H. E. The Minister of Works

    The Ministry of Works (MOW) is responsible for all infrastructure in the Kingdom of Bahrain, including the public road network, drainage systems, and public buildings. Its work -- which encompasses strategic planning, design, development, construction, project management and maintenance -- is carried out in accordance with the National Strategic Master Plan for Bahrain, outlook 2030. This national plan provides the legal framework for structural planning, strategic development and investment in the Kingdom, as well as a strong framework for development control. 

    The Ministry’s vision is to be a leading professional organization providing quality services to the people of Bahrain. This vision is based on two deliverables: increasing the quality of life for all who live in Bahrain, and supporting national development goals for economic progress. The Ministry’s commitment to developing Bahrain’s infrastructure has been reflected in increased budgets over the years. The goal of economic diversification has been supported with increased resources for upgrading Bahrain’s towns, villages, and urban areas and for supporting community development objectives.

    The Ministry is moving towards a model where it will manage the core business areas of sectoral planning, policy development and regulation as a high level project management body and optimize service delivery through outsourcing to the private sector.
    The Ministry’s Central Planning Organization (CPO) coordinates the planning and implementation of all public infrastructure projects across the public sector as well as major industries, such as oil and gas. The CPO has developed a novel and sophisticated Geographic Information System (GIS) to support this function.



    Works - Undersecretary

    The Undersecretary of Public Works Affairs oversees infrastructure activities spanning the Ministry’s roads and sanitary engineering sectors as well as its construction, strategic projects and technical services activities. This role includes responsibility for defining and implementing plans, policies, processes and resources.​


     Communications Directorate


    The Communications​ Directorate (COD) works to raise the profile of the Ministry of Works and portray the vital role it plays in providing public works services and contributing to the economic and social development of the Kingdom. COD aims to inform, educate and engage Ministry staff and a range of stakeholders about the Ministry’s mission and the goals of its business strategy. It enhances the Ministry’s status locally, regionally and internationally through corporate level announcements, business partner networking and online communications.
    A newly designated directorate, COD handles the Ministry’s media relations. It is both proactive and responsive, writing and issuing press releases when appropriate, responding to press and media enquiries by phone and in newspapers, and organizing media interviews and press events when necessary.
    COD plans, compiles and edits the Ministry’s corporate promotional publications, both internal and external. It develops and carries out promotional activities for, and organizes and manages, media attendance at corporate events. It also manages Ministry attendance at local, regional and international conferences and exhibitions.


    COD advises the Ministry’s departments and sections on all publicity and PR issues, including media liaison and promotional initiatives.

    The Community Services Group within the COD is responsible for responding to public feedback relating to the Ministry’s services. The group coordinates with all Directorates to resolve complaints in a timely and efficient manner; tracks the response time and works to improve it.




    AUS, Technical Services


    Technical services are undertaken through the Ministry’s Cost Engineering Directorate, Materials Engineering Directorate and Information Technology Directorate.  They come under the responsibility of the Assistant Undersecretary for Technical Services.​


    AUS, Human Financial Resources

    Human and Financial Resources are key to the Ministry’s operations and are undertaken through the Human Resources Directorate and the Financial Resources Directorate. These come under the responsibility of the Assistant Undersecretary of Human and Financial Resources.​


    AUS, Sanitary Engineering

    The Sanitary Engineering Sector of the Ministry of Works is responsible for the sanitary water network and all sanitary services in Bahrain in accordance with the Kingdom’s strategic National Plan. The Sector achieves this goal through the work of the Sanitary Engineering Planning & Projects Directorate and the Sanitary Engineering Operations and Maintenance Directorate.​


    Cost Engineering Directorate (CED)

    The Cost Engineering Directorate (CED) is responsible for all issues pertaining to the preparation and management of tender documents, and all tasks related to public works contracts during project implementation and maintenance.

    The CED manages contracting jobs and contracting agreements and oversees Ministry projects during maintenance periods. In addition to managing the tender process, it also handles the financial and legal aspects of tenders. The Directorate assesses and approves contractors for Ministry projects and acts as an arbitrator in the event of construction disputes.
    The CED ensures that all aspects of tendering and contracting that the Ministry participates in are conducted at the highest level and follow tender law and implementation regulations.



    The Human Resources Directorate (HRD)

    The Human Resources Directorate (HRD) plays a key role in supporting the goal of the Ministry of Works to become a leading professional organization. To achieve this goal, the Directorate strives to employ highly qualified people, as well as to continually enhance the performance and development of current employees. It ensures employees’ performance is aligned with the competency based needs identified by the Ministry. 
    HRD is focused on providing effective human resources management in addition to administrative and general support to the Ministry. It manages all personnel transactions and manpower planning and provides a variety of employee training and development programs. HRD continually enhances the Ministry’s recruitment process and develops innovative program to attract and retain highly qualified staff.

