First-of-its-kind project in the Kingdom of Bahrain to provide an Olympic-size swimming pool, seeking to transform sports sector into commercial activities
Al Seef District – BOC:
The Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) and the Bahrain Real Estate Investment Company (Edamah) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to construct a water sports complex in Bilaj Aljazayer.
BOC Secretary General, His Excellency Mohammed Hassan Al-Nusuf, and Edamah Chief Executive Officer, Amin Alarrayed, signed the MoU at the Bahrain Olympic Committee headquarters, with representatives from both organisations attending the signing ceremony.
Under the MoU, Edamah will provide the land for the project, to be built as a BOC initiative, pursuant to terms and conditions stipulated in the MoU.
“We are very pleased to cooperate with Edamah on the execution of this project, which falls in line with the vision of His Royal Highness Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Representative of His Majesty the King for Charity Works and Youth Affairs, National Security Advisor, and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, to transform the Kingdom’s sports sector into commercial enterprises,” said Al-Nusuf.
“The project is also aligned with the directives of His Royal Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, First Deputy President of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports and President of BOC. Its implementation will positively reflect on the sport of swimming in particular, and all water sports in general. The project highlights His Royal Highness’s enthusiasm in adopting various initiatives and ventures that enhance Bahrain’s status in the regional and international sports fields,” he added.
The first-of-its-kind project in the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Middle East will comprise an integrated water sports complex with movable facilities and parts that can be transported and re-installed as required. A key national facility, the complex will be equipped to accommodate diverse water sports and swimming activities, offering promising opportunities to elite swimmers and professional coaches, as well as swimming enthusiasts in general. Built according to the best international standards and specifications, the water sports complex is expected to attract many regional and international tournaments and championships. It is anticipated to become an ideal setting for training the best swimmers and organising formal competitions.
Stressing the importance of the project in supporting all types of water sports, Al-Nusuf said the water sports complex will house an Olympic-size open sea swimming pool (10 lanes and diving boards, 50 x 25 metres), half size Olympic pool (8 lanes and diving boards, 25 x 21 metres), and many other facilities.
For his part, Alarrayed said: “We are proud to collaborate with BOC by providing a suitable plot to realise a significant sports and tourism facility on Bilaj Aljazayer, located on the Southwestern coast of the Kingdom of Bahrain”.
“This affirms Edamah’s keenness in providing the necessary facilities to establish the project, to be built in line with the best international specifications on a well-developed marine area, turning it into an attractive environment for all swimming enthusiasts and fans, as well as citizens in general. We hope that this project will lead to establishing many other sports projects in Bilaj Aljazayer, contributing to the development of the sports sector in Bahrain,” he added.