Bahrain could soon be home to the region’s biggest water sports and maritime facility. The land has already been earmarked for the maritime centre project at Salman Town, a major urban development on Bahrain’s north coast.
The Northern Municipal Council has been tasked with developing the new maritime centre, which is expected to include scuba diving schools, sailing, fishing, a marina, aquarium, restaurants and aquaculture facilities.
Council chairman Ahmed Al Kooheji said that under plans handed over to them by the Housing Ministry, there is a huge space allocated for a maritime centre at the town. They are in direct contact with investors globally and they hope the new maritime centre project will be the biggest facility of its type in the region, if not the world.
They are planning to put the maritime centre project out to tender in the next few months after they finalise details of what they want there. They have already drawn up ideas for how the centre should be.
They want it to include diving schools, specialised marinas for tourists and amateurs, an international aquarium franchise, seafood-themed restaurants, aquaculture areas and other maritime activities such as yachting and fishing, besides further attractions that may be of appeal to the public.
It is worth mentioning that, the maritime centre project is in line with a government drive to attract more tourists to Bahrain.
This project will cover an area of 100,000sqm and offer divers the chance to explore several structures, including a submerged 70-metre Boeing 747, sculptures and artificial reefs.
It is due to open this year and is being spearheaded by the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority, the Supreme Council for Environment (SCE) and the private sector.