    The Construction Projects Directorate

    The Construction Projects Directorate (CPD) is responsible for the design, planning, execution, and quality control of public sector building projects in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The Directorate offers consultancy and advisory services to other ministries and government bodies and conducts structural surveys of existing buildings to ensure they meet safety regulations. It contributes to the preparation of cost estimates, bids and the awarding of contracts and oversees their implementation.
    The CPD has adopted a comprehensive system of internal checks and processes to ensure that all building projects are executed in a systematic manner and meet quality standards and building regulations as per the contract agreement.
    The CPD has three arms: Building Design, Building Construction Supervision, and Planning and Information.



    Sanitary Engineering Planning & Projects Directorate (SEPPD)

    The SEPPD plans, designs and constructs the sanitary water network across the Kingdom and is responsible for the rehabilitation and upgrade of old collection networks and sewerage treatment systems. Its work encompasses treatment stations, the rainwater drainage network and agriculture water drains.
    The SEPPD reviews and upgrades technical specifications related to sanitary works, and prepares and amends relevant executive laws and regulations. It reviews and evaluates advisory companies and contractors for major projects, and supervises the work to ensure conformity to project design and specifications. The Directorate provides technical and advisory services in the sanitation area for major projects carried out by government agencies and the private sector, and coordinates with government services and other institutions regarding planning and licenses.



     Roads Planning & Design Directorate

     The Roads Planning & Design Directorate oversees the development and expansion of the road network and the planning and management of traffic by constructing new roads and highways, improving intersections, installing traffic signals, and providing parking spaces and traffic safety features, such as road signs and markings, and traffic and pedestrian barriers. The directorate also provides related services to the public such as providing road levels (values) for developers, undertaking grading works for utilities, processing building permits, etc. and providing a variety of consulting services.​



    The Materials Engineering Directorate (MED)

    The Materials Engineering Directorate (MED) is responsible for quality assurance of all materials used in government projects in the Kingdom of Bahrain. This scope of work covers building materials, road materials and other materials used to construct new facilities and maintain existing ones. MED uses a range of testing criteria and quality assurance programs to verify the suitability of construction materials in terms of quality, environmental safety and cost benefits. It also ensures that the longevity of materials is aligned with their intended use and the life span of each project.
    The Directorate ensures that all materials used in building and road construction, as well as in sanitary engineering meet or exceed national specifications and standards. It also updates and modifies existing materials specifications to meet the demands of future development, while utilizing local materials in the best cost effective way. 
    The Directorate has four laboratories for its consulting and research services: the Building Materials Lab, Road Materials Lab, Chemical Analysis Lab and Geotechnical Engineering Lab. Its work in this area includes developing materials specifications, investigating reported construction problems, assessing and investigating existing structures, and providing quality assurance programs.



    The Information Technology Directorate (ITD)
    The Information Technology Directorate (ITD) is responsible for providing technical expertise and advice on all information technology issues. As such, it is a cornerstone in the Ministry’s mission to establish itself at the forefront of technology and technical expertise. Access to correct, up-to-date information is critical in fulfilling the multiple needs of sectors and Directorates.
    ITD draws up and implements strategic plans for the Ministry’s information systems based on the Ministry’s current and future requirements, and in co-ordination with top management and other relevant directorates. It also works to ensure that the Ministry’s information systems, applications, databases and networks meet stringent local and global specifications, best practices and standards.
    The Financial Resources Directorate (FRD)
    The Financial Resources Directorate (FRD) is responsible for all financial activities of the ministry. It safeguards the Ministry’s assets by ensuring that funds allocated to the Ministry through the capital and recurrent budgets are managed efficiently. To this end, it works closely with all Ministry departments, as well as directly with external contractors and suppliers.
    In addition to issuing financial statements and reports and ensuring adequate checks and balances, FRD ensures adherence to government financial standards. It provides advice to other Directorates on managing contracts and payments and assists in defining financial plans, policies, systems and procedures.
    The FRD is a major backbone directorate along with the other support directorates the Human Resources Directorate (HRD), the Information Technology Directorate (ITD) & the Cost Engineering Directorate (CED).



    The Building Maintenance Directorate (BMD)

    The Building Maintenance Directorate (BMD) is responsible for the maintenance, renovation and general repairs to all government owned buildings in the Kingdom, including public schools. It ensures that these buildings are in good working condition and have a regular maintenance program to prevent deterioration. It delivers this work through private contractors and strives to ensure the highest quality work using state-of-the-art materials and technological innovation.
    The Directorate carries out regular, unscheduled and emergency repairs in addition to restoration work on buildings. It also takes a supervisory role, providing technical advice to other ministries regarding maintenance contracts.