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$191m Majlis Oman project set for 2012 completion

Project director says mechanical, electrical tenders to be issued for 'iconic landmark'.

$191m Majlis Oman project set for 2012 completion
ICONIC DESIGN: Majlis Oman is set to be completed in two phases in 2011 and 2012.

A $191m project to create Majlis Oman, which has been designed to be the sultanate's new iconic landmark, is scheduled for completion in 2012, it has been reported.

Foundation work on the 101,000 sq m site is in progress with mechanical and electrical tenders expected to be issued next week, project director Khalid Mohammed Al Balushi said in comments published by Oman Times.

Known as the Majlis Oman Project, the scope will cover four main elements.

The Majlis Oman, which features the parliament assembly hall and the upper and lower houses while the Majlis A'Ddawla will accommodate 150 members of the upper house and its administrative wing, the paper reported.

Majlis A'Shura will hold 150 members of the lower house and its administrative wing and the fourth component will be the common facilities including committee rooms, library, lecture halls and dining facilities.

The central part of the project, which is being built by Carillion Alawi, is slated for completion in 2011, with the final touches added the following year.

“After completion, it will be Oman’s iconic landmark built. The Majlis Oman will provide a unique perspective on the events that will shape the country’s future,” Al Balushi added.

The Council of Oman (Majlis Oman) assists the government in drawing up the general policies of the state. The council meets at the request of His Majesty, to study and discuss matters raised by him, taking all its decisions on the basis of a majority vote.

Al Balushi told the paper that tenders for mechanical and electrical works were ready while 720 workers are currently employed on carrying out foundations work.

A wadi has had to be diverted so that only a part of the project could be on the wadi bed, he said.

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