$1.4bn luxury resort planned

A BD530 million ($1.409 billion) luxury resort is to be built in the sea off Bahrain’s southern coast, it has been revealed.

The Al Salam Resort, off Zallaq, will include a five-star hotel, six presidential palaces, 300 villas and a huge marketplace. It will be built by Sama Dubai, a subsidiary of Dubai Holding.
The project, which has been divided into two phases costing BD170 million and BD360 million, has been given the initial go-ahead by the Southern Municipal Council.
Councillors backed the scheme provided it gets approval from all relevant bodies and that developers agree to abide by Islamic values and traditions. The project will be built on land to be reclaimed seven kilometres out to sea from Al Jazair Beach.
Council chairman Ali Al Mohannadi said that the company would have to sit with the council to agree to several conditions before being given final approval.
“The place needs a mosque, health centre and green areas and we need guarantees that the company would fund development projects in the area such as the Al Jazair Beach expansion and charitable projects,” he said.
“We also hope that they will employ people from the Southern Governorate and Bahrainis in general, which we will be pushing for, when we meet them. The company is planning to give six presidential palaces as a gift to the Royal Court.”
Municipality director-general Shaikh Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Khalifa said “Islamic values and traditions” was a broad clause, which would need to be clarified.