Bahria Town is an Islamabad-based privately owned real-estate development company which owns, develops and manages properties across Pakistan.
History of Bahria Town:
Founded in late-1990’s, it established its first gated community exclusively developed for the elites in southern Islamabad and with some portions [Phase 8 and 9 (which also accommodate middle-class income families) ] in Rawalpindi, on the Grand Trunk Road, which by mid-2000s had expanded into nine phases divided into two compounds. Its second gated community opened in Lahore, which is influenced by Greco-Roman culture and is built in Southern Lahore. In 2015, it launched the Bahria Town Karachi. The largest of its gated communities, while Bahria Enclave Islamabad (launched in 2013) is the smallest of them. Most of these communities are large towns in their own right, its oldest community in Southern Islamabad spans over 16,000 hectares (40,000 acres). The under-construction Bahria Town Karachi spans over 16,000 hectares (40,000 acres) and it is the largest privately-owned residential community in the country. Combined, its projects have the capacity to house over a million people.
Apart from gated towns, the company owns several shopping complexes including the Mall of Lahore & the under-construction Mall of Islamabad. The chain of cinemas under the brand of Cine Gold, a chain of supermarkets under the banner of Green Valley Hypermarket & skyscrapers including the Bahria Icon Tower, which is the tallest in Pakistan. The group also is the developer of Grand Jamia Mosque, Lahore, which is the seventh-largest in the world and is constructing the third largest mosque in Karachi. The under-construction Rafi Cricket Stadium, when completed, will also be the largest in the country. On November 2016, Bahria entered into a contract with Hyatt to develop four properties across Pakistan, including two golf resorts, worth combined $600 million. The properties would be owned by Bahria.
Bahria Town Projects:
Bahria-projects usually house upper-middle and high-income Pakistanis. These communities have private security, ability to restrict access to non-residents and are energy independent from the national grid. Bahria gated communities are home to private schools including those operate by the company, private hospitals, hotels and commercial avenues. Bahria has been featured by international news agencies. Global-Post claimed that in 2013, Bahria houses some 100,000 people in Zone V, Islamabad alone. Newsweek calls it as Pakistan’s Gateway to Paradise. On October 6, 2011, the Los Angeles Times referred to Bahria as a ‘functioning state within a non-functioning one’. Bahria has been subject to controversies, it is referred to as a symbol of inequality, blamed for illegal encroachment of forests and illegal alliance with the military.
Bahria-Town is the force turning the vision of modern Pakistan into reality.
Project-Bahria-Town has been shaping landscapes and lives in Pakistan since the company’s inception in 1996. Not just building homes, They have developed value-added, master-planned communities housing thousands of families enjoying a complete living experience. When complete, projects such as the JV D&B Valley, Golf City, Garden City, Bahria Icon and many more under development will accommodate more than a million residents and will cover over 1 billion sq ft. Bahria_Town’s 25,000 employees are delivering USD 5 billion of iconic developments, driving leadership, pioneering innovation & creating a legacy for generations to come. Project_Bahria_Town is the prime mover of Pakistan’s real estate and construction sector.
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