CEO's Message

As 2017 now takes a bow….

Since my last note, Bahrain Bay Promenade has seen a great deal of activity having been chosen as the preferred location for community gatherings and festivals. As the mercury levels drop for winter, the number of outdoor events rises, as does Bahrain Bay’s popularity each year and 2018 will herald in a number of public gatherings already earmarked to be held within.

The season began with a touch of benevolence and a huge crowd of supporters showing up for the ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Walk-a-thon’ organized by the Bahrain Cancer Society in October. It was a tremendous sight with swathes of pink everywhere as people of all ages and persuasions traversed the bay for the cause. It was a remarkable turn out with so many people at one stage completely encircling the entire bay as they strolled around with banners and flags raised. Following on its heels, we witnessed the second edition of the ‘Bahrain Sea Festival’ and once again it proved incredibly popular. As the name suggests, the Sea Festival depicts Bahrain’s historical links with the sea and this is showcased by a wide range of activities and displays. After all, Bahrain literally means Two Seas. ‘The Ironman 70.3 Middle East Championship’ saw a congregation of sports enthusiasts both local and international gathered at Bahrain Bay for this reputable endurance test. Both the start and indeed the finish took place in Bahrain Bay. Again, the public turnout was phenomenal as it was for the glowing finale to the year, that being the second edition of the ‘Light Festival’ which attracted a record footfall of 190,000 to Bahrain Bay.

On the construction front, steady but very noticeable progress is being made with the various investor projects. The ‘Wyndham Hotel’ housed within the twisting United Tower complex softly opened its doors to the public in December as it heads for full operation in the comings months. The ‘Waterbay’ is taking shape as developer Bin Faqeeh targets a completion date in 2018. Also established now is the public and regional office of AXA Insurance Gulf. Adding to this wave of optimism, three new projects are poised to commence next year as well as plans to develop the public areas. There will be more parks along with food and beverage facilities that collectively defines Bahrain Bay’s strategy for the coming year. This will also see casual footfall increase significantly, particularly in the cooler months.

Meanwhile, the Bahrain Bay calendar for community events remains busy with the upcoming Shopping Festival and more cultural shows. Looking ahead, 2018 is definitely a year to look forward to.

Gagan Suri

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.

Our Ethics

Everyone involved in the development of Bahrain Bay is very aware of the responsibilities involved in such a complex project. Therefore there is a strict ethical code which is always followed.
This covers four main areas Community, Sustainability, Energy efficiency and the Environment.

All plans for Bahrain Bay Centre on the philosophy of it being a Smart City. We are conscious of the need to both preserve precious resources and to use carefully sourced materials for the construction. Therefore, all third party developers have to comply with extremely strict criteria.

There is also the realization that to truly contribute to the economy of Bahrain, the completed development will need to be an inclusive, integrated environment offering opportunities for all. We regard this as an obligation and a responsibility which is essential if Bahrain Bay is to become a true legacy to the kingdom of Bahrain

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
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 for Master Developer Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM)
Atkins International.
Dalkia
MACE
HAJ
Boskalis Westminster
AMA
Total number of buildings 40 Approx
Total gross floor area 1.450 million sq m
Total land area 450,000sq m
Bahrain Bay Contact 00973 17505555