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WTC changing the skyline

One year into construction, the Bahrain World Trade Centre has already changed the Manama skyline.

But it is also destined to be a landmark in the development of the country's global business links.

The BD 35 million project's twin, 50-storey towers, will be a model development with fully integrated business and leisure facilities.

It will encompass an excellent working environment providing international corporate identity to its occupiers, along with world-class business facilitiesand services.

The project team encompasses local and international members, namely HAJ (Hisham Abdulrahman Jaffer) quantity surveyor, project co-ordinator and client representative, WS Atkins architect, Nass Murray & Roberts lead contractor, with leasingand management by DTZ Bahrain.

"We want to help Bahrain's business organizations be as efficient as possible and a hugely important factor in this is the quality of the business environment in which they are located," said DTZ Bahrain associate director Claire Hughes. "We will ensure as far as possible that every employer and employee requirement can be satisfied on-site, to reduce time away from work carrying out business or personal errands."

The Bahrain WTC is being built next to the Bahrain Commercial Complex and Sheraton Hotel and is scheduled for completion next summer.

It will provide a gateway to Bahrain through its international links with 300 World Trade Centres and 750,000 member organizations through the World Trade Centre Association (WTCA).

It will also provide a stepping stone for those looking to expand both into andout of Bahrain.

Cross-selling benefits within the centre will also be extremely important.

The development's leisure and dining opportunities will ensure it is a destination for relaxation and enjoyment as well as business.

Dining will include a boutique restaurant overlooking the Gulf, a fine dining restaurant, a garden court café area under a striking glass dome and numerous other coffee shops and cafes.

The finished development will also include a fitness centre, hair and beauty salonsand crèche facilities for parents wishing to shop while their children are entertained in a safe environment.

The existing mall which includes the likes of Cartier, Tiffany, Bang & Olufsen, Escada and Rolex will be refurbished and extended to incorporate a total of 150 luxury brand boutiques in a modern, fashionable retail environment.

"By developing an in-depth tenant mix plan we will ensure that the retail units are leased to the best possible mix of occupiers, to ensure the new extended mallis a success and continues to be regarded as the premier shopping location in Bahrain," said Duaij Al Rumaihi, associate director in charge of retail leasing.

"We are currently in negotiations with numerous international brands, including many which will be new to the Kingdom, to ensure the widest choice possible for our customers."

The five-star Sheraton Hotel, which is currently undergoing refurbishment, willprovide conference and meeting facilities along with on-site hotel accommodation to users of the Bahrain WTC.

Bahrain WTC will be the first try truly Intelligent (SMART) Building in Bahain. It will benefit from fully IT integrated functions, including high-speed broadband internet access, WI-FI and IP telephony.

Another first for Bahrainis the district cooling air-conditioning system throughout the development.

Regional consultants and supplier Tabreed will pipe chilled water from its new plant located in the Diplomatic Area.

The Bahrain WTC will also be the first building of its type in the world incorporating three striking wind turbines, suspended between the office towers. Each turbine will span 29 metres in diameter and will generate 1.2million kilowatts of power per year, which is enough to run 300 residential villas.

In appreciation of this, Atkins & NMR have been awarded two prestigious awards by Construction Week magazine, in association with CEMEX.

These were Project of the Year - Bahrainand Achievement through Innovation - Gulf Region.

In a time of growth and focus on real estate the Bahrain WTC is set to become a benchmark for property development throughout the Gulf region.


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