BTEA and Edamah sign management deal

BTEA and Edamah sign management deal

The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) has officially entered into a partnership with Edamah (Bahrain Real Estate Investment (C)the real estate arm of Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company. The collaboration involves the management and operation of the Galali Coast Waterfront Project, scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2024.


Attending the signing ceremony were Mrs. Sarah Buhijji, CEO of Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority, Mr. Christopher Calvert, CEO of Edamah, and several staff members from both entities.


In accordance with the agreement, Edamah will take charge of managing and operating the Galali Waterfront Project for five years. Additionally, its responsibilities encompass facilities management, leasing, and marketing of the commercial units within the project. Edamah will also introduce and develop new services and concepts to enhance the project’s offerings, along an effective marketing strategy to ensure Heightened visibility of this waterfront venture.


The Galali Coast Waterfront Project stands as the newest tourist attraction in the Muharraq Governorate, spanning the road leading to Amwaj Islands and covering an expansive area of 100,000 square meters. This innovative development is set to feature a diverse array of services, restaurants, entertainment venues and engaging events. The inclusion of these elements aims to enhance Bahrain’s standing on the tourism map, solidifying its appeal as a sought-after destination.


Mrs. Sarah Buhijji, CEO of Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority, commented, “Our strategic collaboration with Edamah underscores the importance of seamlessly aligning the tourism and real estate sectors. This integrated approach aims to cultivate mutual growth and fortify collective contributions to the Kingdom’s prosperity.”


Mrs. Buhijji added: “It is a pivotal component of our ongoing endeavors at the Authority to realize the objectives outlined in the Kingdom of Bahrain’s tourism strategy for the years 2022-2026. This strategic vision places a strong emphasis on advancing the marine tourism sector and strategically developing waterfronts that not only resonate with global tourists but also serve as attractive investment hubs, propelling Bahrain’s overall tourism development.”

Mrs. Buhijji emphasized BTEA’s commitment to reinforcing and continually strengthening relationships with all private sector partners. This is in line with the Authority’s dedication to providing exceptional services to both tourists and investors. The collaboration with Edamah is geared towards advancing Bahrain’s tourism infrastructure, enhancing its attractiveness and competitiveness.

Furthermore, The CEO of BTEA expressed confidence in the positive impact of the partnership with Edamah, foreseeing the Galali Waterfront Project as a significant addition. It is anticipated to elevate the Kingdom’s tourism potential and function as a developmental feature, addressing diverse tourism requirements.


Mr. Christopher Calvert, CEO of Edamah, expressed his satisfaction with the establishment of this strategic partnership with the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority. He underscored its significance in bolstering the revitalization and sustainability of the tourism sector, particularly in diversifying coastal offerings.


Mr. Calvert emphasized Edamah’s eagerness to leverage its extensive experience in the management and operation of tourism facilities to fulfill the aspirations of the Galali Waterfront Project. This commitment aligns with supporting the Authority’s initiatives to advance the tourism sector, contribute to the national economy, and develop tourism facilities that adhere to international standards, thereby strengthening the Kingdom’s global tourism standing.