Oman’s $600m Saraya Bandar Jissah project on track – developer

Over 2,500 workers are on site at the under-construction tourism complex on the outskirts of Muscat

PHOTO: An aerial view of construction progress at the Saraya Bandar Jissah development. Credit: Supplied

Construction of Saraya Bandar Jissah, the $600 million tourism megaproject in Oman, is on track with “rapid progress” being made on site, the developer announced.

The project, which is being developed in partnership between Omran and Saraya Oman, is located on the outskirts of Muscat surrounded by the Hajar Mountains. The luxury development will comprise five residential zones, a recreational facility, staff accommodation and two five-star hotels to be operated by the Dubai-based Jumeirah Group.

Within a site area spanning 2.2 square kilometeres, the development will feature 398 residential units in five zones: Zaha, Nameer, Wajd, Na’eem and Safa.

“At Saraya Bandar Jissah, we pride ourselves on being able to offer our customers an exclusive living experience. I am pleased to report that overall project completion is exemplary headway in line with the planned timeline,” said Mohammed Al Hadeethi, senior construction manager at Saraya Bandar Jissah.

Over 2,500 workers are currently on site, from firms including Carillion Alawi, Leighton Middle East, Towell Construction, Ghantoot Transportation and General Contracting (GTGC), Bumi, Drake & Scull and Wolf.

In terms of overall site infrastructure works, Carillion Alawi is currently laying down the services network and has achieved more than 60% of the overall completion. All networks will be commissioned and ready for final connections to external services in Q1 2016.

On the beachfront, Leighton Middle East is advancing its progress on the construction of the two hotels, one of which will be a resort and the other a boutique hotel. The structure of the resort hotel has seen great advancements, and the whole exterior structure is expected to be complete before the end of the year. Overall, the resort hotel is over 20% complete.

Meanwhile, the construction of the boutique hotel is at the enabling works stage, and rock cutting and stabilisation is currently being carried out by the specialist contractor, Bumi Geo Engineering.

The staff accommodation, comprising 13 buildings ranging from one to three storeys in height, is also under construction, being built by GTGC. The structure for five out of 13 buildings are complete and 60% of all structural slabs have been poured on site.

Towell, the residential contractor, is working on three of the residential communities – Zaha, Nameer and Wajd – with the Zaha development currently 22% complete and due for completion at the beginning of 2017.

Saraya Bandar Jissah recently awarded the tender for designing and constructing a sewage treatment plant to Drake & Scull International, while KEO International Consultants will provide consultancy services. That project is presently at the design approval stage.

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