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Work on BD24mn public park to begin next year
Bahrain will begin work on BD24mn state-of-the-art public park early next year, a top government official has revealed.
The project will take three years for completion, and will include the overhaul of the Grand Muharraq Garden, located in proximity to Bahrain International Airport.
This will include Bahrainís first full-size ice arena, costing BD4mn, an aquamarine centre, an aquarium, a major karting track and spectacular amusement rides.
The garden was supposed to be turned into a miniature Disneyland, but, was scrapped two years ago. Although the Councillors tried to revive the plan, the investor faced financial difficulties, and the Municipality decided to go ahead with a fresh project.
A 30-year deal has been officially signed between Dr. NAbeel Abu Al Fateh, the Ministry Under-Secretary, and Fouad Shuwaitar, a Bahraini investor, during a ceremony held at the Ministry headquarters in Manama, when the plans and artists impressions were revealed.
The garden spans an area of 93,000 sq m, while the buildings will be constructed on 111,000 sq m and is likely to include large green areas, fitness club and gym, restaurants, an elderly centre and family resting areas.
It will feature a commercial complex on the side of the airport, which will be leased to airlines, car rental companies and cargo providers, and will include banks, insurance offices and a business centre.
According to Municipalities and Urban Planning Affairs Minister, Dr. Juma Al KaŠbi and the Muharraq Municipal Council, the park would be the first investment of its type that has been permitted in any public facility. However, the investor will benefit from the Garden, as business projects will be built, with new range from an aquarium, karting track, and ice arena.
Nearly 60 percent of the total garden will be greenery, and open to public, while 40 percent will see several vertical buildings being offered for businesses. There are plans for 1650 car parks, 16 gates, a special club for elderly, and within next six months, things will be finalized with other government bodies and ministries and contractors, before beginning work in January, which will continue until January 2016.
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