Tuesday, April 05, 2005

The dilating Bahraini Archipelago

A useful clear map of Bahrain, click to enlarge:

Map of Bahrain today

Courtesy of Bahrainonline.org

Future map of Bahrain with all proposed plans of dredging and land reclamation:

Are there no international regulations regarding dreding? What are the environmental effects of this? Can man play with nature like this? My friend was telling me that there is a high chance all this reclaimed land can sink in the sea in the future? What if the sea level rises?

Posted by BB @ 4/05/2005 06:54:00 PM

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You'll probably find that this is just an engineering project of a hypothetical future expansion of Bahrain and wouldn't give it much credence at the moment.

However, as I cannot access BahrainOnline, can you tell us if there are any specifications posted with this scans? Concrete plans or studies undertaken and why the map was created in the first place?

Posted by Anonymous Mahmood Al-Yousif @ 4/05/2005 08:26:00 PM #

Well, I put the two maps together from different sources.

The first one is from Bahrainonline and outlines the governates and towns. The second was doing the rounds by email, so no reliable source. However, I do suspect it is a leak of some sort, and I don't think that it is that far-fetched hypothetically speaking. The reclamation in the Northern part of the island is supposed to start soon extending the Duraz precinct to make way for a whole new town.

The other reason is that I think certain 'howameer' have realised the profitability of the reclaimed land and selling off plots of unregistered land. At the end of the day who does reclaimed land in the sea belong too before it gets registered?

Its common knoweledge that certain officials have laughed all the way to the bank by throwing a few tonnes of sand in the sea and then selling it off at xBD per square foot.

Posted by Blogger Bahrania @ 4/05/2005 10:38:00 PM #

This looks like it's out of some sort of science fiction movie. It's more than doubled the size of the island.

Hypothetically, anything can happen. I don't see the feasability of a project like this. For what it would cost to dredge up that much land for what seem to be bedroom communities is near ridiculous.

Dredging land usually yields commercial or public use land, it's the only way to break even. Filling in for one town seems ambitious to me (but I haven't crunched the numbers), sprouting entire county-sized islands from nowhere seems like a pipe dream. Especially when the largest of those islands are being drawn out in the deeper channels around Bahrain. And those bridges to connect them? There's a reason why the yellow brick road is named after King Fahd. We couldn't pay for it!

Two things the reading public have to consider. For one, it brings up the matter of population growth. Where will everyone live and work? Secondly, how are you going to pay for something like this?

Remember, the palm islands in Dubai were all dredged. You and I couldn't afford a square inch on it.

Posted by Blogger Desert Island Boy @ 4/06/2005 07:25:00 AM #

Well the government seems to be preparing for a lot of future dredging. From today's GDN:
Dredging firm to set up base
MANAMA: An Indian government corporation that carries out dredging activities around the world is to establish a regional office in Bahrain, it was revealed yesterday. The Dredging Corporation of India (DCI) is already involved in dredging work in Bahrain.

Hmmm... most interesting.

Posted by Blogger Chanad @ 4/06/2005 11:52:00 AM #

Looks like you where right again Bahrania. At least in healthy scepticism.

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