Bahrain market to get $3.8m facelift
Manama, March 23, 2013
Bahrain's second oldest market will finally get a BD1.45 million ($3.82 million) facelift after four years of delays.
Bulldozers will start demolishing the 35-year-old rundown Muharraq Central Market in the next few days and traders will be moved to a temporary air-conditioned location, reported the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.
Muharraq Municipal councillors agreed to set up the temporary marketplace near the Loyalists Square in Busaiteen until the project is completed, which could take 18 months.
The new market, to be built according to modern Islamic architecture, will feature a shopping centre and separated sections for meat, fish, and fruits and vegetables.
It will also include a special area for productive families, a Central Informatics Organisation office and a recycling section.
A special section for traditional Muharraq handicrafts will be also available at the market.
"Investors Seef Properties will take over in return for a deal to waive municipal fees levied on their new mall behind the Muharraq Club besides other facilities that the council has agreed to back up," said council chairman Abdulnasser Al Mahmeed.
"After four years of delays, having the market rebuilt by anyone wouldn't have made a difference and since we have an available investor who is willing to do work in return for something else then we don't really mind inking any deal.
"The contract was scheduled to be signed last week, but due to missing documents it was postponed. Work will begin within a week from whenever it gets signed and would continue for up to 18 months," he added.-TradeArabia News Service