Bahrain Marina Development Company (BMDC), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Social Insurance Organisation, has appointed Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts as the hotel management company for the hotel and waterfront villas located in Bahrain Marina, a waterfront complex currently under development in the capital of Manama.
The 310,000-square-metre Bahrain Marina stretches along a coastline in the heart of the city. The development will be positioned as the Kingdom’s premier lifestyle and leisure destination. In addition to the hotel, the multi-use complex will feature residences, a yacht club, shopping district, family entertainment centre and waterfront dining, retail and recreational spaces.
Within the complex, Shangri-La will manage a 250-room luxury hotel, 150 one- to three-bedroom suites, 8 beach chalets and 21 waterfront villas. Scheduled to open in 2022, Shangri-La Hotel, Bahrain will offer extensive recreational and meeting facilities, including five restaurants, a rooftop lounge, private beach, two outdoor pools, health club and spa, kids’ club and a 1038-square-metre ballroom.
“Bahrain Marina is designed to be a compelling and multi-activity coastal destination. Shangri-La will complement our efforts to create the city’s finest and most luxurious lifestyle destination,” said BMDC’s CEO, Yazan K Haddad.
“Bahrain is a strategically important destination for Shangri-La and we are delighted to partner in this opportunity with the Bahrain Marina Development Company,” said Shangri-La International Hotel Management Limited president and COO, Oliver Bonke. “Bringing the iconic Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts brand to Bahrain in the landmark Bahrain Marina will strengthen the destination as well as further enhance brand recognition in the region.”
Shangri-La currently operates six properties in the GCC, with hotels and resorts located in Qatar, Sultanate of Oman and the UAE. The group’s first hotel in Saudia Arabia, Shangri-La Hotel, Jeddah, will open next year.