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Old February 15th, 2005, 06:25 AM   #1
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Zubair Corp unveils seafront resort project

Zubair Corp unveils seafront resort project

Muscat: The Zubair Corporation yesterday received a 40 million riyal (Dh380 million) loan intended for the 680-room Barr Al Jissah Resort project, officials said.

"We are expecting an over 50 per cent occupancy rate. We hope to break even in the second year of operations at the resort," said Ziyad Al Zubair of Barr Al Jissah Resort Company.

He spoke following the project finance agreement signing ceremony, held at the resort site yesterday.

The 70 million riyal (Dh665 million) seafront resort is expected to receive its first guests by the end of this year.

Rashad Al Zubair, vice-chairman and group president of the Zubair Corporation, thanked the lending banks Gulf International Bank, BankMuscat, HSBC, Arab Bank and Bank of Dhofar for approving the loan for the resort project.

Maqbool Ali Sultan, Oman's Minister of Commerce and Industry, presided over the signing ceremony. Sultan lauded Zubair Group's effort to give Oman a resort that meets international standards.

"The assistance we have provided to this project, with its impressive magnitude and size, represents clear evidence of the government's commitment to the tourism sector. We are dedicated to making tourism a vibrant and vital sector of the economy," Sultan said.

The Omani minister pointed out the Bar Al Jissah Resort was planned and being built to meet the highest international standards.

The Bar Al Jissah resort will set a fine example, one to be emulated by other domestic tourist destinations, Sultan said.

Hong Kong-based Shangri La Hotels and Resorts Group will operate the Bar Al Jissah Resort. It is being built on a 450,000 square metre beachfront site. A spa, health club, swimming pools, and leisure facilities will be housed nearby.

Out of the 70 million riyals (Dh665 million) needed for the project, the Zubair Group has provided 15 million riyals (Dh142.5 million).

The Government of Oman's share is 10 million riyals (Dh95 million). The Government has also extended a soft loan of five million riyals (Dh47.5 million).
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Nice to see oman getting with the program.
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Old February 15th, 2005, 10:09 AM   #3
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ya this project is been going on for a while now and progress is smooth. This should be a boost for omani tourism.
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Nice, we need to see more and more such projects all over the gulf.
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Oman Projects

Hi, well thought I'd start a thread for Oman's projects, there are quite a few good ones that I've seen like The Wave and Bar Al Jissah, and will try and find the appropriate articles and post them here. Please help out in providing info whenever you find it, enjoy:


OMAN PLANNING NEW $500 MILLION PORT

MUSCAT: Oman plans to create a commercial port at a cost of more than $500 million . "The plan is under way," Transport Minister Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Harthi said yesterday.

Royal Haskoning of the Netherlands, together with Lebanon's Khatib and Alami, is designing the port and shipyard in Duqm, central Oman, which will be able to handle ultra-large crude carriers.

It said that the initial estimated cost of $260m had increased to "at least $500m" as the development scope widened.
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Firm to develop Oman project

MANAMA: Bahraini company Raymon has been selected as the main strategic developer for the Blue City construction project in Oman, it was revealed. The project, which will be launched next month, will cover 35 square kilometres and cost up to $15 billion, Raymon chairman Ahmed Abou Baker Janahi told our sister paper Akhbar Al Khaleej.
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Bar Al Jissah Resort (very nice)


The resort is due for completion by the end of this year.


Nestled against a backdrop of majestic mountains and the blue sea, Oman’s largest resort complex with three new hotels is set to open by the year-end, offering the holiday maker a unique destination in the region. Gulf Construction was on site to get a first-hand report on the work under way at the charming location.


ADRIVE up the steep mountains10 km south of Muscat is a remarkable experience in itself but as one descends to the shore, the eye espies a project of breathtaking proportions unfolding along the shore of the Gulf of Oman.

The resort, known as Shangri La Barr Al Jissah Resort, is now structurally complete and sits nestled against a backdrop of spectacular mountains on three sides with the azure blue sea in front. The site was a hive of activity with some 2,600 workers on site – at the peak of construction – when Gulf Construction visited it last month.
A tour of the development – which cost RO56 million ($145 million) to build – indicates that the project continues to evolve with new innovative features being incorporated through the ideas of a band of dedicated workers who are determined to make the resort a truly unique one in the region.
Chris Harris – country manager of Turner Construction International, the project manager for the development – is highly enthused by the project that has brought with it enormous challenges, which the company and the professional team behind it have surmounted and tackled efficiently.
The project is owned by the Zubair Corporation (60 per cent) and the Omani government (40 per cent).
“From the very outset the owner has set out selecting the best team to carry out its project, right from a very good concept planner to a reputable operator,” says Harris. “The client has refused to cut corners, has been keenly environmentally aware and knows clearly what it wants.”
The resort will bring on the market a total of 680 luxury rooms and suites in three separate hotels when it opens in a phased manner by the end of this year. Each of these hotels is said to be larger than any existing facility in the Sultanate. Set upon 500,000 sq m of beautiful beachfront, the complex also includes a modern spa and health club, meeting and banquet facilities, an Omani heritage village, swimming pools, a lazy river ride and nine restaurants and 10 other food and beverage outlets.
The general concept in designing the three five-star hotels – the Al Husn, Al Bandar and Al Waha, (previously known as Castle Hotel, Town Hotel and Village Hotel, respectively) – was to create a warm resort ambiance, hence all the buildings are low-lying varying from four to five storeys high. The lobbies of all the hotels open on to large windows overlooking the sea or the swimming pools to ensure that the ‘wow’ feeling guests experience while descending to the hotel is maintained as they enter each hotel.
Of the 500,000 sq m area allocated for the project, only 230,000 sq m is to be developed, as the balance area will be retained as a mountainous jebel. The developed area is split into the following categories:
• Building area – 70,000 sq m.
• Roads/car parks – 50,000 sq m;
• Hard landscape/footpaths – 20,000 sq m;
• Soft landscape/beach – 40,000 sq m;
• Utility areas – 20,000 sq m.
Given its rather remote setting, the resort will be almost entirely self-sufficient with its own 33 kV sub-station, reverse-osmosis fresh water plant, sewage treatment plant, industrial laundry, chiller plant, standby power generation system, and waste management facilities.

