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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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