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Al Yahmadi ... supporting Oman's diversification

Oman firm to develop major theme park project

MUSCAT, December 22, 2016

Oman's Muscat National Development & Investment Company (ASAAS)  has announced plans for a world-class multi-cluster entertainment and leisure destination in Barka.

This 1.5 million-sq-m mega-project has been specifically planned to complement and enhance the sultanate’s existing tourism attractions, the company said.

The first development of its kind and scale in Oman, this outstanding national asset will boast an integrated theme park, a wildlife and waterpark, an equestrian center and edutainment center as well as multiple hotels, a residential zone, retail areas that will offer a range of retail, leisure and dining options.

Muscat Finance Corporation Limited (MFCL) has transferred, through one of its group companies, a plot of 1.5 million square meters in its project, previously known as Blue City, to Muscat National Development Company SAOC (ASAAS).

Eng. Khalid Al Yahmadi, ASAAS CEO said: “The result of extensive local and regional research and consultation, this entertainment and leisure destination, in common with all ASAAS projects and investments, will support the Sultanate’s agenda to diversify the economy and drive societal progress. It will, without a doubt, add new vitality and impetus to Barka and the surrounding area but the immense scale of the destination means that its impact will extend well beyond the immediate vicinity of its operations. Indeed, benefiting the country as a whole, it will deliver sustainable economic returns, attract investment, stimulate development and enterprise, and create a multitude of direct and indirect job opportunities.”

He said the company has identified a renowned American company based out of Orlando, Florida, to operate the theme park and wildlife park and that the names of other partners in this mega-project will be announced in the near future.  He further stressed that the family-oriented destination in Barka will be able to strongly communicate its unique offerings to the public and also leverage the beauty of the natural landscape to showcase Oman’s heritage and traditions, honouring local culture and history through its design, architecture and activities.

Built on a high-profile premium destination stretching approximately 1 km on the beach front, the project will offer both lifestyle and educational aspects for children and adults. Among other attractions, visitors will enjoy an innovative learning-focused dimension will be the Interactive Science and Technology Edutainment Centre, designed to be an inspirational knowledge hub for Oman’s young demographic. In addition, celebrating Oman’s famed horsemanship will be an Equestrian Centre. Planned to be the main centre for equestrian sports in the country, it will include a riding academy and show jumping and livery facilities along with dedicated shops and food outlets.

The destination’s masterplanner is Surbana Jurong, one of Asia’s largest urban and infrastructure development consultants. - TradeArabia News Service

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