Durrat Al Bahrain: your guide on Bahrain’s second largest artificial island


It is no secret that most GCC countries have been focusing in the recent years on developing urban futuristic communities. The mega projects serve not only as a means for its growing population to escape the confines of its limited land area, but also as world-class business and tourism attractions as well.

Due to its nature as an island kingdom with a small area, the Kingdom of Bahrain has been paying more attention to developing artificial islands. These projects have stood out due to their potential and the impressive developments that are currently being developed there; and Durrat Al Bahrain comes as one of the finest of these developments.

Location and Area:

Located 40 kilometers south of the Bahraini capital Manama, Durrat Al Bahrain is a coalition of 15 artificial islands with a total value that exceeded the $7bn mark. Spanning over 21 square kilometers, the reclaimed lands were designed so that they would have a spectacular distinctive aerial view. The coalition is considered to be the second largest artificial island in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Six of the 15 islands, known as Murjan Islands, are shaped like atolls; five are shaped like fish (Fayrouz Islands); one is shaped like a crescent; and the last three are Durrat Marina.

The islands are planned to accommodate up to 60,000 residents plus 5,000 visitors daily upon their completion. Durrat Al Bahrain is connected to the main island via two causeways.

Durrat Al Bahrain’s Renowned Features:

1) The Islands:

Encompassing 11 of the 15 islands, The Islands is a residential project that constitutes the majority of Durrat Al Bahrain. The project comprises 1,000 upscale villas with different models and specifications designed to meet all the possible homebuyers’ needs.

The Islands is a sustainable and self-sufficient project as it houses all the facilities and amenities the residents might need. Each of the 11 residential islands of Durrat Al Bahrain has a single-storey community center to serve the daily needs of its residents and visitors.

In addition to that, Durrat Al Bahrain islands have multiple other facilities and luxurious amenities including mosques, gyms, health clubs, indoor fun areas, as well as a number of world-renowned brands’ outlets, restaurants and cafes. Also, vast areas of the islands are meant to be greenspaces that help balance and complement the landscape.

2) The Crescent Island:

The crescent-shaped island is considered the commercial hub of Durrat Al Bahrain; it houses more than 6,000 offices and residential apartments overlooking a lively courtyard that includes multiple world-class restaurants and cafes. The crescent island will feature public beaches along its coastline, as well as a number of vital facilities like healthcare centers and schools. The island is also connected to the hotel island which encompasses 6,000 luxurious hotel rooms and its own private beach.

3) Durrat Marina:

Durrat Marina spans 3 of Durrat Al Bahrain’s islands with an accumulated area of 700,000 square meters. The marina is a joint venture between Taameer, one of the region’s leading developers, and Durrat Khaleej Al Bahrain; it is considered the first development of its type in the Middle East region.

The marina will have the capacity to accommodate up to 400 boats. It will also comprise a boat maintenance center, a yacht club, a number of waterfront townhouses as well as numerous facilities and outlets.

4) Golf Course:

Last but not least, Durrat Al Bahrain features an 18-hole golf course that sprawls over 90 hectares of land. The course is located in front of Durrat Marina, and it houses a golf club, a 200-key 5-star hotel as well as more than 2,000 luxurious villas and residential apartments.

Durrat Al Bahrain’s property market:

As demonstrated above, Durrat Al Bahrain has multiple unique features; so it is not surprising that it has one of the most dynamic local property markets in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

For example, if you want to invest in an upscale one-bedroom flat in Durrat Al Bahrain, you can find one for the average price of 55,000BHD.

However, if you are looking for a larger space that would fit as a new home for you and your small family, then a two-bedroom apartment with a stunning waterview for 72,000BHD would be perfect for you.

Lastly, if you’re looking for the even more spacious and luxurious options, you can purchase a three-bedroom apartment in Marina Breeze project for 102,500BHD.

It is safe to say that Durrat Al Bahrain will be one of the top lively hubs in the GCC. With its location, features, and amenities and services, Durrat Al Bahrain is indeed an investment that is worth your consideration.

