Durrat Al Bahrain, which is also referred to as the Rising Pearl or Pearl of Bahrain, is a residentail, leisure and tourist resort being built near the south tip of the Kingdom of Bahrain. The BHD 452.4 million (US$ 1.2 billion) project will be a series of 13 man-made islands covering an area of 20 million square meters (215.3 million square feet). It will comprise of six atolls (coral lagoon islands), five petal islands (fish-shaped), a crescent-shaped island, five-star hotels, a 18-hole golf course, 12 bridges, and a marina.
Durrat Al Bahrain's six atoll islands will form an arc around the development, each offering a community of 172 villas with boat and beach facilities. Each atoll will have 1.5 kilometers (0.93 miles) of beach land, its own separate private ladies beach island, and will be accessible by bridges from the petal islands. The five petal islands will also form an arc and will offer communities of 52 to 90 villas. Each of the villas will have shared access to boat moorings, community facilites and a shared beach. The islands are connected along a circular bridge, that connects to the crescent island, make them the key link between the atolls and the crescent island.
Crescent Island is located at the heart of Durrat Al Bahrain, facing the central lagoon and containing a series of beaches along 2 kilometers (1.24 miles). It will comprise of cafes, restaurants, a shopping mall, shops, markets, beach centers, and a ferry terminal. The conference and exhibition center will cater to the business community, while the 2,000 apartments, school, mosque, healthcare facilities, police and fire stations will cater to the residential community. Central Hotel will be positioned at the center of the entire development, with 300-600 rooms and suites. It will also have a aqua park, mega soft play zones, a nusery, water sports center and spa, a tennis and fitness club, and family restaurants.
Durrat Al Bahrain's 18-hole golf course will cover an area between 5 to 6 thousand square meters (53 to 65 thousand square feet) and be surrounded by 258 villas and a 300-room five star hotel. The development's marina will be set in a lagoon and be able to hand 400-boats. It will provide a range of services and maintenance facilities for boats, including a fuel station. It will have 200 waterside villas and a number of marina-view apartments.
Durrat Al Bahrain is jointly owned by the Kingdom of Bahrain’s Government and Kuwait Finance House [KFH]. The development was designed and masterplanned by Dubai-based architects Atkins Middle East and will be located 54 kilometers (33.7 miles) from the Bahrain International Airport. It will be accessible by a 2-line highway linking it from Manama.
Expected Completion Date - 2009 Location - Kingdom of Bahrain