This article was originally published in Propertyfinder Trends 2017, Vol 3.
Located in the heart of Manama, the King Faisal Corniche Development Company (KFCDC) transformed the corniche with 1.5 kilometres of retail, recreation, and dining overlooking Bahrain Bay. The project, which opened in October, is designed as a traditional souq with modern elements, including a number of playgrounds, jogging tracks and fitness centres.
New Administrative Capital
With over 10,000 km of streets planned, the brand-new city will be pedestrian-friendly and is focused on best practices in design, ecology, and culture to relieve congestion in the original capital. In order to draw people, the government will house its administrative offices and embassies here, as well as a city centre district, and a diverse range of urban neighbourhoods. It is slated to be completed between 2020 and 2022.
Waterfront City Dbayeh
Located on the 700-berth La Marina Joseph Khoury, Waterfront City Dbayeh boasts over twice the land size of the marina in Monte Carlo, Monaco. The Majid Al Futtaim development has parts in handover, and work still to come over the next few years. Residences will mix with world-class hotels, shopping, dining, health clubs, and green spaces, as well as a business park and ample parking.
Morocco International Gateway Datacenter
The largest cloud computing platform in Africa was designed according to international standards of security, and launched in November through a joint venture between Morocco-based Medasys Group and the UK’s Zircom Group. The datacenter introduces Morocco to the world as a major technological hub on the African continent.
Riyadh Metro Project
The second largest transportation project on Earth, the Riyadh Metro Project, a project by Almabani General Contractors, Consolidated Contractors Company, and Siemens, will meet the demands of the growing population while reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality when it opens in 2019.
National Museum of Qatar
Designed by Jean Nouvel, who drew inspiration from desert roses, the National Museum will include an auditorium with a capacity for over 200 people, retail outlets and restaurants, a culinary area that showcases traditional Qatari food, as well as a research centre and an indigenous plants park. Qatar’s art collection draws from different international, local and regional artists, and will open in December 2018.