MGAEC designs new $300m hotel in Bahrain

A $300m hotel, commercial and residential development has been unveiled by Nama International Real Estate (a subsidiary of Kooheji Global Holding) as part of the Bahrain Bay project in Manama.

Designed by MGAEC, the KGH Tower will be constructed in phases with the first phase consisting of a 4-star, 175-key hotel, 120 high-end apartments, luxury commercial offices, a multi-storey car parking facility, and retail amenities. This will be followed by a second phase which will incorporate 240 5-star hotel rooms into the complex.

Bahrain Bay is an immense 450,000 sq m development off the coast of Manama, master planned by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) and anchored by three ‘landmark’ projects.

The first is Raffles City Bahrain, a collection of high rise apartments, luxurious ‘sky villas’, serviced residences and retail units. Designed by Rafael Vinoly, the Raffles City Bahrain development comprises four curving towers which look out over the Arabian Gulf and Bahrain Bay totaling 4,300,000 sq ft of mixed-use space.

The second major scheme is the Arcapita Headquarters designed by SOM. Completed in August 2010, the building is an imposing glass and concrete structure, its cuboid form resting on two raised arches.

The third and final ‘landmark’ scheme is the Four Seasons Hotel, also designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, this time in collaboration with COWI. The hotel will offer 360-degree views to its guests from its central position on the core island.