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Oman tourism project awards $56m residential contract

Towell Construction is hired to build first homes at Saraya Bandar Jissah integrated tourism project

Oman tourism project awards $56m residential contract

Saraya Bandar Jissah, the company developing an integrated tourism mega project in Oman, on Saturday announced that it has awarded the construction contract for the first residential zone.

The appointment of Towell Construction & Co for the construction of Zaha marks the next development phase of the project following the awarding of the infrastructure and two hotel contracts.

The Zaha Zone package includes the construction of 14 units of three-bedroom detached villas, 29 units of three-bedroom semi-detached villas and 21 blocks, each block having 4 two-bedroom apartments and 2 three-bedroom duplexes.

A total of 169 properties are planned to be ready for occupation by 2016, a statement said.

The value of the Zaha contract is OR21.5 million ($55.8 million), the statement added.

Saraya Bandar Jissah is located on the outskirts of Muscat on a unique secluded beach surrounded by the Hajar Mountains.

The destination will be built on 2.2 million square metres of land with an expansive beachfront and a high point of 250 metres.

Saraya Bandar Jissah, an integrated tourism complex supported by the government of Oman, will be home to exclusive residential units, two 5-star beachfront hotels and a recreational area.

Zaha, meaning a promise of prosperity in Arabic, is perched on the side of the hillside and is positioned at the very heart of the development.

Ivor Braganza, CEO of Towell Construction & Co, said: "We are proud to be awarded this contract and look forward to working with Saraya Bandar Jissah on this landmark project."

Scheduled for a grand opening in 2017, the two hotels form the major leisure components of Saraya Bandar Jissah.

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