Oman: $6bn tourism development deemed 'fake'
Oman's tourism minister Ahmad Al Meherzi has reportedly claimed that the Oman Oasis project is a 'fake'
A $6bn tourism project believed to be under construction in Oman is a 'fake', officials reportedly revealed as cited by Arabian Business.
According to a media announcement in April 2015, construction of the Wahat Oman (Oman Oasis) project was due commence in the ensuing weeks and be completed within six years.
The 834,000 sqm leisure complex was to be located in the northern Omani port of Shinas, local and regional press reported at the time.
The development was due to comprise five and seven-star hotels, an international sports hospital, health club, water sport faciltiies, mosque, shopping mall, homes and 'chalets'.
Earlier this week, Oman's tourism minister Ahmad Al Meherzi claimed that the Oman Oasis project was a 'fake' and does not exist, Gulf News reported.
The minister was prompted to make the claim after members of Oman's Shura council queried the status of the project and its scheduled launch date, the newspaper said.
"After launching an investigation into the project, it turned out that the project is fake," Al Meherzi said.
The press announcement was allegedly held by Sheikh Sabaa and the Ministry of Tourism has no involvement in it.