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Bahrain Construction Update Scott Wilson Ltd. announces it’s revolutionary Environmental Monitoring and Management System Scott Wilson Group, one of the world’s leading multidisciplinary design and engineering consultancy firm, specifically designed and implemented DIANA, a first of its kind online system to provide automated real-time updates and analysis for Diyar Al Muharraq. It is one of Bahrain’s largest mixeduse master-planned projects, and a leading environmental development, is the first project in the GCC to commission and adopt an online environmental management system as part of its Environmental Management Plan (EMP). Scott Wilson’s Environment Division once again proved it’s expertise in providing sustainable and integrated

planning for projects in the natural environment. Through DIANA, strategically placed environmental monitoring stations around the Diyar Al Muharraq reclamation area provide DIANA’s specialised computer programs with a steady stream of data, which is analysed and compared against the set quality assurance standards and regulations. If these are breached, the system informs the operators and concerned regulatory bodies, such as the Directorate for Environmental Assessment and Planning (DEAP), for action, and saves both time and money. Diyar Al Muharraq’s CEO,

Aaref Hejres, said: “One of the aspects that truly sets Diyar Al Muharraq apart is our unwavering commitment to environmental protection and sustainability. As such, we partnered with some of the world’s leading organisations who we also know are committed to raising the bar for the necessary environmental measures essential for a project of this magnitude. We have had much interest from both Parliament and the Government of Bahrain for initiatives like DIANA, which are being adopted for the first time in the Kingdom through Diyar Al Muharraq.” Justine Carr, the Head of our Environment Division at Scott

Wilson commented, “Due to the size of the Diyar Al Muharraq Project (for which our company produced the original masterplan and concept design) and the complex nature of its dredging and reclamation works, Scott Wilson recognised the need for such a system to provide real time environmental monitoring and management. The trend towards responsible sustainable coastal development is on the rise across the region, and we expect that other projects will also use this system in Bahrain and elsewhere within the GCC.” Scott Wilson recognizes regional challenges and adopts or creates long lasting solutions.

Diyar Al Muharraq on track despite global crisis Diyar Al Muharraq, one of the largest mixed-use in the Kingdom of Bahrain, showcased the progress of the unique BHD1.2 billion (US$3.2 billion) development at Cityscape Abu Dhabi in April. With around 30,000 properties housing over 120,000 people planned on when finished, Diyar Al Muharraq’s construction is moving at a brisk pace with reclamation of phase 1 nearing 97% completion. Diyar’s participation at Cityscape Abu Dhabi offered potential investors, developers and buyers at the exhibition a chance to explore the many facets that make this development unique, and enabled the developers to share their vision and progress with international and regional investors, innovative 22 Forum

developers and other key stakeholders of the industry. Aaref Hejres said: “Being one of the most renowned property exhibitions for 2009, Cityscape Abu Dhabi gave us an ideal platform to display the progress of Diyar Al Muharraq to the region and promote it to the GCC and wider Middle East markets. We have masterplanned a model city on the northern shore of Muharraq where people of all strata would be able to find an ideal home.” “We are proud that, despite the global crisis, our demand driven development is on track. Being a city for the people, we are looking forward to launch the first phase of affordable houses for the community later this year,” he added. The development will offer a selection of freehold

properties accessible to buyers across various income levels, and its extensive and varied indoor and outdoor leisure, commercial and retail facilities will open up a new way of living for residents and all the people of Bahrain. Diyar Al Muharraq’s masterplan maps out a selfcontained city with many accessible landscaped public spaces, incorporating around

40 kilometers of waterfront which includes sandy beaches and a marina. This will be among the largest publicly accessible waterfronts in the Kingdom. The development also includes provision for numerous community spaces and facilities, hotels, Bahrain’s largest shopping mall, first-rate business district, which are all underpinned by world-class infrastructure.

BBBForum Summer 2009  

The magazine from the Bahrain British Business Forum

BBBForum Summer 2009  

The magazine from the Bahrain British Business Forum