Amwaj Islands

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Coordinates: 26°17′28″N 50°39′55″E / 26.29111°N 50.66528°E / 26.29111; 50.66528

The plan of Amwaj Islands
An aerial view of Amwaj Islands & Muharraq Island, looking towards the south.

Amwaj Islands (Arabic: جزر أمواج‎; transliterated: Juzur Amwaj) are a group of man-made islands located in the Persian Gulf to the northeast of Bahrain, near the coast of Muharraq island. It covers roughly 2 790 000 m² (30 million square feet).

Amwaj Islands are a pioneering project in Bahrain, the first to offer 100% freehold land ownership to expatriates living in the Kingdom of Bahrain. It also increases the supply of waterfront property which is in low supply in this small island nation. With the completion of infrastructure such as electricity, roads, water, sewerage and telecoms, Amwaj recently became fit for residential use.

From an engineering perspective Amwaj introduced a number of new technologies to the region including geotubes for the reclamation phase of these islands, vacuum sewerage and fibre optic "Smart City" technology among others.

The Amwaj Islands were reclaimed from the relatively shallow seas to the northeast of Muharraq Island, which is the northernmost island in the Kingdom of Bahrain.The Islands contain residential, commercial (highrise) and hotel and retail buildings, as well as a 240 m diameter circular marina with over 140 berths.

The project is connected to the main island by a causeway, approximately 1.8 km in length. Other facilities include a school (International School of Choueifat-Manama), a university, a hospital, a fuel station, theme parks and a lagoonside dining and café precinct.[citation needed] The distance between the new island and Bahrain International Airport is only 8 km.

The project is being developed by an Ossis Property Developers with a $1.5 billion investment. The Amwaj Islands project was developed over three main phases. These phases included land reclamation, infrastructure development and finally facilities development.

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