Arad Bay Protected Area & Park
The opening of Arad Bay Protected Area & Park was within the framework of the environmental strategy of the Supreme Council for the Environment to revive and rehabilitate natural sites in the Kingdom of Bahrain and promote eco-tourism. In 2010, His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Personal Representative of His Majesty the King and President of SCE opened the facility, which is located in Muharraq and adjacent to the Bahrain International Airport. The park includes the largest walkway in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The walkway provides a good opportunity to practice walking in a beautiful environment that boasts breathtaking natural scenery.
The inauguration of the park coincided with the United Nations’ proclamation of 2010 as an International Year of Biodiversity, under the theme “Mainstreaming Biodiversity; Sustaining People and their Livelihoods”.
Costing BD 10 million, the park features a 3.3 kilometer-long and a 3 meter-wide walkway. Arad Bay Protected Area & Park is also linked by four bridges which were designed in a distinctive and non-traditional way, with two bridges for pedestrian crossings, the first bridge links the south of the park to Arad City and the second links the west of the park to the Muharraq Grand Garden. There is also an internal bridge that links the two ends of the walkway to the Arad – Muharraq Causeway as well as another internal bridge near the Moevenpick Hotel.
The Arad Bay Protected Area contains the tidal environment in which important living creatures live and contribute effectively to the marine ecosystem and serve multiple species of resident and migratory birds in the lake. The sanctuary is a natural incubator for small fish, plankton and seaweed, whose stockpile is enriched by tide movement coming from the bridge exit leading port to the sea.
Arad Bay is one of the most important coastal mangrove reserves in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The mangrove trees have been planted in a thoughtful way in order to enhance the cohesion of the soil and provide a safe haven for small fish. Millions of small and micro-organisms that are important for the marine environment live in the sands of this protected marine sanctuary.
The park includes grass areas, palm trees, games for children, shaded loungers around the lake, a main large fountain, small fountains and waterfalls, restaurants, a prayer room for men and another for women, toilets, along with parking lots that can accommodate up to 600 cars, divided into two sections, one is located in the west of the park and the other in the east.