Oman’s Ministry of Tourism has signed an agreement with Amouage Hotels and Resorts for the development of an integrated tourism complex (ITC) worth $1.03bn (OMR400m) in Muscat.

Called Naseem A’Sabah, the waterfront development project will be located on North Al Mawleh Beach, in the wilayat of A’Seeb. It will feature a five-star hotel, a business hotel, as well as 696 housing units, a marina, and a yacht club.

According to Oman News Agency (ONA), the complex will also include a multi-use village featuring office spaces, business centres, and restaurants, among other facilities and services.

Ahmed bin Nasser al-Meherzi, Oman’s Minister of Tourism, noted that Naseem A’Sabah is one of the several ITC projects planned to boost the country’s tourism sector through improved infrastructure, as outlined in the Oman Tourism Strategy 2040.

He added that the project, which will be opened for freehold by foreigners, will be implemented in two stages, and is expected to be completed within seven to eight years.

The first stage of the project will include the four-star hotel, 300 housing units, office spaces, restaurants, and shops. The second stage will include the marina, the five-star hotel, hotel apartments, and villas.

Mamas Christodoulides, chief executive officer of Amouage Hotels and Resorts, meanwhile, explained that – by taking on the complex – his company aims to develop an international project that showcases the history, culture, and architecture of Oman, while also providing job opportunities for its people.

by Fatima De La Cerna