Source: Weetas Insight


Marassi Al Bahrain: Diyar El Muharraq’s most iconic development


Among all the mixed-use communities that are being developed currently in Bahrain, Diyar Al Muharraq mega project outstands the most. A coalition of 8 artificial islands developed in the northern east corner of the Bahraini Kingdom, Diyar Al Muharraq is located only 10 kilometers away from the capital Manama. With an area that spans more than 12 square kilometers, the man-made islands became home to many ambitious developments; and Marassi Al Bahrain comes as one of the most prominent of these projects.

Marassi Al Bahrain’s Location and Area:

Developed by Eagle Hills Diyar, Marassi Al Bahrain takes almost three quarters of the entire area of Diyar Al Muharraq; sprawling over more than 875,000 square meters near the most vital highways in Diyar Al Muharraq, Marassi Al Bahrain is expected to provide homes to around 22,000people.

The development will contain around 6,000 residential units, distributed among low- and mid-rise buildings and 250,000 square meters of retail area. The destination also offers a stunning waterfront promenade as its coastline spans two kilometers of stunning beaches.

Key Projects in Marassi Al Bahrain:

Marassi Al Bahrain houses multiple upscale projects developed by Eagle Hills Diyar as well. We here give a brief description of each of the six major projects that are currently under development there:

1) Marassi Residences:

The project offers an instant access to Marassi Galleria, one of the key shopping destinations of  Marassi Al Bahrain. With a site that spans over 38,500 square meters, Marassi Residences comprises a total of 281 high-end residential units varying between one-bedroom apartments, two-bedroom apartments, and three-bedroom apartments.

As per the announced plan for the project, the home buyers and investors should be able to receive the keys of and move into their perspective units by the end of 2018. Eagle Hills Diyar has developed a two-year post-handover payment plan which will enable the home buyers to pay 60% of the units value before the handover then pay the remaining 40% in installments over two years after the handover.

2) Marassi Shores Residences:

A U-shaped 11-storey residential tower, Marassi Shores spans over 36,000 square meters of land.  The tower will comprise 289 residential units including studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom apartments in addition to penthouses. The project will offer its residences a mesmerizing panoramic view of the sea.

3) Marassi Boulevard:

Marassi Boulevard comprises 4 buildings, each consisting of 7 to 10 stories. In total, the buildings boast 240 residential units varying between studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom apartments.  The homes offer their residents a beautiful view of Marassi Al Bahrain and its vast green spaces.

In addition to that, the project features retail space that spans 700 square meters.

4) The Address Residences:

As a project, The Address consists of both a residential building and a hotel that are situated 10 minutes away from Bahrain’s international airport.  The Address Residences is built over an area that spans nearly 11,000 square meters and is consisted of 7 floors that include 155 serviced upscale homes.

On the other hand, The Address Hotel comprises 9 floors that include 112 luxurious hotel rooms and 20 suites. In addition to that, The Address features retail stores as well as many upscale amenities and facilities including swimming pools, rooftop restaurant and garden and a fitness center.

5) Marassi Galleria:

Designed to be the main shopping and entertainment destination in Marassi Bahrain, Marassi Galleria is one of the top attractions of Diyar Al Muharraq. The vast shopping mall spans around 178,000 square meters of land that will host a large number of outlets for the world’s best lifestyle brands, as well as the best food and beverage outlets.

6) Vida Hotels and Resorts:

Developed by Diyar Al Muharraq, Vida Hotels and Resorts is a four-star hotel that comprises 160 keys. The hotel will guarantee its visitors and guests an instant access to Marassi Galleria, as well as a number of high-end amenities that include but are not limited to an outdoor swimming pool, a business center, a spa and a wellness center.

Also, Vida will house 145 serviced residential units that vary between one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom apartments.

All these aforementioned projects signal how Marassi Al Bahrain will be Diyar Al Muharraq’s beaconing master development. Also, considering the other mega developments in Diyar Al Muharraq which Marassi Al Bahrain would have access to like Dragon City, Marassi Al Bahrain will be one of the major investment destinations as well.

Source: Weetas Insight



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