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Gareth Doherty

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520285019

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520285019.001.0001

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The Struggle for the Manama Greenbelt

The Struggle for the Manama Greenbelt

(p.91) 5 The Struggle for the Manama Greenbelt
Paradoxes of Green

Gareth Doherty

University of California Press

This chapter maintains that no area in the country shows the paradoxes of Bahrain's greenery better than the Manama greenbelt. The idea of preserving a green area situated west of the capital originated in the early 1970s. Most people seem resigned to the fact that despite intentions of protecting the greenbelt, the greenery will likely be depleted and replaced with new buildings. These new developments are still curiously colored green, however, often even greener than the palms they replace. The main argument for the preservation of the greenbelt centered on the fact that the Manama master plan adequately provided for twenty to thirty years of urban growth, and there was a need for a recreational open space near the dense urban center that Manama would become.

Keywords:   Bahrain, Manama greenbelt, greenery, urban growth, recreational open space

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