Durrat Al Bahrain
|Native name: درة البحرين (Arabic)|
|Adjacent bodies of water||Persian Gulf|
|Area||5.00 km2 (1.93 sq mi)|
|Highest elevation||0 m (0 ft)|
|Largest settlement||Atol 1 (pop. 870)|
|Pop. density||200 /km2 (500 /sq mi)|
|Ethnic groups||Bahraini, non-Bahraini|
Durrat Al Bahrain (Arabic: درة البحرين) is the third largest artificial island in Bahrain after Northern City and Diyar Al Muharraq Islands. It has a distance of 40.5 km (25.2 mi) south of the capital, Manama, on Bahrain Island.
Durrat Al Bahrain islands include five-star hotels, an 18-hole golf course, 12 bridges, and a marina. The marina will span three of the islands and will cover a land area of approximately 0.7 km2 (7,500,000 sq ft) with a cost of about US$1.3 billion.
In 2002, plans were laid down for the project. Work began in 2004. In February 2008, work on the project was interrupted as more than 1,300 laborers downed tools in a dispute over pay. Workers who were based at a labor camp in the development site, went on strike demanding better salaries and complaining of poor living conditions. The strike was subsequently called off soon after.
The US$7 billion project consists of a series of 15 large artificial islands, covering an area of about 5 km2 (54,000,000 sq ft). It has six atolls, five fish-shaped islands, two crescent-shaped islands, and two more small islands related to the Marina area.
The island belongs to Southern Governorate. The Development Company established an organization to manage the ongoing operation of the development. Julian Butson was appointed as the first Chief Executive Officer of Durrat Resort Management.
- Durrat Al Bahrain Property Development
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