Muscat: The foundation stone for an OMR385 million integrated tourism complex (ITC) in the Wilayat of Quriyat was laid on Monday by Quriyat Development Company (QDC).
The ceremony was sponsored by Ahmed bin Nasser Al Mahrzi, Minister of Tourism, who stressed the importance of the project in completing the ministry’s efforts in developing the tourism sector by establishing a range of tourism projects.
He added that the project comes within the framework of implementing the Omani strategy for tourism, which aims to achieve the optimal employment of tourist elements that the Sultanate is rich in the natural, heritage, cultural and other.
The project will reflect positively on the economic and social, especially on the people of the wilaya who will benefit directly from the project, which will include many tourist facilities, such as hotels and others, praising the vital role of the private sector in support of official directions to develop the tourism infrastructure of the country, serving in turn the tourism promotion efforts carried out by the Ministry in the target markets, he said in a statement.
The main components of the project are divided into three main aspects: tourist, residential and recreational.
The tourist facilities include the establishment of 3 hotels of 3, 4 and 5 stars respectively, with a total of 750 rooms, as well as a 9-hole golf course.
The residential area includes the construction of more than 3,000 residential units with freehold space for citizens and
The recreational side includes a water park and a Boulevard walkway, which includes an entertainment centre with a range of restaurants and cafes, as well as a number of cinemas and an integrated health club.
The project also includes the enhancement of the benefit of the fishing harbour and the development of a floating berth for the reception of shipping vessels, which will facilitate the movement of visitors and tourists alike between Muscat and all tourist ports.
The project will be developed in three stages, five years for each stage. The first stage includes the infrastructure of the project, with 400 housing units on 7,000,000 square meters, as well as a 4-star hotel with 250 rooms and suites covering more than 53,000 meters, in addition to a residential and commercial quarter (Boulevard) over 53,000 square meter, along with a state-of-the-art water park and some recreational and commercial facilities with a total area of more than 38,000 square meters.
The second stage, the largest in the project, will include the construction of up to 1,200 housing units on a land area of 21.5 thousand square meters, beside a large mosque with an area of nearly 10,000 meters, in addition to a new 3-star hotel with a total of 150 rooms, in addition to the expansion of the first 4-star hotel on the waterfront with the addition of 150 new rooms and suites.
This stage will also include the establishment of a nine-hole golf club and golf course on a total area of about a quarter million square meters, which will add value to this sport tourism product.
The third and final stage of the project will include 1,364 residential units, including 36 villas on the waterfront of the project, the expansion of the tourism structure, the addition of 150 new rooms for the 3-star hotel and the establishment of a new 5-star hotel with 200 rooms and suites with stunning views of the waterfront and the marina and over 75,000 square meters.
Quriyat Development Company was established through a partnership between Al Madina Real Estate Company and Space Gulf Company, where the company will develop the entire project on a plot of land allocated as a usufruct in the system of integrated tourist complexes.