Construction to commence on £1.5bn MaSQ project in Oman by 2019 end

WCN Editorial Team 9 Jul 2019 MIDDLE EAST BUILDINGS

Muttrah Tourism Development, a joint venture of Damac and the Oman Government’s tourism development arm Oman Tourism Development (Omran), will commence construction on the $2bn (£1.5bn) Mina Al Sultan Qaboos Waterfront (MaSQ) project in Oman, in November 2019.

The waterfront project, which involves transformation of the historical Mina Al Sultan Qaboos waterfront area, has already completed several preparatory activities in accordance with the project masterplan, which was approved by the Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Housing in Oman.

The waterfront mixed-use destination will comprise hotels, residences, F&B and leisure options, with the first package planned to be tendered in July 2019.  

Damac said that the prequalification has been completed for the main construction packages and the companies have been shortlisted to undertake various aspects of the integrated tourist port and lifestyle destination.

A spokesperson from Muttrah Tourism Development said: “The MaSQ project will give us Omanis the chance to showcase our rich culture to the world.”

An Environmental Impact Assessment Study, which was completed to assess the development’s impact on the surrounding environment, has also been approved by the ministry concerned.

The spokesperson added: “Along with transforming the area into a vibrant tourist destination, it is extremely important that sustainability studies are conducted while developing such an iconic location.

“In addition to adding value to Muttrah’s economic infrastructure, it is also necessary to protect the essence and well-being of the surrounding community.”

Damac said that the Discovery Centre located at the Al-Inshirah plot of the Muttrah corniche is nearing completion.
Planned to be opened to the public in the third quarter of 2019, the Discovery Centre offers views of the Muttrah corniche and Gulf of Oman. It will have an Omani art gallery as a tribute to the rich cultural influences of the historically significant location.

An undisclosed Omani firm has been selected to manage and maintain the Discovery Centre.

Image: The MaSQ waterfront mixed-use destination will comprise hotels, residences, F&B and leisure options. Photo: courtesy of Damac.

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