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.