A major new tourism complex in Oman is nearing completion of its first phase of construction, it was announced on Sunday.
The second phase of Saraya Bandar Jissah is expected to start shortly, with the infrastructure tender package awarded and construction to start, according to the project’s vice-president of technical services, Dr Bassam Talhouni.
Saraya Bandar Jissah is a new tourism complex and will include residences, two five-star beachfront hotels, as well as recreational and community facilities and a secluded beach near the Hajjar Mountains, just east of Muscat.
The project is being developed by Oman’s tourism development and investment arm, Omran, in partnership with Saraya Oman, a subsidiary of Saraya Holdings.
Bassam said: “The infrastructure package will commence shortly, and will include the laying of all utilities such as power, communications, sewage, water, roads and lighting throughout the site.
"Now that the groundwork is complete, the construction of the first hotel will start in parallel with these works,” he added.
Saraya Bandar Jissah’s development strategy focuses on creating the key tourism assets – the two hotels on site – to be ready for grand opening in 2017.
Following the tender announcement for the infrastructure package, to be made soon, Saraya Bandar Jissah will float the construction tender for the second boutique hotel on site, a five-star 106 key hotel resembling an old Omani village.
“Our vision is to create a destination – a home for residents and a place of ultimate leisure for visitors. Through careful and respectful implementation of our construction strategy we believe that we will create a completely unique leisure and residential area for Muscat,” Bassam said.