Muscat: Phase 1 (A) of Al Nakheel Integrated Tourism Complex (ITC) development was launched at a ceremony held at the W Hotel Muscat today under the patronage of Salim Mohammed Al Mahrouqi, Minister of Heritage and Tourism.
Al Nakheel ITC project, which spans a total area of 500,000 square meters of usufruct land, is located in Al Rumais which links Muscat Governorate with the Wilayat of Barka. The development is characterised by its 830-meter waterfront overlooking the Sea of Oman. At the heart of the development is the Crystal Lagoon covering an area of 51,000 square meters and the promenade which will become the recreational and entertainment zone of the new urban area.
The event attended by high level officials from the Ministry as well as representatives from the investors.
Murtadha Ahmed Sultan, Member of the Board of Directors of Towell Group, partner in ALARGAN Towell Investment Company and primary investor of the project; Eng. Khaled Al-Mashaan, CEO and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of ALARGAN International Real Estate Company based in Kuwait; and Mohammed Moosa Al Abri, CEO of Al Nakheel project were also present on the occasion.
Al Mahrouqi has stressed the importance of this project in its new version, which aligns with the Ministry’s plan to build a diversified tourism sector that meets the needs and requirements of the domestic and regional tourism industry. He noted that this project enhances the competitive capabilities of the Sultanate of Oman, combining natural, historical, cultural, heritage and social elements that are unique to the Gulf region. He also lauded those at the helm of this project and praised the investment model that brings together partners from inside and outside the Sultanate. He added that the ministry is working at various levels to accomplish similar projects in a number of governorates, thanks to the approved directions and policies to build an economy based on diversified revenue streams that enhance the labour market and local content.
On his turn, Murtadha Ahmed Sultan noted, “The project aims to strengthen the infrastructure of the tourism sector, increase the number of hotel rooms, create rewarding employment opportunities for Omanis, and achieve other goals that are related to the development of the tourism sector in the Sultanate of Oman in line with Oman Tourism Strategy 2040. We are confident that the project will be a valuable addition to the Wilayat of Barka as well as the surrounding areas, including the nearby capital city of Muscat.”
Meanwhile, Eng. Khaled Al-Mashaan noted, “The attractiveness of the Sultanate of Oman as a leading tourist destination in the region and the government’s plans to develop the tourism sector, have encouraged investors to enter this promising sector, which we expect to be one of the most prominent economic sectors in the country in the next few years.
We, at ALARGAN International, are among the first investors in the real estate sector in Oman. Our decision, at ALARGAN Towell, to invest in the field of integrated tourism complexes providing a market leading design that will harness the natural beauty of the area to develop outstanding tourist attractions in the Wilayat of Barka, is a continuation of the success stories achieved by the company across the Sultanate, which are represented by distinctive projects that add value to the communities around them.”
The development includes three hotels and hotel apartments with a total capacity of 670 keys, 1,436 residential apartments, villas and town houses that will be available for ownership by Oman citizens and other nationalities. It will also include a shopping mall, a traditional souk, an international school, various restaurants, an aqua park and other entertainment and service facilities. The project will be developed in three phases over the course of 10 to 15 years.
During this year, the construction works will start in Phase 1 (A) of the project, which includes the internal roads and infrastructure of the project, the Crystal Lagoon with its recreational facilities, a four-star hotel with 188 keys, a traditional souk, apartments and residential villas.
Mohammed Moosa Al Abri said, "The project is characterised by a natural and calm location on the beach of Al-Rumais, which is close to the Governorate of Muscat, the City Center of Barka and other urban centres. The project aims to create a tourist destination in the Wilayat of Barka that is attractive to citizens, residents and tourists coming to Oman. In addition to the Crystal Lagoon and its other design characteristics, Al Nakheel ITC project will be distinguished from other ITC projects by the reasonable prices of residential units which will be within the reach of citizens and residents alike. We expect the project to attract local and foreign investments across various components of the project, create added value and contribute to the GDP of the Sultanate.”