Groundwork is underway on the transformation of Muscat’s historic Mina Al Sultan Qaboos into a $2bn integrated waterfront destination.
The project, a joint venture between Oman Tourism Development Company (OMRAN), the government’s tourism development arm, and Dubai-based DAMAC International will involve construction of hotels, residences, food and beverage, retail and entertainment offerings.
Extensive project planning and research for the surrounding Muttrah area has already been undertaken, including third-party studies, technical evaluation and traffic flow analysis, OMRAN said in a statement.
After the masterplan was granted approvals from Oman’s Ministry of Tourism, demolition began as the joint venture prepared sub surfaces for the first phase of construction.
Dr. Ali bin Masoud Al Sunaidy, Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Council for Planning, Minister of Commerce & Industry and Chairman of OMRAN, said: “The first stage of this project aims to set the foundation for the transformation, enhance traffic management, while establishing the necessary framework that will cement local SMEs’ and Omani nationals’ progressive role within the project.”
Hussain Sajwani, Chairman of DAMAC and the joint venture of the MASQ development, added: “Working closely with local stakeholder, and after extensive planning which included architectural studies and technical due diligence, we have moved forward with the preliminary work that will prepare the port’s conversion into a premium tourism destination.”
The joint venture also announced plans to house an on-site discovery centre by the first half of 2019. Using tools such as virtual reality the centre will showcase details of the approved masterplan for the waterfront destination.