BTEA signs Agreement with Edamah to Manage and Operate Galali Waterfront Project Management

The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) has officially signed an agreement with Bahrain Real Estate Investment Company (Edamah), the real estate arm of Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company, whereby Edamah will take over the management and operation of the Galali Coast Waterfront Project, scheduled to commence in the second quarter of 2024.

The signing ceremony was held in the presence of Sarah Ahmed Buhiji, CEO of Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority,  Christopher Calvert, CEO of Edamah, and staff members from both entities.

Sarah Ahmed Buhiji, CEO of Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority, commented, “Our strategic collaboration with Edamah underscores the importance of seamlessly aligning the tourism and real estate sectors. This integrated approach aims to cultivate mutual growth and fortify collective contributions to the Kingdom’s prosperity”.

Buhiji added: “It is a pivotal component of our ongoing endeavours at the Authority to realise Bahrain Tourism Strategy 2022-2026 objectives. This strategic vision places a strong emphasis on advancing the marine tourism sector and strategically developing waterfronts that not only resonate with global tourists but also serve as attractive investment hubs, propelling Bahrain’s overall tourism development”.

Buhiji emphasised BTEA’s commitment to reinforcing and continually strengthening relationships with all private sector partners. This is in line with the Authority’s dedication to providing exceptional services to both tourists and investors. The collaboration with Edamah is geared towards advancing Bahrain’s tourism infrastructure and enhancing its attractiveness and competitiveness.

Furthermore, the CEO of BTEA expressed confidence in the positive impact of the partnership with Edamah, foreseeing the Galali Waterfront Project as a significant addition. It is anticipated to elevate the Kingdom’s tourism potential as a pivotal developmental feature, addressing diverse tourism requirements.

Christopher Calvert, CEO of Edamah, said: “We take great pride in inking this strategic partnership with the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority, which underscores its significance in bolstering the prosperity and sustainability of the tourism sector, particularly in diversifying coastal offerings and marine activities.”

Calvert emphasised Edamah’s eagerness to leverage its extensive experience in the management and operation of tourism facilities to fulfil the tourism aspirations of the Galali Coast Waterfront Project. This commitment aligns with supporting BTEA initiatives to advance the tourism sector, contribute to the national economy, and develop tourism facilities that adhere to international standards, thereby strengthening the Kingdom’s global tourism standing.

The Galali Coast Waterfront Project stands as the newest tourist attraction in the Muharraq Governorate, spanning the road leading to Amwaj Islands and covering an expansive area of 100,000 square meters. This innovative development is set to feature a diverse array of services, restaurants, entertainment venues and engaging events. The inclusion of these elements aims to enhance Bahrain’s position on the tourism map, solidifying its appeal as a sought-after destination.


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