In focus: $600m Saraya Bandar Jissah project, Oman
A round-up of the pre-design and current construction activities in place for Saraya Bandar Jissah, where Habtoor Leighton Group is constructing two Jumeirah Group hotels
In April 2015, Saraya Bandar Jissah, the developer of the tourism complex being built on the outskirts of Muscat, signed a $96m contract with Habtoor Leighton Group (HLG) for the delivery of a five-star beach hotel.
HLG is currently working on a full construction package including civil, structural, MEP and fit-out works for the hotel, which will be the second five-star property at the resort. Both are being built for the Jumeirah Group.
Senior design manager for Saraya Bandar Jissah, Ashraf Mahmoud, talked about how the two upcoming hotels will deliver an authentic Omani experience for guests, coupled with Jumeirah’s luxurious reputation for hospitality.
Commenting on the two landmark Jumeirah Hotels rapidly taking shape in Bandar Jissah bay, Ashraf Mahmoud said: “On the foreshore of Saraya Bandar Jissah are the resort and boutique hotels.
"The resort hotel will have 206 keys while the boutique hotel will offer 112 keys," he added, according to Times of Oman.
“The Jumeirah Group making its debut in the Sultanate at Saraya Bandar Jissah significantly raises the bar in terms of what Oman’s tourism industry will have to offer.
|The Jumeirah Group is known for their high-end, luxurious and distinctive properties, and the two hotels are a perfect fit for their brand ethos.”
Ashraf Mahmoud, a chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is overseeing the design and technical aspects of the development.
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According to Times of Oman, the team of international consultants from Jumeirah Group has hands-on experience in developing high-end luxury properties, with the emphasis for Saraya Bandar Jissah to be designed in a way that preserves the topography of the site and the environment, and to maintain its stunning natural beauty.
The design teams from Saraya Bandar Jissah and Jumeirah Hotels first travelled across the Sultanate, drawing inspiration from historical buildings like forts and castles, ancient cities like Misfat Al Abriyeen, and adopting the Omani and Islamic architectural traditions and design approach.
Ashraf added that from an environmental and sustainability standpoint, the hotels will have green roofs along with solar panelling for water heating.
“We have carefully selected the construction material in line with the international sustainability requirements," he said.
"We are working to ensure that the indigenous flora and fauna, as well as the geological treasures of the landscape are protected during construction, and even after commissioning. Additionally, over half of the development materials such as cabling and wiring, window materials and marble are locally-sourced, positioning Saraya Bandar Jissah as a proudly Omani development."
Understanding the historical significance of the site and existing archaeological ruins and integrating them as part of the story line with the new development’s urban design was one of the design challenges, the report added.
The Sultanate is known for its well-integrated villages, with the country’s pristine blend of mountain, coastal and agricultural marvels.
Tourists will have easy access to Muscat city’s most prominent tourist sites like the Muttrah Souq and Corniche.
Once the development is operational, hundreds of employees will be working at the two hotels as well as the management company, Saraya Bandar Jissah.
The project will provide direct employment to roughly 800 people and both, Saraya Bandar Jissah and the hotel operator Jumeirah, have placed a special emphasis on job training and creating meaningful employment opportunities for members of the local community, the report added.