Sports City ‘to play key role in sustainable development’

A PLANNED Sports City in the south of Bahrain will play a key role in nation’s ongoing sustainable development, according to a top minister.

The project featuring an integrated sports stadium – the largest in Bahrain – will also include a multi-purpose hall, said Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Minister Essam Khalaf yesterday.

He was speaking during a Press briefing on ‘Strategic Projects Plan’ at the Arcapita headquarters in Bahrain Bay.

“The Sports City will also contain internationally designed athletics tracks and multi-use halls as well as a commercial complex and hotels.”

Meanwhile, Bahrain University president Dr Jawaher Al Mudhaikhi highlighted the opening of a college of engineering.

“The project organisers are keen to ensure that the design is of the highest quality, environmentally friendly and in accordance with the best structural and electromechanical solutions while also ensuring energy savings,” she said.

“The project will include new buildings for the departments of mechanical, electrical, chemical and civil engineering to keep pace with modern teaching technologies as well as a department for architecture and interior design.

“It will provide a research environment that contributes to enriching scientific research and developing engineering technologies to serve the local and regional sectors as well as keeping space with future requirements in the field of space sciences and sustainable industries.”

She also highlighted that it will prepare specialised cadres in various engineering fields to meet the needs of society, the labour market and the requirements of comprehensive development in Bahrain.

Housing Minister Bassem Al Hamar said that the government in collaboration with the private sector continues to implement royal directives to provide 40,000 housing units. “The Sharaka (partnership) programme was launched which allows bidding on rights to develop government land by private sector developers,” he said.

“This was carried out on 132 houses in Al Louzi and will be expanded in the coming years to include more than 16,000 units.”




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