Al Husn
Perched on an elevated plateau above the rest of the resort, the five-star deluxe Al Husn enjoys commanding views of the ocean and surrounding landscape and is designed to set the standard for luxury hotels within Oman.
Accessed via an exquisite tree-line driveway and footpaths into an imposing porte cochere (entrance archway) area, the boutique hotel will offer a combination of 180 deluxe rooms and suites, world-class dining facilities, exclusive swimming pools including a 600 sq m infinity edge pool, elite fitness facilities, and a private beach.
Al Husn is linked to the Al Bandar by an elevator, which descends eight floors below to the centrally-placed hotel.
Another aspect of the Al Husn is a large courtyard with water features, echoing Oman’s Al Hamra style of architecture.

Al Bandar
The 198-room Al Bandar - which accommodates all the kitchen facilities - is expected to be the first of the hotels to open within the resort. Situated along the main beach area, the five-star Al Bandar is expected to be the focal point of resort activity with its paved piazza area surrounded by numerous restaurants and retail facilities. The area is aimed to create a suq environment and provide an ideal night-time venue.
The hotel has been designed so as to create the image of a series of small buildings resembling a seaside town built in traditional Omani architecture. Hence, it has varying facades and colours with touches of mashrabiya for the balustrades and fenestrations, to create the impression of a number of buildings that have come up over time as opposed to one big structure.
Set in lush landscaping, the premium hotel includes a 1,500 sq m ballroom (700-seat) and pre-function area, nine meeting rooms, a poolside amphitheatre and external dining facilities, and 2,600 sq m of swimming pools.

Al Waha
At the eastern edge of the resort, separated from Al Bandar and Al Husn hotels by a steep and narrow jebel and accessed from the main entrance via a tunnel, the five-star Waha enjoys a secluded setting for families and youngcouples. Also set in a lush landscape, the 302-room family hotel has its own restaurants including a beachfront seafood restaurant, children’s play areas, swimming pools including the ‘Lazy River’ water ride.

Spa
The development also includes a 3,000 sq m world-class spa and health club set in a number of gardens. It comprises a reception building and a spa building, which will feature saunas, steam rooms, plunge pools, fitness equipment and private treatment facilities, including 18 treatment rooms. This area will also include eight spa villas.

Omani Heritage Experience
The Omani heritage village is the main cultural area of the resort. It features a multi-purpose arena for equestrian and outdoor events with stadium-type seating on the embankment. Fenced off within this village is a typical Omani village, which houses some archaeological artifacts dug up from the site.

Central utilities compound
A central utilities compound has been built to house all central plant and utilities that support the hotel, including a chiller and reverse osmosis building, boiler room, fire protection pump room, emergency standby generators, central laundry, 33 kV substation, sewage treatment plant and waste collection and management centre. This area includes the Engineering Locker Building (ELB) – the first structure to be built on site to accommodate all the site offices.

