In implementation of the decision of His Highness the Crown Prince and the Prime Minister to announce the details of the issuance of the regulatory requirements for construction in the various regions in Bahrain
Her Excellency Mrs. Amna bint Ahmed Al-Rumaihi, Minister of Housing and Urban Planning, confirmed that the development and development witnessed by the Kingdom of Bahrain at all levels and in various fields, especially in the urban planning sector, comes under the leadership of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of the Great Country, may God protect him and his patronage of national policies related to national policies. In this sector, which enjoys continuous follow-up by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Prime Minister and Chairman of the Higher Committee for Urban Planning, may God protect him.
This came during a press conference held by Her Excellency Mrs. Amna bint Ahmed Al-Rumaihi, Minister of Housing and Urban Planning, and Eng. Ahmed Abdulaziz Al-Khayat, CEO of the Urban Planning and Development Authority, to announce the regulatory requirements for construction in various regions in the Kingdom of Bahrain, which comes in implementation of Resolution No. (56). For the year 2022 issued by His Royal Highness, the Crown Prince, the Prime Minister, may God protect him, and within the framework of the plans and strategies of the Urban Planning and Development Authority since its establishment in 2017, and to complement its tireless efforts to meet the needs of the urban and real estate sector.
The Minister of Housing and Urban Planning said that the authority's vision is based on achieving sustainable urban development for the Kingdom of Bahrain, by finding innovative means for reconstruction and development and introducing technical and planning standards that keep pace with aspirations. Sustainable, exemplary and comprehensive land planning in line with the National Strategic Structure Plan 2030.
She added that several goals stem from this vision, which are value-added development projects, an effective development role in the economy, structural plans that meet the needs, creative solutions for urban development, innovative means for reconstruction and development, technical and planning standards that keep pace with aspirations, and high-quality planning services.
Al-Rumaihi pointed out that the Kingdom of Bahrain is one of the first countries in the region to set construction regulations, laws and policies, and has been constantly updating them to keep pace with the rapid urban changes. 1981 AD a detailed decision clarifying some planning criteria for the initial version of the requirements, and in 1998 the regulatory requirements for reconstruction, the development of building areas and the formation of committees were reorganized, in order to keep pace with the urban requirements at the time.
She added that just as the areas of the buildings were updated to the areas of investment buildings for the year 2005, in 2009 the last update of the decision of the regulatory requirements for construction, through which the commercial district area in the Seef area and the standards for car parking were created, the Urban Planning and Development Authority, and the follow-up of His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, Chairman of the Council The Ministers, Chairman of the Higher Committee for Urban Planning, may God protect him, prepared planning studies with all relevant and specialized sectors over a period of 6 months. Workshops were also held with the attendance of more than 150 participants from all governmental and private sectors, associations, engineering offices and real estate developers, in the light of which the requirements were prepared. The Regulatory Authority for Development in its updated version, which contains 400 articles and the creation of 35 classifications, in order to develop the level of urban and economic development in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Eng. Ahmed Abdulaziz Al-Khayyat, CEO of the Urban Planning and Development Authority, said about the regulatory requirements for urbanization, where he said that after preparing the planning and strategic studies, a number of challenges were overcome, including not linking land uses to the existing classifications by creating classifications that keep pace with the uses and in line with the strategic structural plan National 2030.
He stated that in response to future needs in light of the growing urban development in the Kingdom of Bahrain, 35 classifications have been created, bringing the total number to 79, which can be included in various types within the National Strategic Structure Plan 2030, with clear regulatory requirements for uses in the various new classifications.
The CEO of the Urban Planning and Development Authority pointed out that the authority follows a policy of participation and continuous follow-up to the needs of real estate owners and their suggestions, and that the amendment of the regulatory requirements for construction and the creation and treatment of a number of classifications came in response to the owners' needs and in line with the requirements of urban development and the real estate market.
Regarding the most prominent classifications that have been developed, Al-Khayyat states that they are:
High-end residential RV villa areas, which are for residential plots with an area of not less than 600 square meters, and this classification came to meet the required need for residential villas.
Special classifications of apartments and stopping the double classification (houses and apartments), and came to preserve the privacy of the residential area and reduce randomness in residential areas.
Green Public Areas - OS, which are open public areas with low build-up.
Green building areas, an example of which is the Green Belt, where buildings were allowed in order to preserve the agricultural area and the optimal investment for this real estate.
Hotels and Resorts Areas - HLR.
Restaurants and cafes areas - FB. An example of the areas that will be classified is Block 338 in Al-Qudaibiya.
Gas station areas, in response to the urgent desire for this activity.
Workers’ accommodation areas, this classification has been developed.
Development projects for the private sector, and this classification came to attract investors, as it allows freedom and flexibility in defining the urban features of development projects.
In addition, 7 other classifications were created for the areas of community services (sports, health, educational, religious, etc.).