Groundwork Begins at Historical Mina Sultan Qaboos

Muscat, Groundwork is now underway at Mina

Sultan Qaboos, announced DAMAC International today, the strategic

partner to the joint venture (JV) with Oman Tourism Development

Company (OMRAN), the government’s tourism development arm.

The transformation of the historical port into a USD 2 billion

integrated waterfront destination, which includes hotels, residences,

food and beverage, retail and entertainment offerings, is in line with the

National Strategy for Tourism 2040.

Since the initial announcement of the joint venture, extensive

project planning and place making research for Muttrah, the district

that surrounds the port, has been undertaken. This included third-party

studies, technical evaluation and traffic flow analysis. After the

masterplan was granted approvals from the Ministry of Tourism,

demolishment began as the joint venture prepared sub surfaces for the

first phase of construction.

The redevelopment of Mina Sultan Qaboos into an integrated lifestyle

destination stems from His Majesty’s vision of transforming the

historical centre of commerce in Muscat into a timeless and thriving

economic hub, said Dr. Ali bin Mas’oud al-Sunaidy, Minister of

Commerce and Industry, Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Council for

Planning (SCP), and Chairman of OMRAN. 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.

As we pave the way forward, and redefine urban development in the

Middle East, DAMAC once again confirms its commitment to

developing a world-class destination in Muscat, said Hussain Sajwani,

Chairman of DAMAC and the joint venture of the Port development.

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. The space will enrich visitors’

experience with the heritage of Muttrah while leveraging technology

tools, such as virtual reality gear, to explore the community’s rich past

and its visionary future. The centre will also showcase details of the

approved masterplan for the waterfront destination.

DAMAC was selected as the strategic partner of the joint venture

due to its successful track record in developing world-class residential

and leisure projects in the Gulf and around the world. DAMAC’s

extensive portfolio of luxury homes, hotels and international golf

courses in its home market of the UAE, Middle East and the United

Kingdom, make it the ideal partner for establishing an integrated

community-based destination that will attract global interest.

Source: Oman News Agency