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$600m Saraya Bandar Jissah project on schedule

by Ashleigh McGinley on Mar 15, 2016

Saraya Bandar Jissah project.
Saraya Bandar Jissah project.

A $600m luxury integrated tourism complex (ITC) being built on the outskirts of Muscat is set to welcome its first residents at the beginning of 2017.

The Saraya Bandar Jissah project - a joint venture between Omran and Saraya Oman - is also expected to open the doors to its first five-star Jumeirah Group hotel in the first quarter of 2017.

While low oil prices are affecting some construction projects, officials at Saraya Bandar Jissah said the development is on schedule to meet its deadline for the first phases, The Times of Oman reported.

Lee O'Donoghue, vice president, marketing and sales, Saraya Bandar Jissah, was quoted by The Times of Oman, as saying: " If we are to sum up the development at this stage it will be 'Coming Soon'.

"We're moving; yea oil prices are down, but it has not stopped us. We are 100% moving forward.

"People will be living here early next year."

On completion, the resort located in the Al Hajar Mountains near Qantab, will consist of three residential zones and two hotels - one comprising 206 rooms and the other, a boutique property, featuring 112 rooms.

The overall development will include a 1,200 m2 Talise spa, a dive centre, a wide range of sports and leisure facilities, a selection of restaurants, bars and cafes and a kids club.

The resort will also include conference and banquet facilities to cater for Oman’s growing attraction as a destination for conferences, meetings and large scale events.

On the residential side, three zones separate the hotels - offering equally picturesque views of the area.

Nameer, the central island which is surrounded by a canal and lagoon, will feature 33 villas comprising three and four-bedroom villas with each having access to an infinity swimming pool.

The Zaha Zone is made up of 169 properties comprising two bedroom apartments three-bedroom duplexes.

The top level duplexes feature gardens and swimming ppols caved into the mountain.

Finally, the 22 five-bedroom Wajd residencnes - placed atop a cliff - offer panoramic views of the ocean and ground below.