Construction challenges
Work on the project started in July 2002 and faced its first major hurdle – the non-existence of a road to the site that is surrounded on three sides by mountains. Hence, Carillion-Alawi was awarded both the Muscat Municipality’s road construction contract as well as the enabling works package at the Barr Al Jissah. Both operations were supported by a major marine mobilisation effort and involved excavation and site infrastructure works. Carillion-Alawi later went on to be awarded the overall general contract for the project.
It was Carillion’s previous experience and willingness to take on the challenge presented by the marine transport that secured it the first package on the project, according to Harris.
“For the first 10 months of the project we didn’t have a road to the site. Marine mobilisation was a major challenge and initially we used a barge that travelled between Qantub, a fishing village, to the site located a couple of kilometers away,” says Alan Field, senior quantity surveyor with Hanscomb, the cost consultant and quantity surveyor on the project.
“Everything from potable water to pipework and people had to be transported by the barge on a daily basis,” Field reminisces.
Another major challenge was the construction of the road to the site.
“What speeded up the process was that Carillion was awarded the contract for the construction of the road by Muscat Municipality and as the firm also had the infrastructure works on the contract, they could tackle it from both ends,” explains Harris.
Carillion had to blast through the mountains to link the site to the highway to the interiors of Oman – a distance of 4.5 km.
The construction of the Engineering Locker Building was accelerated to accommodate the site offices, thus saving on the cost of erecting substantial temporary buildings, he adds.
Carillion Alawi set up a batching plant on the site, which was operated by Al Turki. “We looked at trucking material to the site but we found that operating a plant on the site proved to be most cost effective and provided a better control on the quality and quantity, and also eased the logistics as otherwise concrete would have to be trucked in from Ghala, which is quite a distance away,” says Harris. Some 70,000 cu m of concrete will go into the construction of the project.
All the buildings have been constructed using conventional techniques without requiring high-tech gear, apart from few tower cranes on rails. The external facades essentially comprise plastering and rendering.
With the launch of works on the project, another hurdle was finding the right contractors to take on the various packages involved in the project, he adds.
“The sheer size and complexity of the project meant that few contractors had the required experience to carry out the project,” he explains. “Given the size of the Omani construction market, international contractors could not be tempted to take on the project when there was a far more lucrative market in neighbouring Dubai. Hence we were limited with the number of contractors who were tendering – especially with the M&E (mechanical and electrical works) where there are few who can take on the job given the scope and size of each package. For example, each of the M&E packages is equivalent to the typical annual volume of work that any of the four M&E contractors on the project performs in Oman,” says Harris.
Aster Airmech won the M&E package for the Al Husn, L&T Oman secured two packages – one for the Al Bandar and the second for the central utilities compound - while International Electrical Company (IECO) won the M&E package for the Al Waha.
Finishing packages are being undertaken by a joint venture of Carillion-Alawi and Zubair Furnishing.
Contractors who took on the challenge of the job were soon faced with the escalating prices of construction material.
“Steel prices increased from RO90 to RO200 per tonne and cement has gone up by 30 per cent during the span of the project,” says Field. “Besides, the escalating costs of these basic building materials, costs were further hit by the fall of the dollar which increased the cost of equipment and components such as kitchen and light equipment that was procured from Europe.”
Another major problem was that the site – located a significant distance from the national grid – is not connected to the power supply. The government had indicated that the site would be connected to the national power supply by 2003, however when this failed to materialise, a power line was installed from the Al Bustan Palace, according to Harris.
“We have had to arrange temporary power from the Al Bustan to meet our project requirements. It has meant installing a line over a distance extending up to 10 km. That was never anticipated,” says Harris. “The 12-month contract for the link-up was awarded by the government last November,” he adds.
On site, work is ongoing on the spa, swimming pools and decks while external finishing works are in progress on the buildings.
“Given all the challenges, the project has gone on remarkably well, thanks to the large number of good and reputable companies involved,” says Harris. “We’ve had a good team on the job, and the owner has provided excellent leadership.”
Citing an example of how the project continues to evolve, Harris points out to an overhanging cliff that was trimmed off to create a safe working area for the project. The team behind the construction then put in a causeway and created a flat reclaimed area that will be grassed and available as a small private outdoor area with a sheltered beach area.
Harris was full of praise for Carillion-Alawi’s work on the project, and particularly its keen attention to “environment health and safety issues, which are very important to Turner, and this was a big plus to us,” he says.
“There are not many contractors who could have carried this project on programme,” Field adds.
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, the operator of the project, has insisted on the very best for the project. However, it has also adopted a pragmatic approach by avoiding unnecessary costs. Citing an instance, Harris says: “Rather than insisting on a highly sophisticated BMS system, the operator recommended a very practical solution.”

Environment
Environmental issues were given high priority for the client, which commissioned WS Atkins International to conduct an environmental impact analysis. The client’s concern for the environment is demonstrated by the attention given to the Hawksbill turtles that nested at the site, the coral reefs and the archaeological importance of the area.
“To date we haven’t lost any turtle nests although some of the habitat may have been lost because of some of the work on the beach such as putting in revetments to prevent erosion,” says Harris. “The operator wants to maintain the turtle nesting as a feature of the hotel and is engaging a turtle ranger.”
Prior to the launch of construction works, a survey identified the coral reefs in the area. The owner imported technology from the US to transplant corals on to 40 to 50 reef balls that have been placed in different areas, which in fact has created more habitat and a better environment for the coral to grow, he says.
Turning to the archaeological finds, he says the client enlisted the help of world-renowned archaeologist Dr Geoffrey King to conduct rescue archaeology and the archaeological relics have now been preserved and form the heart of a mock Omani village in a large arena known as the Oman Heritage Experience.

External works
The soft landscaped external works have been designed to reflect the mood of the respective hotels and will comprise generally of trees, palms, shrubs and grass. The hard landscaping will again reflect the respective hotels and utilise various types of hard finishes such as concrete paving, clay paving, coloured concrete, natural stone sets and marble. The pool in the Al Waha is linked to that of the Al Bandar with a two-direction ‘Lazy River’ feature including tunnels.
The resort will maintain an on-site plant nursery as a guest attraction as well as an operational centre. The area that is earmarked to have a jebel/desert landscape will maintain the ambiance of a mountain and the flora will be selected accordingly.

Future construction
Sometime this year the government plans to begin construction of a convention centre on the site. The excavated material from this project will be used to create a breakwater and marina in an area on the western edge of the property.
This phase will enhance the appeal of the Barr Al Jissah resort which promises to be a unique place, attracting a business clientele besides being a quiet holiday destination.
Given the spectacular mountain backdrop and scenic beach, the facility will probably be the only one of its kind the entire Gulf region for some time to come.
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The entrance to the Al Bandar hotel.


The client’s brief was clear and concise: Barr Al Jissah Resort Company wanted to design and build a resort to international standards – an aspiration that is now being delivered to its satisfaction, says Roger Nickells, resident engineer, Atkins.

The project has been fraught with inherent technical challenges – many of which relate to the location of the project along the sea front and away from the infrastructure facilities that Muscat has to offer, he says.
These challenges range from the non-existence of a road to the site when project was launched, to designing the buildings around traditional concepts with services that would support is the remote location and the tranquillity of its setting.
As executive architect and engineer on the project, Atkins was responsible for the structural and M&E designs as well as the construction documentation. It is also the consultant for the spa. Early on in the project, the firm’s services were enlisted to conduct an environmental impact analysis for the site.
Taking each element in turn, Nickells says: “Getting access to the site was very difficult as there was no road to it when the project started. A 4.4 km long road was then commissioned by the Muscat Municipality, designed by Atkins and constructed by Carillion Alawi.
“This road began at sea level, rose to a maximum height of 65 m and then back down, requiring a combination of rock cutting and construction of embankments. More than 650,000 cu m of rock were removed in less than six months, with rock cut to a height of more than 50 m.

