$50mn Bahrain waterpark to open in ‘08

Bahrain’s $50 million Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park will open in August 2008, according to Gulf Daily News.

The attraction, which is part of the massive Al Areen development, aims to showcase Bahrain’s long and rich history. Spread across more than 70,000 square metres, the waterpark is being developed with the active support of the Government of Bahrain, and will be fitted with the latest water park equipment from Canada-based White Water West.

Upon completion, the total built-up area of The Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park is estimated to attract over 200,000 visitors per year. Additionally, over 20,000 square meters have been earmarked for future expansion and car parking.

The water park and its integrated landscaping have been designed to enhance the contours of the existing hilly terrain adjacent to the Al Areen Wildlife Sanctuary, infusing them with historically symbolic structures and motifs. The differentiating components of the water park will include a 300-meter long lazy river encircling a giant wave pool that features a sandy shore.

In addition to its natural appeal, the lazy river will also act as a navigation path through the entire water park. It will flow through a series of themed secret tunnels lined with wall paintings, ancient artifacts, treasures and the accompaniment of state-of-the-art sound and visual effects.


The Al Areen Development

The US$ 750 million Al Areen development is a vast and luxurious mixed-use health and family tourism development, located in the southern region of the Kingdom of Bahrain, next to the Al Areen Wildlife Sanctuary and close to the Bahrain International Circuit. Anchored around a spa and resort, operated by Banyan Tree, and a world-class water park, the project will develop a two-million square meter desert area to provide over two thousand villas, six hundred apartments, a large shopping mall, and hotels. The site is located within a thirty-five minute drive from Bahrain International Airport, and is approximately 20 minutes from the King Fahad Causeway and the central business district.