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Work on $2bn Mina al Sultan Qaboos project to begin in Nov

Work on $2bn Mina al Sultan Qaboos project to begin in Nov

It will comprise hotels, residences, as nicely as dining, retail and leisure offerings. The very first package is getting tendered this month and building activities will commence as per the strategy.

The project has completed numerous preparatory activities in accordance with the masterplan authorized by the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of
Housing. The memorandum of understanding and the shareholders’ agreement for the project have been signed. Final discussions with concerned ministries relating to the project improvement agreement are below way.

Discovery Centre to open quickly

The Experience and Promotion Centre situated on the Al Inshirah plot of Muttrah Corniche is nearing completion and will be opened to the public in the third quarter of 2019. Along with exceptional views of the Muttrah Corniche and the Sea of Oman, the centre will have an Omani art gallery as a tribute to the wealthy cultural influence of this historically substantial place. The centre will also function a well-known Omani seafood restaurant which will be run by an Omani meals and beverage operator.

An skilled Omani firm has been appointed for the management and upkeep of the Experience and Promotion Centre. Here, guests will be in a position to see the project masterplan and get a sense of the residential developments via the show flats that will be on show.

“The MaSQ project will give us Omanis the chance to showcase our rich culture to the world,” stated a spokesperson from Muttrah Tourism Development Company.
Since the project requires regeneration of an current port, the project teams coordinated with 22 current tenants (each government and private entities), and following discussions, six of them have been identified and relocated from the project website to other appropriate locations.

The project business also completed the clearing of the project website, and rerouted solutions and utilities like electrical energy, water and telecom away from the improvement path. Further, the business has performed a complete safety study and has secured the approval of the ROP to
implement the building phase of the strategy that will isolate the building location from the port operations location, enabling smooth improvement and progress.

Additionally, in a bid to supply businesses in Oman foremost advantage, a pre-qualification physical exercise has been concluded in which much more than 100 businesses have shown interest for different important building and installation packages.



Focus on sustainable improvement

Understanding the magnitude of the project and its prospective influence on the historical place and surrounding locations, a quantity of research have been performed to assess and guide the path of improvement activities.
A visitors influence study was carried out and authorized by the Muscat Municipality and is now below evaluation by the ROP.

A social influence study of the surrounding locations was carried out and the findings will be incorporated into the improvement strategy as the project progresses.

An environmental influence assessment study was completed and the findings have been authorized by the concerned ministry.

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

As element of the MaSQ transformation agenda, it was also established that numerous possibilities for employment will be generated in the course of each developmental and operational phases. Accordingly, numerous Omani sources have been recruited in different departments, and the strategy consists of the deployment of Omani employees at different stages of project improvement as the project progresses.

Damac was selected by the Government of Oman to create MaSQ into a globe-class, waterfront mixed-use location via a joint venture
with Omran, the government’s investment, development and improvement arm.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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