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Mon 27 Feb 2012 05:08 PM

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Bahrain mulls buggy rides for shoppers

Authorities hope scheme will encourage shoppers to return to city centre

Bahrain mulls buggy rides for shoppers
The scheme is seen as a way of attracting visitors following anti-government demonstrations (Getty Images)

The sight of shoppers being chauffeured around Bahrain's shopping districts in golf buggies may soon be a common one if one local businessman gets his way.

The scheme, proposed for Manama Central Market, was dreamed up by a Bahraini businessman and is currently awaiting on the green light from the local municipality. However, it may be delayed as authorities are considering whether to pitch it out to tender in order to allow rival companies to manage the service.

Council and joint investment committee vice-chairman Mohammed Mansoor welcomed the proposal as an effective way of attracting shoppers back to the region after footfall suffered due to anti-government demonstrations across the island state.

"The market is seeing less shoppers than before because of the current political situation and difficult access due to closure of the former GCC (Pearl) roundabout area,” he told the Gulf Daily News.

"Another problem is that the market requires a lot of walking from one building to another and everyone knows Bahrain's humid weather and heavy rains whenever it rains... The service will be provided at minimal price to shoppers and the businessman has agreed that most of his staff will be Bahrainis," he added.

A final decision on the scheme is due in the coming months.

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Glen 8 years ago

It is apparent that making money while putting shoppers and their children at risk is the prime objective of this iniative. You only have to go into one of the malls that provides this service to see the number of times that shoppers are harrased by being hooted at by these buggy drivers. The buggy drivers would call these window shoppers and their children jay walkers.
Maybe I am seeing this incorrectly, it could be part of a new road safety program, "Keep death off the roads, drive in The Malls"
The Malls have a service for the physically handicapped and provide wheel chairs, these dangerous buggies should be withdrawn from all Malls in the interest and safety of shoppers and their children.