Bahrain plans to build 50,000 homes in $5.3bn drive

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Bahrain plans to build 50,000 homes in $5.3bn drive

  • on: March 08, 2011, 11:46:35 AM
Below are two articles one published in March 2009 (before MJ's disappearance) and then another article published today March 2011... two years later.  Basically it tells the same story.  However, what caught my eye was the words in the articles 50,000/Bahrain/five-year plan/10,500 plots and so on...

My take is that MJ has been planning this since his trial in 2005 and this was one of the things on his mind that he wanted to see change with.  I bet he toured the ghettos and saw what was going on there and wanted to help.  Again, two articles which mirror each other but surfacing at different times.

Bahrain's housing minister has announced plans to build 50,000 homes at a cost of more than $5.3bn, as the government reacts to protests gripping the kingdom.

Majid al-Alawi said the decision to embark on the massive building programme was made in the light of a housing waiting list topping 46,000.

He said in comments published by the official BNA News Agency that the five-year plan would be in cooperation with the private sector and would take place in different provinces of the kingdom.

"The initial cost is estimated to be at least two billion Bahraini dinars," BNA quoted Alawi as saying, adding that he expressed "hope that this order helps to contribute to forwarding the national dialogue."

He also announced that designs for the homes would be completed within a month, adding that 2,000 units would be completed and distributed to recipients soon.

"We have enough land to accommodate housing projects for the coming three years", he said, stressing the leadership’s pledge to provide more land.

Citing updated figures, he revealed that the number of applications on the waiting list topped 46,000. The ministry plans to reduce the waiting period to a maximum five years by 2016.

Anti-government protests in Shiite-majority Bahrain, which is ruled by a Sunni dynasty, continued this week, amid a wave of pro-democracy unrest that has gripped the region for weeks and toppled autocratic regimes in Egypt and Tunisia.

Bahrain's rulers have announced various other economic and political initiatives aimed at assuaging protesters' anger.

On Saturday, the interior ministry announced a plan to recruit 20,000 employees.

On February 26, King Hamad changed five of his ministers, in a move that saw Alawi, who was formerly minister of labour, appointed to the housing portfolio.

And on February 22, the king ordered the release of Shiite political prisoners, in another bid to ignite talks to end the standoff with anti-regime protesters. ... 85507.html

ABU DHABI // More than 50,000 homes will be built for Emiratis over the next 20 years, the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) said yesterday. Tens of thousands of Emiratis have applied for government housing and the waiting list is up to five years long, so the announcement was warmly welcomed and heralds much needed relief to a housing crisis that has resulted in spectacular rent increases and forced many people to commute from cheaper areas, such as Buraimi in Oman.

About 30,000 houses will be constructed in Abu Dhabi and 20,000 in Al Ain at an initial cost of Dh25 billion (US$6.8bn) in the first three years. Both cities suffer from an acute shortage of housing, with demand estimated to exceed supply by a third, with the result being that house prices and rents have soared by as much as 80 per cent in 12 months. Falah al Ahbabi, the general manager of the UPC, said the Government currently had Dh25bn to develop infrastructure and public housing for Emiratis over the coming two to three years.

But he emphasised that the long-term budget for Emirati housing was "much greater than Dh25bn". The initial projects in Abu Dhabi include 5,000 houses in Al Falah, 10,500 plots in Shamkha South Shamkha, about 13,000 in Al Wathba and 2,000 to 3,000 in central Shamkha. In the Al Falah development, which is the furthest advanced, the houses are being built by Aldar Properties and are scheduled for completion next year.

Mr al Ahbabi said the Government was reviewing the project and would soon sign a formal deal with the developer. "People will be able to live there by the end of 2010," he said. Projects in Al Ain include more than 6,000 units to be built by Al Qudra Real Estate in Ain Al Fayda, while Tamouh, another developer, is to deliver more than 3,000 in the Jebel Hafeet area. Sorouh Real Estate will develop 2,000 to 3,000 units in Abu Dhabi.

"It is not like we are building and then the people will come," said Mr al Ahbabi. "There are already 15,000 applications right now for Emirati buildings. Emirati housing is the most important item for us right now. It is a hot topic." Emiratis yesterday welcomed the locations of the planned projects and said they would provide greater choice for those looking for accommodation. Jumaa Ahmad, a lorry driver who lives in Al Bahia, said the location of the new houses would be popular among Emiratis.

"They should build more projects in such areas, because we Emiratis are Bedouins. "We like the desert. Cities are good for businessmen and city dwellers, but we prefer to live in areas like Shamkha. "It is never too late to find homes for us, but a lot of the houses we build, we eventually rent out to expatriates and then we complain that we can't find anywhere to live." "It's a good idea," added Amal al Braiki, who works in Abu Dhabi and lives in Al Ain with her parents.

"The rent in the city of Abu Dhabi is very high, especially if you want a spacious house in good condition. "Us Emiratis like big houses, even if we don't have big families, because we always keep in mind if we have extended family staying over. We won't be happy with just a one-bedroom apartment. "Right now, the trend is that you either live with your parents or you apply for a house from the Government."

It will not be known until later whether Emiratis will be provided with free homes in the new communities or will have to pay for their properties. The UPC said that in cases where Emiratis were buying, they would be given assistance with finding a home loan. No estimate of the probable prices of the houses was available. According to the estate agency Cornerstone, demand for house purchases among Emiratis is holding up, despite the weakness in the housing market.

"The local market is doing very well," said Ziad Bushnaq, the chief executive. "We are working with Al Qudra on villas in Ain al Fayda. Around 70 per cent of what we sold in February was local." ... -new-homes
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Gee I wonder where they are planning to get the money...since the country is Bankrupt...and now the people are trying to oust the dictator.

The back story on how Bahrain really operates and treats the people is pretty sad.
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