By Sarah Townsend
Multi-million dinar plans develop ‘sleepy’ Bahrain coast ahead of the 2022 Qatar World Cup
The Southern Municipal Council wants to promote investment near the quiet fishing village of Askar, which is located close to the site of a proposed bridge linking Bahrain and Qatar.
It hopes Gulf preparation for the FIFA World Cup will give the plans extra momentum, according to a report in the Gulf Daily News.
The council on Wednesday asked Bahrain’s Works, Municipalities and Urban Planning Affairs Ministry to draw up a list of publically-owned land in and around Askar that could be offered up to private investors. It reportedly has a month in which to complete the list. Development proposals include hotel resorts, shopping complexes and leisure and entertainment facilities.
Council chairman Ahmed Al Ansari told the newspaper: “We have to make the 2022 World Cup in Qatar our target to get investment projects that Bahrain could benefit from.
“Bahrain has more to offer than Qatar as a tourism destination and it would be far cheaper to stay here during the World Cup than spend a fortune there, with it taking just an hour to drive to Qatar on the proposed causeway.”
The Bahrain-Qatar Causeway Authority commissioned consultants in 2013 to review designs for the planned 40km-long structure in 2013. It is intended to be the world’s longest man-made bridge.