Architecture
The design of the project is based around traditional aspects of local architecture and Atkins had to ensure that the architectural solution it delivered contained the correct level of detail.
“Here Mohammed Al Zubair, chairman of Barr Al Jissah Resort Company, was instrumental in guiding the team towards the correct approach in the context of each aspect of the design,” Nickells points out.
Meticulous attention was paid to the use of GRC screens and timber elements, to create three buildings with different architectural styles but with a single distinctive theme.

Landscaping
The design brief aims to provide a landscaped environment that is in keeping with the surroundings.
“Whilst this sounds simple in concept, the actual delivery of this design has been complex, as it had to strike an optimal balance between meeting the needs of a modern resort facility and blending it well with the local heritage of the Sultanate. In the solution, the design has found a balanced median.

Building services
Given the resort’s remote location, scale and complexity, a range of building services was designed to ensure the operational efficiency of the resort and the comfort of guests.
The most challenging aspect of the services design, according to Nickells, is the water and wastewater cycle.
As the resort is not connected to the mains supply of the Sultanate, the project has its own reverse osmosis water generating facility, which converts seawater into fresh, potable water.
“Sea water is extracted at the beach head through a series of deep wells, then treated in the services compound before being distributed through the resort,” he explains. “Wastewater is collected and treated in an on-site plant. The by-products of the wastewater treatment cycle are used for the chiller cooling towers and for irrigation of the resort.
“This may sound simple but the whole cycle is interlinked and in fact is affected by the occupancy levels in the complex. For example, the highest requirements for irrigation and cooling traditionally occur when the occupancy is at its lowest (mid-summer). Low occupancy means less wastewater to convert to TSE for the cooling plant and the irrigation,” Nickells points out.
To maintain the tranquillity of the resort, noise was one of the many aspects tackled while designing the air-conditioning network.
“The remote location of the site and the need to maintain tranquillity at the beachfront led to a design which uses a central plant facility at the back of the site,” says Nickells. “This facility houses four water-cooled chillers linked to cooling towers which utilise TSE (treated sewage effluent). This chiller plant then distributes all of the chilled water around the complex through a series of large pumps.”
Turning to electrical supply, he says that due to the size of the site and the load requirements, the most efficient way to distribute power is by using 11 kV distribution. “Therefore, we have established a site ring main system which supplies the various elements. The total connected load for the development is around 18 MW,” he says. “Due to the fact that the resort has one connection to the main power supply, it is necessary to provide stand-by generation with generators large enough to support all of the electrical installations except the cooling. This is also linked into the 11 kV distribution system. The standby power facility is around 3 MW.”

Co-ordination
A team comprising various practices from all parts of the globe have enriched the project through the innovative design of the various elements of the resort. However, the co-ordination of the design effort has been a complex task due to the differing stages of the design and the construction and due to the ever-evolving needs of the various stakeholders in the project, says Nickells.
“In order to make this easier, we have used a collaborative web-based information tool called iPronet which allows all of the design information for the project to be stored and used in one location,” he says.

Construction
While the technical construction supervision for the works is being carried out by the related designers, Atkins is playing a key role by working with all of the teams on site to instigate a common approach to the building and inspection process.
Given the scale and prestige of the project, safety is a key issue and all of the supervision teams, contractors and sub-contractors are participating in monthly initiatives to improve the safety culture, he concludes.
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Landscape Designs holds the credit for designing all the external architectural works for all the three hotels and associated facilities at the prestigious Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa, says Sha Sudha, executive director of the Oman-based Landscape Designs.

This included a variety of swimming pool and spas, a lazy river, water features, pavements, roads and car parks, various shade structures, minor structures in the facility such as beach bars and kiosks, other minor architectural features and soft and hard landscaping.
Building on the concept design created by Wimberley Alison Tong and Goo, Landscape Designs created different themes for the project using indigenous materials as far as possible. It was a thrilling challenge, which Landscape Designs decided to take when the design job was awarded to the firm in September 2002, says Sudha.
“It took almost 10 months for us to complete the detailed design of the three hotels and facilities and another three months to detail the later on added spa, which can be said to an independent property of its own by the size of it,” he adds.
Landscape Designs employed a total number of 25 dedicated staff during the design stage, all under the direction of principal architect Dr Pieter Germeraad and general manager, Nick Lavender.

Al Husn
One of the focal features of the exterior landscaping at the Al Husn hotel is the central courtyard accessed from the hotel’s main entrance as well as via an archway from the swimming pool deck - echoing the rich heritage of Al Hambra. At the centre of the courtyard are two rectangular pools with a number of arching fountains lines with palm trees while along the perimeter are reflecting pools which are interconnected and all surrounded by rich pavements, explains Sudha. The visitors drive into the big port cochere of the hotel lined with palm trees on either side and floors paved with granite sets.
The main highlight of the hotel is a swimming pool deck, which is of various levels and the “infinity edge” swimming pool overlooking the sea from the mountain cliff where Al Husn is situated. The main pool falls into a lower pool - which is almost 3 m below - and behind the water curtain is a lion’s cave, which offers guests to retreat from the busy upper pool deck, he explains. The entire pool deck is set amidst palm trees and shade structures.
Another unique feature of the Al Husn is that it has its own private beach, which will have beach bar and restaurant facilities, heads.

