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Bahrain calls for overhaul of $63m park plan

Council officials said current design had contained too many commercial elements

Bahrain calls for overhaul of $63m park plan
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Plans for a US$63m amusement park in Bahrain, which were due to include the country’s first full-size ice arena, an aquarium, aquamarine centre, karting track and fairground rides, has been thrown into jeopardy after officials said the plans contained too many commercial elements and must be amended, it was reported on Tuesday.

The Muharraq Grand Garden, located near Bahrain International Airport, was due to contain garden space of 93,000 sqm and built up areas, including restaurants, a fitness club and gym, an elderly centre and family resting areas.

The Muharraq Municipal Council has ordered developers to revamp the designs to include fewer commercial enterprises, Trade Arabia reported.

The plans were previously amended when officials objected to the inclusion of a hotel and furnished apartments.

"Any sane human being can understand that the garden will be turned into a shopping complex rather than be developed as a theme park," council chairman Abdulnasser Al Mahmeed was quoted as saying.

"We have nothing against the ice arena, the aquarium and karting track, but the rest are all commercial facilities that shouldn't be found in a park."

"The garden will see a shopping complex hosting airlines and cargo companies offices and honestly and I don't see them having any relevance to family entertainment,” he added.

Initial plans two years ago were for a "miniature Disneyland", but these were scrapped, the report added.

A deadline of 1 September has been set for the developer to submit their revised plans or face having the project axed completely.

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