Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)



Mohamed Jaffer Ali Alhussaini

Country: Kingdom of Bahrain

Name: Mohamed Jaffer Ali Alhussaini

Company: Government of Bahrain

Position: Head of Strategic and Urban Planning

ITS Course: MSc Transport Planning & Engineering 2008

Since graduating from ITS with an MSc in Transport Planning and the Environment in 2008, I have been working for the Bahrain Government as the Head of Strategic and Urban Planning,  in the General Directorate of Urban Planning,  which is part of the Ministry of Municipalities.

In Bahrain, the Ministry of Municipalities and Urban Planning is one of the most important government agencies. It deals with the regions to ensure public participation in all aspects related to control, monitoring and implementation of building and advertising regulations, coordination between different government agencies on services and utilities provision, and manages land-use.

My role is to help implement the national strategic plan of ‘Bahrain 2030’, which consists of 10 core strategies. I am involved in the strategies related to land-use development such as; improving the main road network, land use analysis, protecting the environment and achieving sustainability.  Advising on the package of strategies to satisfy the goals of Bahrain 2030 involves preparing reports for decision-makers about how to achieve the desired high-level objectives. I coordinate the urban planning strategy at both regional and national level, managing a team of planners and reporting directly to the Undersecretary of Planning Affairs. 

I am currently part of a team supervising an external consultancy to develop planning tools and policies to improve urban planning processes.  The study includes developing a macro level transport model using Visum software, examining land-use and infrastructure utilities in parallel. This is an 18-month project which will deliver very important reports, such as on options for new legislative tools.

I am also working on a strategic level project across two Ministries, which is involved in allocating new sites for Ministry of Housing projects.  This is part of the Bahrain Economic Vision, which is seeking plans to overcome the housing problem and allocate a new land for development. The goal is to develop a model for social housing for local people, using planning criteria which take into account the road traffic that the development generates - the project deliverables include a Master Plan for the whole of Bahrain.

In December 2010 I finished my second Masters degree in City and Regional Planning from King Fahed University of Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi Arabia, via part-time study.  My two Masters degrees, plus my work experience, means I have the necessary skills to help my country to develop.