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Bahrain plans theme park

May 2011

BAHRAIN is to convert an old public garden in Manama into a new state-of-the-art theme park at a cost of BD6 million ($16 million).

Officials are planning to convert the 44-year-old Water Garden in Salmaniya into a major tourist attraction featuring rides and a natural park.

The Municipalities and Urban Planning Affairs Ministry is planning to spend at least BD6 million ($16 billion) on the project.

The Manama Municipal Council had already been consulted and project bids could be invited from private investors to save municipal money.

Existing rides will be removed from the garden to pave the way for new ones, while new artificial ponds will replace the park’s mosquito-infested swamps.

The municipality had scrapped its original designs for the project and is drawing up new plans. It will take into consideration a directive from HRH Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, chairwoman of Supreme Council for Women, to include green areas in the park.

The Water Garden has to be revamped as it is not being utilised properly. The new park will include new and safer rides that will replace the current noisy ones. The two ponds in the garden would be drained and replaced with artificial ones. The ponds over the years have been infested with insects and bacteria, posing a danger to visitors.

The Water Garden is expected to be transformed into an amusement park for families with an open air restaurant complex surrounded by fish tanks and trees. Adequate car parking has also been planned.

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