|28 January, 2020

First solar powered coastline in Bahrain set to open next month

Tests have proven successful and work is in the final touches and everything will be opened on February 11

Image used for illustrative purpose. Workers walk among newly installed solar panels at a solar power plant in Zhouquan township of Tongxiang, Zhejiang province December 18, 2014.

Image used for illustrative purpose. Workers walk among newly installed solar panels at a solar power plant in Zhouquan township of Tongxiang, Zhejiang province December 18, 2014.

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The first public coastline in Bahrain to be completely powered by solar energy is set to open next month.

The 2km coastline in Busaiteen covers an area of 43,000sqm and features a walkway, an open square, green areas, family resting spaces, restaurants and other public utilities and services.

Muharraq Municipal Council chairman Ghazi Al Murbati confirmed the BD1.8 million project will officially open on February 11 to coincide with the country’s National Sports Day.

“This is the first public coast to not just be powered by solar energy, but the first official public property that has access to the sea,” said Mr Al Murbati as he toured the site alongside councillors yesterday.

“The coastline is away from urbanisation and traffic congestion, as people visiting will be able to breathe fresh air in a different atmosphere from what urban areas are used to.

“New roads, in both directions, have also been set up to and from the coastline which will have 126 exercise equipment, a walkway, family rest areas, restaurants and cafes, and other services with car parking for 402 vehicles.

“People with disabilities can also use the facilities, which incorporate their needs.”

Mr Al Murbati added that plans were in place for the second phase to include access for safe swimming, but were postponed to ensure security and safety.

“Since the second phase would be opening swimming access and allowing people to swim then we need to ensure the place is ready, safe and secure,” he said.

“There are necessary associated services related to the presence of lifeguards, showers and other health requirements, which we are currently drawing up with the Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Ministry.”

Meanwhile, area councillor Waheed Al Mannai said the project was delayed from its original completion date in September last year because necessary inspections had to be carried out by the relevant authorities as it was the first coastline to be fully operated through solar energy.

“Tests have proven successful and work is in the final touches and everything will be opened on February 11,” he said.

Priority

“The project seeks to provide local tourism for Bahraini families and we have taken into account all of the recreational needs that individual members may want as the coastline meets the needs of all people.

“This is a priority project for us because it would open the door for similar projects not just in Muharraq but across Bahrain.”

Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Minister Essam Khalaf previously revealed that three other coastal projects were also on the way in Muharraq.

He said plans were being drawn up for coastlines at the western Hidd area, Dair and Samaheej, and Al Halat, which will be on the same lines as Busaiteen.

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