Majaal breaks ground on new Bahrain project
Manama, April 17, 2013
Majaal Warehouse Company, the leading provider of warehousing and industrial facilities for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), broke ground for the final phase of its initial $45 million development at the Bahrain Investment Wharf (BIW).
The project is being built by Abdulaal Construction Services and is scheduled for completion by the first quarter of next year.
Mohamed Salahuddin Consulting Engineering Bureau (MSCEB), which has designed the project, will also be providing the site supervision services, while Baker Wilkins and Smith (BWS) Middle East has been signed up to provide cost management services.
The groundbreaking ceremony held at the BIW construction site was attended by Abdulaal Construction Services chairman Ebrahim Abdulaal Al Fahad and general manager Robert Kirby, MSCEB vice president Thamer M. Salahuddin and executive director Sushil Kher, BWS senior quantity surveyor Rajadurai T besides Majaal head of development Yasser Abu Lughod and managing director Amin Al Arrayed.
This follows the signing of a new long-term tenancy agreement with the Abudawood Al Saffar Company, the Bahraini distributor for global and regional producers of fast moving consumer good (FMCG) companies such as Procter and Gamble, Clorox International and Campbell’s Soup Company.
The facility, once ready, will serve as Abudawood Al Saffar's new distribution centre, affirming Majaal's position as the preferred provider of industrial facilities in the Kingdom.
The new building represents a quantitative shift for the company. Being significantly larger than the existing structures at Majaal, this facility will offer raised flooring and truck docking bays for easy on and off loading along with higher ceilings for increased storage capacity.
The development will span a land area of 252,000 sq ft, providing a total leasable area of 145,000 sq ft when complete.
Commenting on the project, Amin Al Arrayed said, "We are very pleased to again appoint ACS, a member of Ebrahim Abdulaal Group of Companies, a reputed Bahraini firm operating since 1944, to construct these new facilities, in addition to the three buildings presently under construction which are nearing completion."
"It has demonstrated skill, professionalism and reliability in their execution and delivery of the present project. As we sincerely value partnership, we are very pleased to be continuing our relationship with ACS as we proceed together on this new project," he added.
Ebrahim Abdulaal Alfahad said this was its second joint project with Majaal. "Clearly we have met their expectations on the first development. We are determined to continue to prove ourselves in delivering another top quality project, within the timeframe and with attention to detail and quality - all deliverables that we are extremely confident of achieving," he stated.
Salahuddin said MSCEB was pleased to be implementing a new and innovative warehouse building design for the Majaal.
"We are pleased to see the realization of the Majaal vision and we will work hard with the team to ensure that the delivered building is everything we have planned for it to be. It is a privilege to be working together with such a professional team,” he observed.
Majaal is located within the Salman Industrial City at the BIW, providing easy access to Khalifa bin Salman Port and other major transport links in Bahrain. Once this phase is complete, Majaal will offer over 400,000 sq ft of secure, flexible and cost effective storage space, more than triple the space currently available.-TradeArabia News Service