Work on the discovery centre at the Mina Al Sultan Qaboos (MaSQ), a $2-billion modern waterfront destination being developed by Muttrah Tourism Development Company in the capital Muscat, is in its final stages and is set for opening soon, said a report.
Muttrah Tourism Development Company is a joint venture between Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran) and Dubai luxury property developer Damac.
Featuring a host of amenities including hotels, residences, food and beverage, retail and entertainment offerings, the project is in line with the National Strategy for Tourism 2040, stated Omran.
Currently the on-site discovery centre at the MaSQ is being outfitted, and will soon open its doors to the public, it added.
Located across from the historical port, the discovery centre is the first visible structure in the transformation of MaSQ into a modern waterfront destination.
The space will offer unparalleled views of the Arabian Sea and aims to enrich visitors with the rich heritage of Muttrah, while leveraging technology tools, such as virtual reality gear, to explore the community’s rich past and its visionary future.
The centre will also showcase details of the approved masterplan for the waterfront destination, it stated.
Located at the southern end of the Muttrah Corniche, the MaSQ Discovery Centre will also house an Omani restaurant operated by Bait Al Luban, where visitors can enjoy fresh seafood against the stunning backdrop of Muscat’s prized port, it added.
"We look forward to welcoming our neighbours to discover our shared future, as we showcase our pride in the rich history of the port to our guests from around the world," remarked Wael Al Lawati, the senior vice-president for International Development at Damac.
“Having redefined urban development in the Middle East, our support in this landmark project was an obvious fit and underlines our ongoing commitment to the development of this region across market segments,” he added.
Damac said a prequalification tender for the project construction works, consisting of phased residential, hotels and retail phased development was also made public.
Qualified contractors were invited to be part of the transformation of the historical port into a $2-billion integrated waterfront destination, including whimsical public areas and entertainment offerings.
Muttrah Tourism Development Company said the project is in line with the National Strategy for Tourism 2040. Since the initial announcement of the joint venture, extensive project planning and place making research for Muttrah, the district that surrounds MASQ, has been undertaken, while obstructing structures have been cleared for the first phase of construction.
Damac said it was selected as the strategic partner of the joint venture due to its successful track record in developing world-class residential and leisure projects in the Gulf and around the world.
Its extensive portfolio of luxury homes, hotels and international golf courses in its home market of the UAE, Middle East and the UK, make it the ideal partner for establishing an integrated community-based destination that will attract global interest, added the company.-TradeArabia News Service