Ras al Hadd is a village in Ash Sharqiyah district in Oman. This village is about to be turned into a US$649 million tourism project. This information is received by the Oman Tourism Development Company minister.
The first stage of the 1.8-million-square-meter, multi-phase project will be initiated during the first quarter of 2016.
The joint venture between the Sultanate’s government, represented by Omran and Al Diar Real Estate Investment Company of Qatar, comes after an agreement was signed in November 2014 to set up a tourism project in Ras Al Hadd in the Wilayat of Sur in the Governorate of South A’Sharqiyah, Oman.
The project will be developed in four phases, the first one includes the establishment of a 100-room eco-themed resort, 50 hotel villas, 150 residential villas and a 7,000-sq-m souq, set for completion by the end of 2018.
Phase two involves the addition of 100 new five-star hotel rooms to the resort, as well as an additional 196 residential villas, a centre for wildlife preservation and an observation park set over a 10,000 square metre area.
Phase three will see the construction of a separate 200-room five-star resort, an additional 50 hotel villas and 179 residential villas, as well as the development of a new market area covering 16,000 square metres and the construction of a specialised marine life park.
The final phase of the Ras Al Hadd project will see the opening of a 150-room five-star hotel, 50 hotel villas, 175 new residential villas, as well as the construction of a dedicated heritage village, in addition to a specialised staff accommodation zone housing 836 employees.
The company said in a statement published on its website that the resort and residential developments, as well as the attractions, firmly adhere to the core themes of sustainability and responsible tourism management.