Al Bandar
A majestic fountain adorns the porte cochere of the Al Bandar hotel, which is accessed through a bridge from the entrance road ‘Town Square’. This piazza area, which is lined with palm trees, is set to become a major attraction at the hotel with the adjacent food and beverage outlets and suq – the retail area, Sudha says.
Centrally-placed in the town square is a “dancing” fountain with an interesting design which enhances the vibrancy of the area. A series of swimming pools – including a formal pool which cascades into the main town pool with a few spas located around it – also add to the atmosphere of this area. Centrally placed on the beach front of the pools is a bar which leans on to the water stream. Islands are created in the pool which are accessed by pedestrian bridges. Childrens pools, submerged sun loungers, water streams, various nicely paved terraces, a roll-over beach and an amphitheatre are some of the other attractions in the Al Bandar hotel.
An amphitheatre facing the guest rooms will be used to stage small outdoor functions. Linking the Al Bandar with the Al Waha is a 500m long bi-directional lazy river, which is the most exciting external feature of the resort. Random sun lounging pockets and a tunnel through the seafood restaurant will be some of the interesting factors for the lazy river rides.

Al Waha
Al Waha is accessed from the Al Bandar side through a tunnel that is almost 100 m long - the longest in the Sultanate, says Sudha. Set amidst the surrounding mountain that envelope the porte cochere and both the wings of the hotel, Al Waha is a family-oriented hotel, providing various external features. Al Waha has a number of pools including two main pools, which are visually separated with a pedestrian bridge, a children’s pool and a toddlers play pool, all situated around the pool bar. The pool deck overlooks a lower terraced area and a reclaimed sheltered beach, which extends as a protective arm towards the eastern side of the resort.

Spa
The spa facilities are set in an extensively landscaped garden and include the reception building, gymnasium and dance studio, independent villas and treatment rooms. All the facilities are interconnected with wavy footpaths and water streams at various levels. The main external features include a water garden, a desert garden, an oriental garden, an orchid garden, water cascades and a series of hydrotherapy pools, all set amidst matured palm trees and lush green vegetation.

Omani Heritage Village
The Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa will offer more than purely comfort and recreation facilities, says Sudha. A traditional “Omani heritage village” offering guests and other visitors a rich taste of the local experience is created at the resort which also includes an amphitheatre with 1,000 seats and a huge performing area. Within this area is the archaeological site which is basically created to preserve all the archeological relics dug up from within site, some of which are more than 5,000 years old. The heritage village will include suqs, Omani tents, stables, falajs, date palm groves, indigenous local vegetation - in fact a number of features that intrinsically make up a traditionally “Omani Village”.

General
The work on external package is currently under way and to provide instant landscape maturity for the resort opening, some 400 of the 1,500 palm trees have already been planted. Another notable aspect of the project is an integrated computerised central control system for the irrigation system with weather stations and other high technological features, which will be the first of its kind in the Sultanate.
Landscape Designs also hold the credit for the design involvement in other hotel projects, also in Oman, including the Al Sawadi Resort, Gulf Hotel extension and The Chedi.
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L&T was responsible for the Al Bandar hotel


Larsen and Toubro Oman (LTO) is working overtime to achieve the timely completion of yet another challenging project in Oman – the multimillion-dollar Barr Al Jissah resort.

A joint venture between the $2.2 billion Indian engineering and construction conglomerate Larsen and Toubro and the Oman-based Zubair Corporation, LTO clinched two of the four M&E (mechanical and electrical) services packages, the first for the Al Bandar hotel and the other for the common central utilities compound of all the three hotels. It was also responsible for the construction of a tunnel from Al Waha Hotel to the main entrance area under a subcontract from the main contractor Carillion Alawi.
Citing some of the challenges on the project, L N Mitra of LTO says: “Among the major challenges on the project were the high specifications set for the project, which we have been able to meet successfully and the time-frame given for the M&E works.”
The company has also recently bagged a prestigious project for construction of Villa No l at Bait Al Barkha for the ruler of Oman.
“Having achieved considerable progress in just over a decade in the Omani market, LTO is looking forward to play a major role in Oman and the region beyond,” says Mitra.
LTO has over the years executed several projects of repute in accelerating the pace of infrastructure development in Oman. “Today, LTO has consolidated its position as a leading construction organisation of repute in the country with an excellent track record in turnkey project execution. The expanding business horizon in Oman coupled with a futuristic vision of the Sultanate present the company with several new challenges and opportunities,” he adds.
The company is moving ahead with major construction projects, meeting the ambitious plans and programmes of the government and private sector, and is fully committed to meet the infrastructure challenge and bridge the gap through fast-track construction of industrial and infrastructure projects, he says.
“LTO has extensive experience, all necessary resources, know-how and the reach for executing large turnkey projects with single-source responsibility,” he says.
“The gradually-moving growth curve of LTO has given way to a much sharper and rising one as the company’s professional approach has now begun yielding fruit in the economic environment of Oman which is focused on industrialisation and infrastructure development,” he adds.
In Oman, the company has been involved in a number of prestigious projects and has won several accolades in its area of activities. Some of the larger projects undertaken by LTO include: Construction of 200 MW Salalah Power Plant (IPP)on an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis; Royal Flight hangar; Al Khoudh Interchange; Raysut cement plant expansion; and the Oman Pharmaceutical Plant.
The company specialises in a wide project spectrum of activities that encompasses the entire gamut of construction industry such as buildings, MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) services, transportation, power, hydrocarbon, water and effluent treatment, electrical, says the spokesman.
“Stringent standards of quality, compliance with safety regulations and strict adherence to time schedule have made LTO a leading organisation of repute in Oman,” he adds.
Founded in 1938, Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T) is one of Asia’s largest vertically-integrated engineering and construction conglomerate with additional interests in IT and electrical business. A strong, customer-focused approach and the constant quest for top-class quality have enabled the company to attain and sustain leadership position for over six decades, says the spokesman.
“Serving the core sectors and infrastructure of the economy, L&T has pioneered spectacular achievements in Indian industry. Many of the engineering and construction projects executed by L&T have set new benchmarks in terms of scale, sophistication and speed. So do many buildings, ports, highways, bridges and civil structures around the country, which are widely regarded as landmarks,” he adds.
Over the years, the company has proactively created the necessary infrastructure for its global initiative with office locations in the US, Europe, Middle East and Japan.
The Engineering and Construction Division made significant progress during the year in increasing its presence in the overseas markets by securing orders from international clients located at Malaysia, US, UK, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka among others.
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Dubai Holding Group company, Dubai International Properties, said it had signed an agreement with the Government of Oman to develop an integrated $822 million luxury lifestyle resort in the Sultanate.

