An eco-themed five star resort, observation and wildlife preservation park has been announced for Oman.
Phase one of the development at Ras Al-Hadd will feature a 100 room eco-themed resort, 50 hotel villas and 150 residential villas is expected to be completed by the end of 2013.
Phase two of the development will see construction of another 100 five-star hotel rooms added to the resort. A further 196 residential villas, and a dedicated centre for wildlife preservation and observation park covering over 10,000 square metres will also be commissioned.
During phase three, the development will have an additional 200 five-star rooms added to the resort, as well as an additional 50 hotel villas, 179 residential villas, a new market area covering 16,000 square metres, and the construction of a specialised marine life park.
Lastly, the eco-resort will see completion of 150 more five-star hotel rooms, 50 hotel villas, 175 residential villas, a dedicated heritage village, and a specialised accommodation zone for support staff with a capacity for 836 employees.
The eco resort and park is a joint venture between investors from Oman and Qatar and will be completed with an estimated investment of US$649 million.
At the project launch, His Excellency Ahmed Bin Nasser Al Mahrazi, Minister of Tourism said, “The Ras Al-Hadd project forms part of comprehensive Government growth strategy aiming at developing the tourism sector in Oman. The development fully caters to emerging trends in the tourism sector globally, and once completed will provide tourists and visitors with a stunning insight into the unique wildlife in the region, as well as generate broader economic opportunities for the tourism sector in the Sultanate.”
His Excellency added, “The tourism sector has proved its capability in attracting global investors due to the high potentials in this field. We are very pleased to sign the agreement today with Qatari Diar, a company that is developing a large number of impressive projects regionally and globally, besides being a fellow member of the GCC. We are confident that the Ras Al-Hadd development will be implemented based on the highest global standards and will prove to be a quality addition to the growing tourism sector in Oman, further enhancing our competitiveness globally.”
Ras Al-Hadd eco resort developer Omran’s CEO Wael Al Lawati added, “Ras Al-Hadd has a fantastic growth potential as a destination for local, regional and international tourists to discover the stunning wildlife of the region, and to experience the history and hospitality of Omani culture. This eco-themed project delivers a number of unique tourist attractions within the master plan, including a wildlife preservation and observation park, a marine life park, and of course, the heritage village which will celebrate the rich history of Omani culture surrounding Ras Al-Hadd.”