World-Class Aquarium planned for Bahrain

Abu Dhabi based developer Eagle Hills has entered a joint venture with Emaar Entertainment to bring a new aquarium and Underwater Zoo to Bahrain. Billed as the first of its kind in the kingdom, the attraction will span 26,900 square feet and expected to hold 360,000 litres of water and over 200 species of fish.

Black & White are Lead Consultant for Design Services for the aquarium which consists of a lower level underwater aquarium and a mezzanine aquarium research level featuring a 20-foot-long digital tunnel with multiple interactive digital exhibits. The attraction will house four different ecological zones: ‘Rainforest’, the ‘Ocean Trench’, the ‘Jellyfish’ (Boom Room) and the ‘Reef Zone’, which includes ‘Lab of the Future’. Strategically located tanks and immersive tunnels within the exhibits will allow visitors to come face-to-face with varied collections of aquatic life, enabling them to learn more about a wide array of marine species.

Setting a new benchmark for entertainment and leisure experiences, the aquarium and underwater zoo will play a key role in both local and regional tourism. Working alongside notable entities such as Emaar Entertainment, Black & White provided full design services to RIBA 4 BIM LOD 300. The client’s vision and the appointment of a first in class consultant team and client representative will create an aquarium comparable to other world-class aquariums across the globe.

“This project further demonstrates Black & White is the go-to consultant for complex engineering projects. We have also successfully provided lead consultant services, which enhances our growing reputation as a lead designer, managing our specialist partners who I thank for their commitment to the project.” says Jamie Darragh, Technical Director from our Dubai office.

The project will be installed at the Marassi Galleria shopping mall set to open in the kingdom in 2021.