Bahrain finally launches seafront project

Corniche beautification delayed by two years because of shortage of funds

Bahrain’s Municipalities and Urban Planning Affairs Ministry has announced it has launched a $3.2m beautification project for the Kingdom’s most popular seafront after two years of delays.

A shortage of funds had delayed project, which was planned to have started in July 2010. The first phase of the Al Fateh Corniche project will involve building a new walkway and the installation of playground facilities.

“A contractor is currently working to clear up the coast to allow us to install playground equipment, build a walkway and connect it with existing facilities as well as beautify the place with trees and other plantations,” Mohammed Noor Al Sheikh, the joint municipal services undersecretary at the ministry, told Gulf Daily News.

“We are just waiting for the budget to be officially assigned to begin work on the project as artist’s impressions have been completed a long time ago and even modified,” he said.

The second phase will see parts of the corniche offered investment to help generate income for the project, which will feature recreational and family areas as well as restaurants and coffee shops.

“New facilities that will replace the ones we are planning to knock down will be constructed at the front of the corniche to allow people to enjoy coastal views without having to acquire any private service,” Al Sheikh said.


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