By Andy Sambidge
Global consultancy Atkins delivers concept for 800,000 sq ft project in Salalah
The master plan for Oman's $1bn Medical City project planned for Salalah has been completed, global consultancy Atkins has said.
Atkins said its design concept combines traditional Omani vernacular with contemporary design.
Dr Abdulla Aljoaib, president of Apex Medical Group, the master developer behind the project, said Atkins had prepared the overall strategic master plan of the 800,000 sq m site.
He said the project represents the largest private healthcare infrastructure development opportunity in Oman.
"With a spectacular location and intelligent design, this Medical City is poised to become the centrepiece of healthcare tourism benefiting local, regional and international healthcare patients alike," he added in a statement.
Built around a main hospital, Medical City will also include a luxury hotel, spa, educational and training facilities for doctors and nurses and a wellbeing centre, alongside accommodation, commercial and service facilities for visitors and resident.
Ray Phillips, Atkins' design director for the project, said: "This is an important and exciting project for the region which will create world class medical facilities in an environment which supports and promotes rehabilitation and healthy living."
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Although this project is very good and Oman needs this type of a project so that many Omanis will not need to travel abroad seeking for alternative source of treatment but the initial idea of this project was engineered by myself and later I gave it away to a company belonging to my friend (IBL) who spent a lot of his valuable time and money improving the concept, a piece of land was already allotted for the project at Musanaa (one million sq meter).
Investors were brought in by IBL Company LLC but upon establishing a new Ministry of Tourism, the project was taken from IBL and everything went in to the drainage :(
Anyway, I wish the Medical City project comes up because if the concept is put right, this can be a very helpful project to Omanis.