Project Management Institute: Arabian Gulf Chapter

Site Visit to Saraya Bandar Jissah on May 15 2013 Qantab Area - Muscat

“The visit organized by PMI – AGC Oman region was to Saraya Bandar Jissah; a site situated in Bandar Jissah, a coastal town 11 kilometers southeast of Muscat, the capital of the Sultanate of Oman, and 40 kilometers away from Seeb International Airport. The proposed development at Bandar Jissah is one of few national tourism projects or “integrated tourist complexes” that are currently in progress as adopted by the Ministry of Tourism in Oman forming part of its strategy set for 2010 till 2020.

The site visit started with registration of the attendee then followed by a presentation by Mohammed Al-Hadeethi; the Sr. Construction Manager from Saraya Bandar Jissah (SAOC) who described the site, the envisioned master plan and its components. Saraya Bandar Jissah site covers an area of approximately 2.2 million square meters encompassing ridges, mountains, valleys and a curved beach. The beach sits within a sheltered natural bay with its own small island.

A high mountain ridge bounds the rear of the Site forming a continuous barrier between the sea and inland, leaving a band of lower land in which the site is located. The proposed development is in proximity to the Oman Dive Centre, Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort, Qantab and Yity villages, and Al Bustan Hotel.

Mountains, valleys and a sheltered bay with a wide curving sandy beach are the natural characteristics of the Site. Over the centuries, the flood waters have created two valleys from the rear of site that lead towards the sea, while mountains dramatically rise on either side. Some important archaeological sites have been identified within the site; several sites will be preserved and undisturbed within the Master-plan design and some other sites will be integrated into the design of one of the hotels.


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