Oman awards contracts for $1.3bn waterfront project

The Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran) has awarded two major consultancy contracts for the first phase of its ambitious RO500-million ($1.3 billion) Mina Al Sultan Qaboos Waterfront project.

HD23, a joint venture between Nadia Al Lawati, an Omani architect and owner of 23 Degrees North, and Harper Downie, has been named lead consultant and master planner for the project, while the UK-based Foster and Partners, an international studio for architecture, planning, engineering and design, along with the German-Omani Hoehler and Al Salmy will be the architectural consultants.

As per the contract, the 50/50 joint venture HD23 will ensure that 100 per cent of the project design is completed in Oman, led by Al Lawati.

HD23 said it will embrace and mentor young Omani architects and recruit them based on Omran’s “Design League” initiative, which was formed to become the leading independent forum for architecture, design and urban planning in the sultanate.

Among other appointments, Blizzard Brothers has been selected to manage the first construction activity of Souq Al Mina, which will be a core public aspect of the development.

The mega waterfront project will be developed in over four separate phases, said top officials of Omran at an official launch ceremony of the Mina Al Sultan Qaboos Waterfront in Muscat yesterday (November 16).

Phase One of the integrated mixed-use waterfront destination, set to be developed at a cost of $390 million, will transform the current commercial Port Sultan Qaboos area into a major tourism-based development, spanning...Read more...