Bahrain may scrap plans for theme park project in Muharraq
Posted on 16th March 2015
Plans for a multi-million dinar theme park in Muharraq, which was set to feature Bahrain's first indoor ski slope, could be scrapped, said a report.
The Muharraq Municipal Council has given its financial, administrative and legislative committee until the end of the month to determine whether it is feasible, reported the Gulf Daily News.
A BD20 million (US$ 52.7 million) price tag has been put on the radical overhaul of Muharraq Grand Garden, which would include an ice rink, indoor sports arena, aquarium, karting track and three-storey shopping centre, among other things.
However, it has been hindered by investors pulling out and the GDN reported in January last year that key sewage and water infrastructure underneath the proposed site would have to be moved before work could start.
"The Works, Municipalities and Urban Planning Affairs Ministry never moved services from under the current site and, as I have been told, it is expensive and may even be impossible," said council chairman Mohammed Al Sinan.
"It would be expensive for the investor to remove those services because it would triple the amount earmarked for the theme park.
"I spoke with the investor and he said he is happy to pull out of the project if he is compensated.
"He is entitled to compensation for all the losses and expenses he has incurred from designs, equipment and even labourers, but that will have to come from the Muharraq Municipality's coffers."
Al Sinan suggested that a major theme park at the location could also pose other problems for people living in the area. "We are already facing traffic jams and unavailable parking spaces at the nearby Oasis Mall, so having another shopping centre and such a prolific attraction near Bahrain International Airport is illogical," he said.
"There are plans to use parts of the garden for the new Airport Avenue expansion in line with plans to develop the airport, so further traffic jams are expected," he added.
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