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Thu 25 Sep 2008 12:30 PM

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Oman 'Olympic village' work ahead of schedule

Tourism chiefs say construction is on track for Asian Beach Games 2010.

Tourism chiefs in Oman announced on Thursday that plans were ahead of schedule for delivering the first phase of construction for the Olympic village that will host the second Asian Beach Games in 2010.The project is being co-ordinated by Omran, the government’s tourism development and investment arm, on behalf of the Ministry of Sports Affairs and the Oman Olympic Committee.

The Olympic village will be located in a picturesque area near the coastal town of Mussanah, an hour’s drive from Muscat.  

The legacy provided by hosting the Asian Beach Games will include world-class sporting facilities, one three-star hotel, and meeting and conference facilities that will act as a magnet for future luxury developments.  

Carillion Alawi, the appointed building contractor responsible for the delivering the platform works, has been working on the site for the past four months and is currently eight days ahead of schedule.  

Construction of the platform and the bulk earthworks, including levelling, filling and compaction, are 48 percent complete.

Wael Al Lawati, chief executive officer of Omran, said: “Implementation of phase one is gong ahead at a very impressive rate, and we anticipate equal success with other phases.  

"Our aim is for zero harm with respect to our Health, Safety and Environmental Standard (HSE) and we are very proud that so far we have maintained a perfect record.  Other elements of work will start soon and will require close monitoring.”

The Asian Beach Games were established by the Olympic Council of Asia and are held every two years. The inaugural event will be held in Bali, Indonesia next month.

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