Bahrain has started handing over homes in the 6,000-unit Khalifa Town housing project.
So far, 421 units of the Gulf Development Programme-funded Khalifa Town's Phase 1 have have been completed. Phase 1 includes 1,560 residential units.
A handover process is now under way, and some people have already received the keys to their new home.
Khalifa Town will be able to accommodate 54,000 people within 6,000 housing units when it is fully built.
The progress update on Khalifa Town came as Bahrain's Minister of Housing, HE Bassim bin Yacoub Al Hamer, toured the construction site recently.
Al Hamer was told by the technical team that 862 units and 192 apartments in Khalifa Town will be completed by the end of 2018.
He also visited the site where 120 housing units will be built using a model prepared by Prince Charles' architecture charity, the Prince Charles Foundation for Building Community. A timeline for completion of these units is yet to be disclosed.
Al Hamer wrapped up his tour of Khalifa Town with a stop at two wastewater treatment plants, which will collectively process approximately 3,000m³ of liquid waste per day. An operational commencement date for the treatment facilities has yet to be revealed.
The site visit is part of HRH Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa's call to start delivering housing units in the town, according to Bahrain News Agency (BNA).
HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander, and First Deputy Prime Minister of Bahrain, is implementing this by encouraging the distribution of 5,000 units.
Meanwhile, Bahrain's Housing Ministry has an ongoing initiative to build up to 25,000 units, which stems from HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa’s directive to build 40,000 units in the country.