The deal was signed at Yiti in Oman by Dubai Holding chief executive officer Mohammed Al Gergawi on behalf of Dubai International Properties.

Omani Tourism Minister Dr Rajha bint Abdul Ameer bin Ali, signed on behalf of the Government of Oman.

Al Gergawi said construction is to start by the last quarter of this year.

The full 2.6 million square metres resort will be completed in stages by 2007.

'Our luxury project will be the first that offers property for sale to non-GCC nationals since the new Omani law came into effect,' said the CEO.

Dubai International Properties chief executive officer Farhan Faraidooni said 'what we promise to develop at Yiti is a high luxury resort for both visitors and homeowners'.

This agreement is in line with the directives of General Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defence, issued during his recent visit to Oman to encourage co-operation between UAE and Oman.

The first-of-its-type Omani resort project comes close on the heels of a recent announcement by Dubai International Properties that it is building a commercial, residential and retail high-rise complex in the Qatari capital of Doha at a cost of Dh1 billion. The Qatari project is to be called Dubai Towers - Doha.

'The vision of General Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defence is focussed upon not only building the prosperity and future of the UAE, but also extending the fruits of what we have learned here across our borders,' said Mohammed Al Gergawi.

'We have many goals to accomplish and we need to continue and build upon the momentum that we have gained.

'I congratulate Dubai International Properties that in the short time since it was founded, it has announced two major projects worth a combined total of more than Dh4 billion within weeks of each other.

'Not only has Dubai International Properties conceived of the projects, it has managed to get permissions, tie-up all the financing and complete all formalities,' Al Gergawi said.

'I am sure that we shall see several other projects in various parts of the world from Dubai International Properties, in the coming few months and years,' said the Dubai Holding CEO.

The Dubai Holding CEO pointed out that Oman had recently allowed non-GCC nationals the right to own property in Oman.

'We will create an integrated lifestyle resort - a first for Oman - with multiple luxurious components to suit the varied tastes and styles of visitors and residents,' said Al Gergawi.

Announcing details of the project, Farhan Faraidooni said the project is located in a :beautifully scenic site between a set of mountains and the pristine beaches of the Arabian Sea'.

He said: 'You can have breakfast by the sea and lunch up in the mountains.

'You can play golf with the sea reaching to the horizon in front of you even as the mountains rise majestically up to the skies behind you.

'The breezes from off the ocean create a pleasant moderate and enjoyable climate. The resort will be away, and yet near, to the city,' he added.

He said the luxury resort will be developed with manmade canals coming in from the sea and reaching all the way to the mountains so that an awe-inspiring waterfront development could be created.

The multi-faceted resort will have several major segments and will be a city within itself, offering unrivalled luxury designed to provide a varied range of entertainment, leisure and tourism options.

These include a set of three luxury hotels, one on the beach for water sports enthusiasts, one in the mountains that will offer the majestic beauty of the Omani mountains as well as all activities associated with them.

Keeping to the theme of offering a resort lifestyle, the development will house a world-class health and wellness centre with a spa and other facilities to cater to the well being of its guests.

Villas will be built and offered on sale alongside the sandy beaches, in the mountains and around an 18-hole Championship Golf Course and Club.

To complete the community lifestyle, there will be a Souk and a Marina, apart from serviced & furnished apartments and all the amenities and facilities that have become the hallmark of the major developments promoted by Dubai entities.

'What we promise to develop at Yiti is a high luxury resort for both visitors and homeowners. We have done our research and have received clear interest from Gulf nationals and Europeans who wish to take advantage of Oman's liberalised property law and the natural beauty and moderate climate of the area,' added Faraidooni.-
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thats a hude project for oman, on dubai Tv they had a report on it, all is based on omani style architecture very nice!
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The Wave appoints Turner Construction as its Project and Construction Managers

The Wave has appointed US-based Turner Construction - International as the Project and Construction Managers for phase 1 of Oman's premier tourism and sea front residential project.
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http://www.ameinfo.com/news/Detailed/57546.html

Ali Odeh, VP & GM ME Turner, H.E Abdullah Abbas Ahmed, Chairman of Waterfront Investments & President of Muscat Municipality & Jeff Rossely, Group VP, Majid Al-Futtaim Investments.

