Durrat Al Bahrain is the largest artificial island in Bahrain after the Amwaj Islands. The US$6 billion project will consist of a series of 15 large artificial islands, covering an area of over 20,000,000 m2 (220,000,000 sq ft). It will comprise six atolls, five fish-shaped islands and two crescent-shaped islands.
The plans for the finished islands include five-star hotels, a 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 700,000 m2 (7,500,000 sq ft) with a cost of about US$1.3 billion.
The marina is a joint venture between Durrat Khaleej Al Bahrain and Tameer, one of the GCC region’s leading developers. The marina development is the first of its type and size in the Middle East.
Work on the project was interrupted in February 2008 as more than 1,300 laborers downed tools in a dispute over pay. Workers from the GP Zacharides company, who are based at a labor camp in the development site, went on strike demanding better salaries and complaining of poor living conditions.
Model of Durrat Al Bahrain as seen at Cityscape Abu Dhabi 2007.
Astronaut photograph of Durrat Al Bahrain.