MoT signs agreement to develop RM400mn integrated tourism project 'Naseem A'Sabah'
02 April 2017
Muscat - The Ministry of Tourism (MoT) has signed an agreement to develop the integrated tourism project ‘Naseem A’Sabah’.
The pact to develop the RO400mn project was signed with Amouage Hotels & Resorts. The agreement was signed on Thursday by H E Ahmed bin Nasser bin Hamad al Mehrzi, Minister of Tourism, Mamas Christodoulides, chairman of Amouage Hotels & Resorts, and Mohammed al Khalidi, who is a partner in the project.
The Naseem A’Sabah project will be located on the northern shore of Mawaleh in Seeb in the Muscat governorate, and is part of an integrated tourism complex (ITC). The agreement was signed between MoT and Amouage Hotels & Resorts, which is the main developer and investor of the project using the usufruct system.
The project covers a total area of 400,000sq m, and will be completed in two stages. The construction work of the first phase will begin by next year. Naseem A’Sabah has been designed to accommodate more than 1,200 residential units and hotel rooms. It will have a world-class five-star hotel within its premises, and a business hotel with a total capacity of 600 rooms. In addition to the 696 units of world-class design and quality, a marina and yacht club, as well as a mixed-use resort village comprising restaurants, cafés, shops and commercial outlets, office suites, various restaurants, and many other recreational and service facilities will also be a part of the project.
H E Mehrzi said, “In keeping with the Omani Tourism Strategy 2040, ‘Naseem A'Sabah’ is one of the ITC projects, through which we aspire to achieve a number of objectives related to the development of the tourism sector.
“The project will further help strengthen the infrastructure of the sector, upgrade the quality of services, create various leisure and service facilities, and ensure the optimal use of tourism components while achieving added value for the economy.” Christodoulides said, “To achieve the vision for Naseem A’Sabah and to create a commercially viable ITC development, emphases were given throughout the development in reflecting the local heritage, architecture, and the environment, which will encourage tremendous employment opportunities for Omanis.”
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