So the vision behind the Saraya Bandar Jissah project in Oman may cost $600 million but the view is priceless.
Up to 1,000 workers are currently on site in the Al Hajar Mountains turning the dream into a reality that will be home to 398 exclusive residential units including spacious hilltop villas, townhouses and luxury apartments
Scheduled for a grand opening in 2017, the development also incorporates two luxury hotels operated by Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts (see my reviews on Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Towers and Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach Hotel to know more about the group).
Work on the main resort hotel is well under way (the cranes on the right) and officials at the project revealed, during a tour of the site this morning, that construction of the boutique hotel (the crane on the left) is also due to begin ‘any day now’.
The development is being developed in a 50-50 partnership between Omran and Saraya Oman over 2.2 million square metres of land with the expansive beachfront aspect you can see in the picture, and a high point of 250 metres above sea level.
Only 20 per cent of the total area is being developed.
Saraya Bandar Jissah recently scooped ‘best international mixed-use development’ at the recent International Property Awards ceremony held recently in Dubai. It also received ‘Five Star award for New Hotel Construction and Design category’ and ‘Five Star award for Mixed-use Development category’ in Oman.
It’s the first Integrated Tourism Complex (ITC) – where expats are allowed to buy – to be launched in the Sultanate in seven years. While 80 per cent of buyers last year were from Oman, this year has seen far more GCC residents purchasing, say officials.
You can see more pictures and read more in tomorrow’s print edition of Times of Oman or online www.timesofoman.com.