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MPs rapped over bid to close club.

MANAGEMENT of a Juffair hotel have hit back at MPs who called for a new nightspot to be closed down less than a week after it opened.

Elite Group International, which owns the Elite Crystal Hotel, has defended the decision to open Klub 360i last Thursday.

Parliament voted in favour of closing down the venue on Tuesday, allegedly based on complaints from people living nearby.

However, Elite Group International chief operating officer Sarosh Aibara told the GDN the nightspot complied with all regulations.

He also stressed the hotel was located in a tourist area and not in a residential neighbourhood.

"I wish to assure you and your readers that our new outlet Klub 360i fully complies with all local regulations," he said.

"It is located in Juffair, which has about 25 hotels - many of which have nightclubs.

"Juffair has minimal local neighbourhood and this area has been developed over time to cater to tourism in Bahrain.

"In our immediate surroundings there are no local neighbourhoods, though we have a lot of tourism facilities."

Parliament voted to close the club after area MP Hassan Bukhammas claimed neighbours were upset about the noise and because the club had its own entrance, which meant customers didn't have to enter the hotel itself to get in.

He said he had received a petition against Klub 360i from nearby residents and claimed people would start holding demonstrations against the nightspot if no action was taken.

However, Mr Aibara said the hotel had already taken steps to ensure that customers visiting the venue had to go through the hotel lobby and denied that sound from the club was a problem.

"The club has restricted entry, which is regulated by membership, and from the initial concept it has entrances both from the hotel lobby and from outside to ensure safety and convenience," he explained.

"We are now operating the entrance from the hotel lobby only and the other door is used as a fire exit.

"We have employed a most accredited American company with over 50 years of experience specialising in sound technology, who have ensured that noise, acoustic and vibration control systems have been implemented.

"Hence, the external noise emissions are well controlled.

"There are many such outlets in Juffair and we are proud of our facilities, which have set new benchmarks in Bahrain and have been appreciated by clients, members of the business community and by media.

"Elite Group is known for encouraging family tourism and has always complied with all local regulations.

"Even at Elite Crystal Hotel and at Klub 360i, we have ensured the same strict compliance and again assure you that the nightclub interiors are not visible from the road level, or even from the lobby, and the acoustic shielding we have invested in ensures minimal noise levels.

"This may be verified and we would be happy to show this.

"We are not the only such outlet in Juffair and request that a new business with such heavy investment is given a fair opportunity to compete and set new standards in Bahrain."

Although parliament voted in favour of the urgent proposal to close the venue, which was co-sponsored by Mr Bukhammas and four other members of parliament's Bahrain Bloc, the issue will be forwarded to the Cabinet for a final decision.

alicia@gdn.com.bh

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