95% of Oman National Museum done

Construction firms now readying the manpower to carry out the internal work for the project

Approximately 95% of work on the main structure of the National Museum in Muscat is finished, the museum director, Jamal Hassan al Moosawi said on Wednesday.

When complete, the National Museum will have 13 galleries that cover 4,000m2 of exhibition space, providing space for the exhibition of more than 5,000 artifacts.

“The bulk of external work is complete. Visitors passing by old Muscat will be able to see the project coming up,” Moosawi said, as he provided an update on the progress of the project.

“Work on the main structure may continue into the later part of this year,” he added, in a report carried by Muscat Daily, an Omani based newspaper.

Construction firms are now readying the manpower to carry out the internal work for the project.

“The project’s main contractor, Carillion Alawi, which was awarded the tender in March 2010, is now focused on getting the workforce for the internal construction, which will include ‘gallery space’, the education centre, conservation facilities, offices and other elements,” Moosawi explained.

“Simultaneously, we are in the process of launching the fit-out (final decor and furniture), which is the second largest element of the construction.”

“The fit-out stage of construction will start towards the first half of next year and include interior designing, creation of showcases and installation of audio-visual systems. This stage is expected to be complete by 2014,” he told the newspaper.

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