come, if not happily for the lifetime of the development, Bahrain Bay is well advanced with all necessary conduits and transmission paths capable of anything envisaged for the next few generations at least – and it is all invisible to the onlooker, as it pipes its way in underground channels to each and every tenant.

An immediate sense of space surrounds well positioned infrastructure which dominates one’s perception as viewed looking into the development. This will never change, yet Bahrain Bay will bustle and expand to its full capacity. Local authorities have fulfilled all necessary access well ahead of time and with what might be described as discerning redundancy. Of course, as years progress, changes will no doubt be made, not only with already planned completion, but other desired necessities as they appear. From this, it is clear that Bahrain Bay has almost all eventualities well covered without a hint of clutter.

Bahrain being a very power hungry nation with its scorching summers, uses billions of megawatts keeping the nation cool. The noise print from the surrounding city’s air conditioners alone is daunting enough, yet Bahrain Bay is as peaceful as a summer garden. Today, as more and more residents move in, each will experience instant comfort throughout the year as ‘District Cooling’ pumps chilled water to every structure or structures to be, within the bay. Again, it is invisible to the onlooker as it all lies deep in the foundations. Like the demand for electricity, District Cooling is generated and powered by Bahrain Bay’s own well positioned sub stations which have ample capacity for the foreseeable future.

With the buzz words being ‘environmentally friendly’ and ‘sustainability’ Bahrain Bay’s concept was developed at a time when serious considerations had to be made. Bahrain Bay’s environment depends on sustainability and the oxygen producing ample greenery is nourished by clean recycled water. Every conscious effort is made to recycle and this notion is instilled within the network.

Industry and jobs also beg for sustainability and Bahrain Bay’s contribution to both is top priority, adding great value to the community, not only supplying a futuristic first class venue for business today but creating on-going opportunity.

Quick Facts

Date Started Vision and planning process commenced in 2005
Masterplan finalised June 2006
Physical start on site July 2006
Target Date Completion Phased completion from 2012
Investors Arcapita
Bahraini consortium of investors
Type of development Master planned waterfront development designed around vibrant neighborhoods of residential, commercial, and retail spaces, all based upon the unique concept of an island connected by two bridges forming an inner harbour
Anchor Developments Arcapita Headquarters
Four Seasons Hotel
Main Consultants / Contractors Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM)
Atkins International.
Dalkia
MACE
HAJ
Boskalis Westminster
AMA
Total number of buildings 40
Total gross floor area 1.450 million sq m
Total land area 450,000sq m
Bahrain Bay sales centre 00973 17505555