The Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran) has unveiled the $390M first phase of the Mina Al Sultan Qaboos Waterfront project in Muscat, Oman.
The Mina Al Sultan Qaboos Waterfront development will feature business and residential zones, destination mall, six hotels, recreation amenities, tourist attractions, as well as docking facilities for cruise liners and yachts.
The first phase of the project will transform the current commercial Port Sultan Qaboos area into a major tourism-based development, spanning a 64-hectare area.
The development will be delivered in four separate phases, with the first expected to be completed by 2020.
Omran CEO James Wilson said: “Constructing this project is a challenging proposition but the success of that endeavour rests on how the project is established from the outset.
“Much of the architectural design will be concerned with providing low-energy sustainable solutions that draw inspiration from the rich architectural and cultural traditions of the Sultanate of Oman. The development will absolutely respect and compliment Oman’s rich historical context.
“Scheduled for completion in 2020, the Mina Al Sultan Qaboos Waterfront will integrate with and enhance the historical area of Muttrah, and combine traditional Omani aesthetics with modern technology, focusing on sustainability and harmony with the environment.
“Muttrah was for centuries the centre of commerce in Muscat and one of the largest sea ports in the region, with its location serving as an ideal hub for the Gulf region, African and the Indian sub-continent.”