Spectrum of Initiatives
As an integrated, inclusive development, Diyar Al Muharraq is committed to creating a better, stronger, safer and more sustainable community for all to enjoy. The CSR vision incorporates a spectrum of initiatives which enrich the environmental, social and economic future of the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Diyar Al Muharraq has embraced three distinct tracks of CSR: environmental responsibility, community engagement and developing meaningful participation in nation-building. Whether supporting marine life by installing artificial reefs in key project waterways, engaging with grassroots community initiatives such as the Muharraq Communal Society, or embarking on a ground-breaking initiative with the Ministry of Housing to develop affordable housing, the organisation embraces good causes with enthusiasm and effectiveness.
Protecting the Environment
From the very beginning of the project, Diyar has taken responsibility for its environmental and social impact. A vital pillar in the organisation’s corporate value system and overall vision, Diyar Al Muharraq has outlined a clear strategy to protect the environment both on and around the development. By separating environmental responsibility from the usual CSR function, the organisation is able to focus on ensuring that it can implement the highest international standards for sustainability and environmental protection and make every green initiative count.
From using its connections in the community to build environmental awareness to partnering with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to improve the organisation’s environmental accountability, the organisation has always gone the extra mile to create a greener, more sustainable future.
A wide range of impactful environmental initiatives aim to create large-scale environmental benefits for future residents and other community groups. Regular beach clean-ups have Recycle IT assisted the government in developing an efficient waste e-management system, while artificial reefs were installed in many of the development’s waterways to encourage marine life to flourish.
Diyar Al Muharraq’s intrinsic links with the seas are part of its unique appeal. The islands’ coastal connection is core to the development, with waterways and canals a unique part of the masterplan. Featuring over 40km of beautiful coastline, half of which has been designated for public use, the project has dramatically increased Bahrain’s total coastal area. As part of this new marine ecosystem, Diyar Al Muharraq constructed artificial 250 reefs in waterways to encourage marine life to adopt it as a habitat. Regular beach clean ups with community organisations and the Muharraq Municipality invite the local community to take pride in the islands’ natural environment and act as stewards for its conservation. Many measures have been taken to protect the delicate marine ecosystem surrounding the islands, and to mitigate the impact of development in this area. Working in partnership with the General Authority for the Protection of Marine Resources, Environment and Wildlife, Diyar Al Muharraq also initiated a programme to replenish fish stocks in the open seas surrounding the project. Releasing juvenile species such as the Sobaity Bream into these areas aimed to increase fish stocks and promote the creation of designated marine protected areas.
Rasa Raya Harbour
Bahrain’s marine culture is part of the country’s intangible natural heritage, and Diyar Al Muhurraq has undertaken a number of efforts to keep these traditions alive. The organisation funded the creation of the BD 3.4 million Ras Raya Harbour, dedicated to the area’s fishermen. The modern, fully-equipped harbour covers an area of more than 100,000 square metres, with enough space to house 190 fishing vessels and 60 dhows. Its amenities include a fuel station, water tanks, storage units and workshop facilities.
Creating a thriving, diverse and integrated community underpins Diyar Al Muharraq’s philosophy. As part of its mission to create a better future for all, the organisation encourages staff and the wider community to engage with the most vulnerable sections of society. It pioneers a wide range of efforts to offer goodwill and support to the elderly and the needy. It collaborates with a range of NGOs and community initiatives, such as the Muharraq Communal Society, offering logistical support to projects such as beach clean ups or restoring the historic Muharraq market.
Diyar Al Muharraq is committed to supporting the Kingdom of Bahrain’s progressive goals as it looks towards the future. A development which celebrates diversity and inclusivity, the organisation has entered into a dynamic public-private partnership with the Ministry of Housing to develop affordable housing and integrated social housing projects for Bahraini nationals. Essential community services are a key part of the development’s masterplan, with community centres included in all residential developments across the islands to further enrich residents’ quality of life.
Since the project was first conceived, Diyar Al Muharraq has strived to preserve and protect the environment and mitigate the impact of development as part of a comprehensive Environmental Management Plan (EMP). The results of these efforts include a healthier environment and cleaner seas for the Diyar Al Muharraq community and visitors to enjoy. It also results in a smaller ecological footprint for the project, creating a legacy of environmental and social sustainability and improved wellbeing for generations to come. At all stages of the project, Diyar Al Muharraq aims to meet and surpass the most stringent international environmental standards.
Ongoing data-gathering efforts include baseline environmental studies, water quality monitoring, ecological monitoring and an Environmental Compensation Plan. It was the first development project in the GCC to adopt an Environmental Management System as part of its overall EMP, and has partnered with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to improve its own environmental impact assessment practices. To better manage potential environmental impacts, the project uses the DIANA system to get real-time environmental data, and contractors across the organisation are continually monitored by environmental experts in order to improve sustainability practices.