Bahrain Marina Development Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Social Insurance Organisation (SIO), has appointed Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts as Bahrain Marina’s hotel operators, which is scheduled to open by 2022.
The Shangri-La hotel will include 250 hotel rooms, 150 one to three bedroom suites, 8 beach chalets and 21 waterfront villas.
In addition, extensive recreational facilities and meeting facilities including five restaurants, a rooftop lounge, private beach, two outdoor pools, health club, kid’s club and a ballroom will feature, a statement said.
The first phase of the Bahrain Marina project, which runs on the eastern coastline of Manama, is expected to be completed by 2020.
The mixed-use development will include a five-star luxury hotel, hotel suites, freehold apartments and waterfront villas, shopping district, fully-integrated family entertainment and educational centre and a recreational waterfront space with F&B and retail spaces along with a yacht club.
Abdulrahman Yusuf bin Yusuf Fakhro, chairman of Bahrain Marina Development Company, said: “We are pleased to announce that we are bringing the Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts to the kingdom of Bahrain, which will highly contribute to the kingdom’s national economy and the development of the tourism sector.
"The Shangri-La name will undoubtingly attract tourists from all across the world, and more importantly provide job opportunities for promising Bahrainis.”
Oliver Bonke, Shangri-La International Hotel Management president and COO, added: “Bahrain is a strategically important destination for Shangri-La Hotels and we are delighted to partner in this opportunity with the Bahrain Marina Development Company.
“Bringing the iconic Shangri-La Hotel brand to Bahrain in the landmark Bahrain Marina will strengthen the destination as well as further enhance brand recognition in the region,” he added.