Turner Construction has underlined it presence in the region since 1975 and made its entry in the Sultanate of Oman in 2001. The construction major's world-class systems and its consistent ability to ensure timely and quality completion of huge projects have been instrumental for its continued success in the region. Turner Construction has a proven track record of managing tourism projects in Oman, and are currently handling the massive Barr Al Jissah project in Oman.

Mr. Wael Al Lawati, Acting CEO of The Wave, said: 'As a project of this scope and size requires the knowledge, guidance and advice of top consultants and professionals, we are very pleased to appoint Turner Construction as the Project and Construction Managers for The Wave. Their experience and expertise in tourism development projects makes them the obvious choice for an exclusive and luxurious project like The Wave.'


Christopher Harris, Country Manager, Turner Construction said: 'We are extremely happy to have been appointed by the promoters of the Wave project, and we are looking forward to a fruitful working relationship with them. Turner combines the established presence of a local firm with the strength, stability and resources of a global company. Turner's hotel and residential expertise allows us to mitigate risk by proactively managing activities. We bring an attention to quality to the project, necessary at upscale developments such as The Wave.'
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The Wave, Oman's top tourism and seafront residential development project, have signed a project marketing consultancy contract with PRDnationwide, a specialist in project marketing and development.

The construction of the first phase of The Wave project will commence soon and once developed, will include; 18 hole Golf Course, Marina, numerous hotels, exclusive villas and diverse residential offerings as well as retail and restaurant outlets.

The Wave is a joint venture comprising Oman's Waterfront Investments, representing the Government of Oman, the National Investment Funds Company that represents the Omani Pension Funds and State General Reserve Funds and the UAE's Majid Al Futtaim Investments.

"This agreement with PRDnationwide is a natural extension of our initiative to effectively put across our message and market the unique project to our key audiences," said Jeff Rossely, group vice-president, Majid Al Futtaim Property Development.

"The Wave is being developed keeping in mind discerning international and regional home buyers and following this pact with PRDnationwide, we have found an experienced marketing partner."

James Fox, managing director of PRDnationwide Middle East, said:

"PRDnationwide has identified the Middle East and in particular Oman as a significant growth region.

"We are extremely excited and feel privileged to be involved in the creation of Muscat's first fully integrated waterfront residential community."

Fox also said: "As the first completely integrated residential community here in Oman, it will be modelled on our extensive experience gained from our latest projects and will soon join the league of the top residential community projects in the Middle East.

"Our advice on all aspects of the development, will create a contrasting and extensive product mix.

"The standards of design and construction will be of the exceptionally high standard that PRDnationwide has been creating over the past 40 years in Australasia."

PRDnationwide, which was established in 1976, has more than 170 offices throughout Australia with affiliate offices in Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Jakarta, Shanghai and now in Muscat, Oman, making it Australia's leading real estate organisation, project marketing and development consultants employing around 200 people.

An additional 1,800 people are employed throughout the PRDnationwide franchise network. Its internal research department employs qualified researchers who focus solely on property analysis.

The group's expertise has been recognised many times over the years and more recently the company won the coveted Jaguar Award for International Project Marketing.

The Wave is being developed through a joint venture consisting of Oman's Waterfront Investments (representing the Government of Oman), National Investment Funds Company (representing the Omani Pension Funds and State General Reserve Funds), and the UAE- based Majid Al Futtaim Investments.

Overlooking the Gulf Of Oman near the Seeb International Airport, The Wave will occupy a beachfront of more than 7 km, across a total area of more than 200 hectares.

The Wave project will be developed in two phases.

The first phase of the project will involve reclamation of land, infrastructure development and site improvement, which will include a world-class Golf Course and Marina.

The second phase will feature the development of hotels, villas, condominium towers and upscale apartment complexes, as well as retail and restaurant outlets.
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Oman sees final US trade deal by end of May

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Oman and the US have finished most of their work on a free trade agreement and could have a final deal by the end of May, a top Omani official said.

'There are (a) very few points which need some clarifications, some changes, which we'll be doing through the electronic mail in the next month. So I think by end-May, we'll complete the agreement,' said Oman Commerce and Industry Minister Makboul bin Ali bin Sultan.

Oman hopes the pact can be signed by the two countries in time for the US Congress to pass it this year, bin Sultan said. However, that could depend on how quickly lawmakers approve pending trade agreements with Bahrain and a much more controversial pact with Central American countries and the Dominican Republic.

Oman, a non-Opec oil producer, and the US began negotiations on the free trade agreement in March and held their second round of talks this week in Washington.

'We certainly will not need a third round,' Bin Sultan said.

The US is also negotiating a free trade agreement with Opec-member UAE. Those talks also began in March and a second round is scheduled next week.

Trade between the US and the two Gulf countries totals about $6 billion annually. Most of that is with the UAE, which is the United States' third-largest market in the Middle East, behind Israel and Saudi Arabia.

The US imports fuel products, clothing and textiles from the two countries and sends them machinery, aircraft, cars and consumer and farm goods.

The proposed agreements are part of a Bush administration initiative aimed at creating a regional free trade zone in the Middle East by 2013. The US already has free trade pacts with Israel, Jordan and Morocco. Congress could approve a fourth pact -- with Bahrain -- this year.

The US has also been negotiating an agreement with Saudi Arabia that would pave the way for Riyadh to join the World Trade Organisation.

Bin Sultan said he hoped the US and Saudi Arabia will announce they have reached a deal when President George W Bush meets Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah, but added he did not know if that would happen.
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Construction work on The Wave, Oman's top tourism and seafront residential development project, has begun as per schedule.

