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Unique swimming facility opened

Bahrain has inaugurated a first-of-its-kind open water swimming facility at the Bilaj Al Jazayer Beach located on the south western coast of the country. The Olympic Aquatic Complex, comprising a 50-m 10-lane pool as well as a 25-m eight-lane pool, was built by the Bahrain Olympic Commitee, reported the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.


Kuwait to build ‘logistic cities’

Kuwait is planning to establish logistic cities on the land recently recovered through court rulings across the country, reported Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).

These will mainly cater to the needs of small, medium and large companies and this comes as part of the government’s efforts to support local trade and attract global investments, stated the report, citing a senior port official.

“The projects for these lands spanning over 2 million sq m have already been submitted to leading global architecture and design offices,” said Sheikh Yousef Al Abdullah, Director General of the Ports Corporation.

According to him, plans are afoot to establish the first land port in Kuwait to serve the passage of goods and merchandise that transit the country’s land borders, thus reducing the accumulation of trucks on the borders, in coordination with (Customs) and the Ministry of Interior.

The land port will be located near the Shuaiba port, he added.

All these initiatives are aimed at making Kuwait a centre for re-export and shipping to some neighbouring countries, stated Abdullah.


Kimmco wins SeaWorld deal

Kimmco-Isover, a leading Kuwait-based manufacturer of glass mineral wool insulation solutions for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) applications, has won a contract to supply insulation for acoustic ceilings package at the SeaWorld Abu Dhabi on Yas Island.

 The landmark marine life park is being jointly developed by Abu Dhabi developer Miral and SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. On completion, it will feature the world’s largest aquarium and the first dedicated marine life research centre in the UAE.

Featuring a unique design offering immersive experiences, the park will also include a research and rescue centre and educational learning experiences for all local and international visitors to enjoy, it added (see Leisure Facilities, Page 45).