Infrastructure work on the Saudi-funded King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Medical City in Bahrain is being split into four phases, a Bahraini minister has announced, with construction on the project’s Academic Medical Centre expected to complete within 24 months.
According to reports on Bahrain News Agency (BNA), Eng Ahmed Abdulaziz Al Khayat, undersecretary at Bahrain’s Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs, and Urban Planning, revealed these details.
Phase 1 includes the implementation of electricity, water and sewage networks, and firefighting, irrigation, and rainwater drainage systems, in addition to the construction of internal roads and installation of street lighting.
Construction of a main power plant with a voltage of 66kV to supply the city with electricity will make up the second phase, BNA reported, with the third and fourth phases set to include the construction of a sewage plant and the development of the roads networks surrounding and leading to the city.
The Government of Bahrain is overseeing the project’s infrastructure development, and has instructed the Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning to implement the work. The scheme is funded through GCC Development Programme under the supervision of Saudi Fund for Development (SFD).
The giant medical city project is being financed through a $267m (SAR1bn) grant from the late Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and will be built on a 100ha Durrat Al Bahrain plot donated by HM King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain.
Dr Khalid Saeed Tabbarah, deputy president of Arabian Gulf University, said the start of the infrastructure works coincides with construction of the development’s Academic Medical Centre.
Its construction is expected to be completed within 24 months, he added, stating that it would receive patients in the first months of 2021.