Muscat: Eleven mega tourism projects are either on-going or have received approvals for construction, according to a senior official at the Ministry of Tourism.
The ‘Salalah Beach’ project is in progress and aims to have eight hotels constructed, 2000 rooms and almost 3000 real estates. Two of the eight hotels are almost complete, and the project is expected to be ready by 2035.
Ras Al Had project has three hotels, 650 rooms and 488 real estates under its umbrella and construction has already begun. It’s Phase 1 has one hotel and 250 rooms, and rest of the project will see the light of day by 2023. Quriyat will also see 3 hotels, 750 rooms and 100 real estates come up by 2022.
‘The Mount’ at Bousher with 3 hotels, 363 rooms and 600 real estates has received approval and will be completed by 2023, whereas Muscat Bay (Saraya Bandar Jissah) in Qantab will have two hotels with 318 rooms and 488 real estates. The project started in 2012 and its first phase is ready.
‘Al Nakheel’ in Barka will begin this year and have three hotels ready by 2012 with 670 rooms and 1436 real estates.
Other Integrated Tourism Projects (ITCs) include ‘Naseem Al Sabah’ in Al Seeb with 2 hotels, 600 guest rooms and 830 real estates and is expected completion by 2022. ‘Omagine’, also in Al Seeb will have two hotels and 500 rooms, and is also to be completed by 2022.
‘Jebel Sifah’, whose construction started in 2008 will see completion in 2035 with a total of 4 hotels, 500 guest rooms and 1000 real estates. Salalah ‘Waterfront’ project will also start construction this year and will consist of 5 hotels, 1150 rooms and 1060 real estates.