Oman to turn old port into major tourism hub

Oman has hired Dubai luxury property developer Damac International to turn its historic port into a major tourism and lifestyle haven.

Master planning and other work has been awarded to multidisciplinary design firm, SSH.

The plan is to breathe new life into 200-year-old Port Sultan Qaboos.

Damac was picked by the Oman Tourism Development Company SAOC (Omran) to develop Port Sultan Qaboos into a world-class, mixed-use waterfront destination and to make the port a new tourism hub for Oman.

The Mina Sultan Qaboos Waterfront Regeneration Project will include two main zones, namely tourist port regeneration areas, as well as other project sites, such as Shotayfi Village, Al Rabia hilltop parcels and Hay Al Mina.

SSH was subsequently awarded the scope of detailing the master plan and completing the infrastructure of the new waterfront destination.

SSH is also carrying out design consultancy services for the buildings and components of Zone 1 – Bab Al Mina. This zone covers a built-up area of approximately 150,000 sq m and includes a four-star hotel, residential blocks comprising 430 units and several retail and entertainment offerings.

"SSH is very happy to be working collaboratively with respected companies such as Omran and DAMAC on a project of this calibre," said Omar Nuri, General Manager – Oman, at SSH.

"We look forward to delivering an outstanding development that will have a positive social as well as economic impact on Oman. The ultimate vision is that the regeneration of the Mina Sultan Qaboos Waterfront area will contribute to the sultanate becoming a leading tourism destination in the MENA region."

Image: Aerial View Mina Sultan Qaboos Master Plan (SSH)

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