Bahrain Mall Fire – 27 October 2013

The Bahrain Mall was evacuated safely on Sunday after a fire broke out on the first floor in women’s clothing store.  This is the second mall fire in Bahrain in as many months and follows on from the terrible Doha Mall tragedy fire in Qatar back in 2012 which killed 19 people including New Zealand triplets and 10 other children trapped in a nursery. 

I wonder how many of the many Malls in the Middle East have Business Continuity Plans in place.  Retailers should be demanding that they have them because whichever way you look at it, if the Mall is closed due to a disaster the retailers are the ones who suffer. 

Back in 2011 the Empire Shopping Gallery in Malaysia which suffered a major blast incident due to a gas leak was closed for two months before reopening.  Interestingly one of the mall tenants Infinity Consulting Technology were already up and running from their alternative site with 12 hours.  The company and its staffs’ quick response was attributed to the management’s decision to implement a Business Continuity Plan while ensuring that its manager were well trained and aware of their roles and responsibilities. 

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