With excavation and earthmoving works commencing on site, The Wave, considered to be Oman's most ambitious initiative, has started to take shape.

"The scope of work will be managed by US-based Turner Construction, the recently appointed project and construction managers of the project," said Jeff Rossely, group vice-president, Majid Al Futtaim Development.

"Prequalification of related construction work on the project will also commence soon," said Jeff Rossely.

The Wave is a joint venture comprising Oman's Waterfront Investments, representing the Government of the Sultanate of Oman, the National Investment Funds Company that represents the Omani Pension Funds and State General Reserve Funds and the UAE's Majid Al Futtaim Investments.

The Wave, set to become the regional focal point, offers unparalleled prospects to Arab and foreign investors with a vast array of modern amenities, accommodation and leisure facilities.

Waterfront Investments chairman Abdullah bin Abbas bin Ahmed said: "Earthworks have begun on The Wave and additional equipment will be pressed into service soon.

"We are all proud of this milestone as Muscat witnesses the construction of a very exciting addition to this unique city.

"The project, being built keeping in mind the discerning international and regional tourists, offers incomparable opportunities to investors who are looking for an exciting, authentic new destination."

Jeff Rossely said The Wave, which is the first completely integrated residential community here in Oman, will soon join the league of the top residential community projects in the Middle East.

The initial work will involve infrastructure development and site earthworks, and will be quickly followed by building the 18-hole Oceanfront PGA Golf Course, 500 berth Marina, diverse residential offerings, world class hotels and commercial space.

Overlooking the Gulf Of Oman near the Seeb International Airport, The Wave will occupy a beachfront of more than 7 km, across a total area of 200 hectares. The project when completed will include a world-class Golf Course, Marina, sea-facing villas and apartments and several unique hotels with different themes.

Various exciting retail and restaurant outlets will also be offered at the marina, golf course and seaside.
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Hi, well after Bahrain, Oman is next then the UAE should follow, enjoy:

Oman and the US have finished most of their work on a free trade agreement and could have a final deal by the end of May, a top Omani official said.

'There are (a) very few points which need some clarifications, some changes, which we'll be doing through the electronic mail in the next month. So I think by end-May, we'll complete the agreement,' said Oman Commerce and Industry Minister Makboul bin Ali bin Sultan.

Oman hopes the pact can be signed by the two countries in time for the US Congress to pass it this year, bin Sultan said. However, that could depend on how quickly lawmakers approve pending trade agreements with Bahrain and a much more controversial pact with Central American countries and the Dominican Republic.

Oman, a non-Opec oil producer, and the US began negotiations on the free trade agreement in March and held their second round of talks this week in Washington.

'We certainly will not need a third round,' Bin Sultan said.

The US is also negotiating a free trade agreement with Opec-member UAE. Those talks also began in March and a second round is scheduled next week.

Trade between the US and the two Gulf countries totals about $6 billion annually. Most of that is with the UAE, which is the United States' third-largest market in the Middle East, behind Israel and Saudi Arabia.

The US imports fuel products, clothing and textiles from the two countries and sends them machinery, aircraft, cars and consumer and farm goods.

The proposed agreements are part of a Bush administration initiative aimed at creating a regional free trade zone in the Middle East by 2013. The US already has free trade pacts with Israel, Jordan and Morocco. Congress could approve a fourth pact -- with Bahrain -- this year.

The US has also been negotiating an agreement with Saudi Arabia that would pave the way for Riyadh to join the World Trade Organisation.

Bin Sultan said he hoped the US and Saudi Arabia will announce they have reached a deal when President George W Bush meets Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah, but added he did not know if that would happen.
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Oman's Blue City to cost $10bn

The Blue City, Oman's largest tourism development project, involving an investment outlay of more than $10 billion, is expected to lay the foundation for a new era of development in the country's economic and social arena.

The multi-billion dollar Blue City, among the largest projects in the entire Middle East, will come up at Al Sawadi seafront area near Barka. The project will be developed over several phases, in the next 5-10 years, said a report in the Times of Oman.

The international investment consortium, along with the project developer, will make a broad presentation on the project on June 4, 2005, in Muscat. Details of the proposed 34 sq km multi-speciality seafront city -- Al Madina Al Zarqa -- will be announced to the national and international media at Grand Hyatt at 9.30 am. A comprehensive presentation on the project will be made at 6.30 pm at Al Bustan Palace Hotel the same day.

Ahmed bin Abdulnabi Macki, minister of national economy and deputy chairman of the Financial Affairs and Energy Resources Council, will preside over the presentation ceremony, the report said.

More than 90 journalists from the international media are expected to attend the press conference. The international investment consortium (Al Sawadi Investment and Tourism Company) is made up of Oman's Cyclone LLC and A A J Holdings, Bahrain and Oasis Middle East Holding.

Tourism industry experts said: "The government is providing the project with extensive support as the 'Blue City' is expected to give a big boost to the Sultanate's tourism industry, and attract good amount of foreign investment."

Bahrain's ReeMoon, currently developing the one million sq metre, Bahrain Financial Harbour, has been appointed the development managers for the mega Blue City project in Oman. In due course the Blue City is expected to become home for more than 200,000 people.

"This is a very large and exciting tourism project that will bring several world-class facilities to the city, which is much needed for today's tourism development initiatives," tourism industry analysts said, according to the report.

"With government support, the private sector is actively partaking in the nation-building process. Worldwide, it's an age of tourism, and endeavours like the Blue City will attract a good amount of foreign investment," Omani industrialists opined.
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