Top Bahrain hotel construction on track
Manama, June 6, 2012
Construction work on the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay is ahead of schedule, with the fifth level of towers having been completed, said a senior official.
Client representative and Bayside Developments general manager Bob Vincent, who is overseeing the project's implementation, said it is key not just for the real estate sector, but also on a national economic level.
"As one of the cornerstone components of Bahrain Bay, we all understand that a project of this scale is an opportunity to demonstrate Bahrain's emergence from the global financial crisis, and its sustainability as a GCC tourism hub," he said.
"We have been extremely impressed with the way contractor Six Construct have initiated the start-up stages of the main works," he added.
"Working in partnership with a number of local contractors, they have responded to a demanding critical path and timeline.
"As the project further evolves towards our targeted opening in 2014, we will see further evidence of how the construction, tourism and government sectors of Bahrain are collaborating to support growth opportunities," he said.
He added the hotel project demonstrates the long-term commitment of developers to Bahrain's sustainable future.
It has already created more than 700 jobs, many of which are filled by Bahraini nationals.
More than 500,000 accident-free working hours have also been logged on site.
"The project shows a commitment from the investment community in future GCC tourism both on a business and leisure level," he said.
Situated on a private island at the heart of Bahrain Bay - the country's highest-profile waterfront community - the luxury hotel is set to inject new capital and create further careers in the real estate and hospitality sectors upon its completion.
He said the project is predicted to result in direct and indirect economic benefits for Bahrain that will equal approximately BD113 million ($300 million) over the next five to seven years, with GCC tourism expected to contribute strongly to these benefits.
Six Construct - who has developed major projects in the region such as the Burj Khalifa (Dubai), Ferrari World (Abu Dhabi), Khalifa Stadium (Doha) and Bahrain's North Manama Causeway - have a 1,200-strong team, who are utilising a two-shift work pattern to optimise project completion.
Six Construct Middle East general manager Philippe Dessoy identified local resources as a key factor in the speed of progress.
"Six Construct has implemented projects in Bahrain over the past 15 years," he said.
"We have been impressed by this particular project with the skilled labour available locally and their ability to respond to our demanding schedule. We have been able to identify high-quality sub-contractors with efficient material supply lines and hard-working teams," he added.
Six Construct was selected for this landmark project due to its renowned portfolio of large-scale construction projects delivered on time, without compromising standards, he said.
At 201 metres in height, 50-storeys, and 263 guest rooms, the hotel complex is positioned to enhance Bahrain's hospitality credentials, and set a new standard in luxury accommodation in the country.
Complete with world-class spa and leisure facilities, suspended 'Sky Pod' restaurant, superior meeting and event space, four unique dining options, and panoramic city and sea views for guest rooms and suites, the project has been designed to lead Bahrain's hotel offerings into a new era. – TradeArabia News Service
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