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Al Areen Holding Company Sets up Numerous Facilities within the Al Areen Wildlife Sanctuary

May 2007

Al Areen Holding Company today officially announced that it will be supporting the Al Areen Wildlife Sanctuary in the construction and renovation of several major facilities within the Wildlife Sanctuary.  

Dr. Ismael Mohammad Al Madani, Vice President of the General Commission for the Protection of Marine Resources (Environment and Wildlife), said: "We truly appreciate Al Areen Holding Company’s support towards the protection and development of Bahrain's wildlife. Their support is a clear vindication of the importance of promoting environmental tourism in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Al Areen Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1976 to protect rare and endangered wild plants and animals and over the last several years, the Wildlife Sanctuary has vastly grown in terms of the size and variety of species. In order for the Al Areen Wildlife Sanctuary to cater to the growing number of visitors and maintain its position as Bahrain’s distinctive destination, continuous development is undoubtedly required."

The facilities and services to be provided by Al Areen Holding Company include administrative offices, workers' residences, new green houses, bird and animal quarantines, new Oryx shelters, mosque renovation and the development of new water wells. The approximate cost for the construction and renovation of these services and facilities will be BD 750,000 (approximately US$2 million dollars). All these facilities will be provided by Al Areen Holding Company in addition to the Water Bird's Park and the Falcon Hospital previously developed by the company for the Wildlife Sanctuary.

Engineer Waleed Saffy, General Manager of Al Areen Holding Company, said: "Since its inception, Al Areen Holding Company has always been an environmentally-friendly company, supporting the environment and wildlife of the nation. As part of our strategic plan for the development of the Al Areen Development Project, a project valued at more than US$1.2 billion, a host of environmental issues and solutions have been carefully considered and incorporated to guarantee that the wildlife within the project is well-protected. Our close involvement with the Al Areen Wildlife Sanctuary compels us to perform our social and national duty towards enriching this tourist attraction. Al Areen Holding Company definitely aims to continue this relationship with the Al Areen Wildlife Sanctuary.”

The Al Areen development is considered as one of the most important real estate projects in the Kingdom of Bahrain. It extends over two million square meters in one of the most beautiful desert spots in Bahrain next to the Al Areen Wildlife Sanctuary.  The main component of the Al Areen development includes the recently opened Banyan Tree Desert Spa and Resort - Al Areen, the “Lost Paradise of Dilmun” Water Park due to open in the summer of 2007, Downtown Al Areen, Sarab Al Areen, Oryx Hills, Sunset Hills and many other residential, commercial, and entertainment components.