Thursday, 21 Jan 2021
The National Program for Enhancing Economic Diversification’s (Tanfeedh) Implementation Support and Follow-Up Unit (ISFU) has outlined a strategy to have iconic tourism projects as well as luxurious properties in the sultanate.

ISFU draws method to produce Iconic Tourism Projects in Muscat

Under the ‘Iconic Tourism Projects’ category, ISFU has identified 4 projects getting created by the private sector, to boost the all round appeal of the nation amongst vacationers. The 4 projects that will add to the mix of offerings in Muscat are Mount Wellness District, Oman Riviera, Mina Sultan Qaboos Waterfront Development and Al Mouj.

Under the ‘Delivery of ITCs/Hotels/Themed Attractions’ category, ISFU is functioning with the private sector to facilitate the delivery of tourism demand generators such as luxury and heritage hotel offerings.

Chief amongst them is the seven-star Cheval Blanc Hotel by Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) Group, the world’s biggest luxury goods manufacturer, to come up in Bandar Khairan. Others consist of Muttrah Heritage Hotel, an Anantara hotel in Jebel Sifah, Salalah Agarwood Resort in Salalah, Quriyat Integrated Tourism Complex and Studio M by Millennium in Al Hail.

According ISFU, the Mount Wellness District, which is in the pipeline close to Muscat International Airport, provides multi-levels of public and private activities and lifestyles. An ITC improvement with a total plot size of 800,000sq m, it will supply a 180-degree view of Muscat’s central region from 1 of the highest mountain platforms, up to 600m above sea level.

The Oman Riviera has been planned to create an iconic location on Muscat’s coastline to aid produce a national version of a Riviera. “Oman Riviera by the Oman Investment Fund (OIF) will cover an region of 12mn sq m. It will have hotels ranging from 3-star to upscale luxury properties, inexpensive to luxurious residential propositions, retail, F&ampB outlets and workplace places.

“The ISFU team has been working hard to obtain approvals and solve various concerns raised by mega projects owners, which were settled through the coordination of efforts of multiple parties,” the organisation stated in its newest annual report.

For Mount Wellness Project, the Ministry of Tourism and the developer have agreed on the terms for creating the project and a usufruct agreement will be signed this year. While for Mina Sultan Qaboos Waterfront Development, the finalisation of the notion masterplan is anticipated to be completed quickly.

The Al Khairan Resort by Cheval Blanc LVMH will have 40 guestrooms, 16 hill suites, 16 sea suites, seven deluxe suites and a presidential suite. “Located at a prime location of a secluded bay and covering 137,847sq m in Al Khairan, it is expected to be one of Oman’s best luxurious resort offering unparalleled experience to tourists,” ISFU stated.

“The Muttrah Heritage Hotel in the timeless vicinity of Muttrah, aims to revive the city’s economy and showcase traditional Omani architectural elements,” the report added.

Jebel Sifah Resort by Anantara will be spread across 390,000sq m and boast of 198 rooms and different specialty restaurants.

Salalah Agarwood Resort will have a hotel, villas and apartments featuring a sustainable design and style notion.

Quriyat ITC will see the establishment of 3, 4 and 5-star hotels, with a total of 750 rooms, in addition to a golf course and a water park.

Studio M by Millennium is a spending budget hotel planned in Al Hail district along the Sultan Qaboos Highway in Muscat. The 285-space house will concentrate on the millennial industry, with minimalist design and style and modern attributes and functionality.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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