Muscat: Construction of a 206-room five-star hotel has started at the $600 million (OMR230,346,000) Saraya Bandar Jissah development, the first Integrated Tourism Complex launched in seven years located on the outskirts of Muscat in the Hajar Mountains.
Leighton Middle East Contracting LLC, the local arm of Habtoor Leighton Group (HLG), one of the leading diversified international contractors in the region, has been appointed for the hotel construction with a contract worth around OMR30 million.
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Saraya Bandar Jissah development, spread over 2.2 square kilometers, will include two five-star beachfront luxury hotels that will be managed by the Jumeirah Group, the internationally-renowned luxury hotels and resorts operator.
The resort hotel that is being constructed by HLG features world-class facilities and services such as a beachfront ballroom for weddings and events, spa, sports activities including a dive centre, and specialty restaurants offering various international cuisines.
The hotel is nestled against the mountainside and presents spectacular views of the secluded beachfront and sea from its raised entrance and reception.
This hotel project, part of the first construction phase along with the 110-room boutique hotel, the design of which is very much in line with the history of Oman, will be completed in 2017. The two hotels will together form the major leisure components of Saraya Bandar Jissah.
HLG will be responsible for carrying out all civil works, MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) work and finishes. This will also include infrastructure preparation and landscaping.
HLG has wide experience in construction including hotel developments, commercial and retail developments, residential developments, hospitals and healthcare facilities and government buildings.
"Saraya Bandar Jissah is pleased to be working with HLG who has delivered quality projects throughout the region. We look forward to a successful work partnership to deliver this flagship property," Sheikh Hamood Al Hosni, CEO of Saraya Bandar Jissah, noted.
Atkins will serve as the supervision consultants, managing the progress of the construction work on site.
HLG CEO and managing director, José Antonio López-Monís, said HLG is pleased to be involved in a project that will help contribute to Oman's economy and enhance the region's attraction as a popular tourist destination.
"This is our first contract with Saraya Bandar Jissah, and we are proud to be selected as the main contractor to deliver what will be a flagship hotel in the region," he said.
The ground breaking ceremony for the second major construction stage of the Saraya Bandar Jissah project, which is being promoted as Oman's newest luxury address, was held on April 9.
Saraya Bandar Jissah, will be home to 398 exclusive residential units, including spacious hilltop villas, stylish townhouses and luxury apartments.
The delivery date for the first phase of the project, which includes the hotels, the recreational facilities and three residential zones, is 2017. The second phase, which consists of two residential zones, will be completed in 2020.