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The “Lost Paradise of Dilmun" Water Park at the Al Areen Development is Nearing its Final Stages

7 August 2006

The "Lost Paradise of Dilmun" Water Park at Al Areen is on target to complete by the end of this year. It is being developed by the Al Areen Holding Company at an investment of US$ 50 million. The water park covers an overall area of around 77,000 square meters, with a water park built-up area of 45,000 square meters and about 20,000 square meters for future expansion and car parking.

The "Lost Paradise of Dilmun" Water Park and The Banyan Tree Desert Spa & Resort are included in Al Areen’s first phase. The Al Areen development overall is being built over two million square metres in the southern region of the Kingdom of Bahrain close to the wildlife sanctuary. This US $1 billion luxury, mixed-use health, residential and family tourism development nestles in an elevated desert setting and will embrace a world-class spa resort, a state-of-the-art water park and a range of residential, commercial, recreational and entertainment facilities.

“The theme of this exciting water park is based on Bahrain’s rich history and the civilization of Dilmun”, explained Eng. Waleed Saffy, General Manager of Al Areen Holding Company. “At any one time, up to 4,000 visitors can enjoy its state-of-the-art facilities supplied by Canadian-based White Water West, the world’s leading water park equipment supplier. It has been designed and will be operated by Sim Leisure Consultants, a well-known Malaysian theme park operator,” he added.

Eng. Waleed Saffy pointed out: “The "Lost Paradise of Dilmun" will not only be constructed according to the highest and most sophisticated standards in the field, but it will also incorporate a vision of historic and aesthetic beauty. Hopefully, this entertainment facility will create at least 150 jobs opportunities."

In addition to providing a modern, hi-tech, family recreation facility, "The Lost Paradise of Dilmun" will recapture the ancient history of Bahrain by integrating it into the park’s theme. The water park will evoke the spirit of ancient times by drawing attention to the beauty of the Dilmun ruins, furthering the enjoyment of this facility by creating an escape into the past.

Bahrain’s first world-class water park will feature some of the latest water based amusement technology, providing fun for all ages with special facilities and play areas designed to keep children amused for hours on end.

The water park will have many exceptional features, such as an area for families to relax in, with shaded seating around the pool edges. All these special features will be encircled by a large swimming area.

There will also be the only wave pool with a sandy beach in the Middle East. This feature will be an enjoyment for people of all ages. There will be replicas of Dilmun ruins set up with water cannons and specially designed safety slides. The play area will have a range of theme-based, interactive play equipment with structures offering a dozen slides, water sprays, water curtains, mini tip buckets and a host of knobs, swivels and levers to adjust and direct a series of jets and sprays.

Around the wave pool and acting as a natural navigation path through the whole water park, a 320-metre-long lazy river will meander through a series of themed tunnels, each with wall paintings, replicated ancient artifacts and treasures and accompanied by sounds and visual effects.