DSA appointed to design five-star Muscat hotel

Firm picks up deal for 106-room property at Bandar Jissah

Saraya Bandar Jissah CEO Sheikh Hamood Al Hosni (left) signs contract with DSA managing director Steve Kelshaw
Saraya Bandar Jissah CEO Sheikh Hamood Al Hosni (left) signs contract with DSA managing director Steve Kelshaw

Saraya Bandar Jissah, the company developing a five-star luxury resort to the north east of Omani capital Muscat, has appointed DSA Architects International to carry out the design of the second of two five-star hotels.

The company said the appointment of DSA as lead consultant for the 106-key boutique hotel marks the final stage of the resort's design.

The design of the first hotel has already been approved and a tender for the construction contract has been floated, although a contractor has not yet been appointed. Earthworks and site preparation began on site within the past few weeks.

DSA's bid has been supported by consulting engineer WSP. Its design is based around a traditional Omani village and incorporates elements from the surrounding areas, including the nearby mountains and the beach. It will also incorporate remains on the site as one of the main elements of the resort.

Saraya Bandar Jissah CEO Sheikh Hamood Al Hosni said: “This contract is the final step in the design of the hotels and the vital last link in the complete development design.

"We are very much looking forward to starting work with DSA Architects and seeing the complete vision of the project come to life.

He added that the both hotels are due to open during the first quarter of 2017.

“It is important for us to work with our local communities and on completion; these two hotels will provide a wide range of hospitality employment opportunities for the local Omani workforce.”

DSA Architects said that the would "take characteristic elements from an old Omani village to complement the natural surroundings, and will ensure that our design protects the sites of natural heritage which enrich the story of Saraya Bandar Jissah”.

Other consultants on the design team include Aedas (interior design), Verdaus (landscaping) and DPA (lighting). 

DSA has five international offices in Dubai, Doha, Baku, Johannesburg and Lisbon.

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