Ithmaar Development Company (IDC) has invited bids for the initial infrastructure phase of $1.6bn Dilmunia Health Island project in Bahrain.
The tender for the first of four infrastructure development phases covers work related to the 125ha island’s highways, bridges, landscaping, power, drinking water, sewerage, drainage, and telecommunications networks.
The second package of works, which includes the installation of the Grand Canal, will be carried out later in 2012.
IDC CEO and board member Mohammed Khalil Alsayed said: Dilmunia is more than just a high-quality real estate development because it will also be adding value through the health and wellness infrastructure it will bring to the Kingdom."
"In many cases it will be introducing entirely new industries, which people in Bahrain previously had to travel abroad for," said Alsayed.
The first phase of infrastructure works will take about two years to complete and will enable the completion of various sub-developments within the same timeframe.
Later phases will see the completion of the 2.2km long Grand Canal and other infrastructure work for the remainder of the development.
The project will comprise of a mixed-use development, featuring healthcare, wellness, hospitality, commercial, retail, and seafront residential components.
After completion the project is expected to provide housing for 15,000 residents.
Preliminary works in the island project, including dredging, reclamation and rock protection have been completed.
IDC will appoint the successful contractor during the first quarter of 2012, and the contractor is expected to start construction during the second quarter.
The contractor will collaborate with infrastructure designer Mott MacDonald and cost consultant DG Jones & Partners to implement the project.
Located on the north-eastern coast of Bahrain, off the Island of Muharraq, the project will be located close to Bahrain International Airport and linked to Saudi Arabia via the King Fahd Causeway.
Image: The project will comprise of a mixed-use development featuring healthcare, wellness and seafront residential components. Photo: Ithmaar Development Company.