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Discovery hub of Foster + Partners-designed Mina Al Sultan Qaboos in Oman to open by Q3 2019

The discovery centre of Oman's Mina Al Sultan Qaboos, designed by Foster + Partners and Hoehler + alSalmy, and developed by Damac Properties, is set to open to the public by Q3 2019. 

Senior vice president for international development at Damac, Wael Al Lawati, said the company was looking forward to welcoming visitors to Mina Al Sultan Qaboos through its discovery centre.

He added, “Having redefined urban development in the Middle East, our support in this landmark project was an obvious fit, and underlines our ongoing commitment to the development of this region across market segments.”

The development is in line with Oman’s National Strategy for Tourism 2040.

Located at the southern end of the Muttrah Corniche, the space aims to educate visitors about the heritage of Muscat’s Muttrah district.

Since its initial announcement, Muttrah has undergone extensive planning and place-making research, and obstructing structures around the Phase 1 construction area have been cleared.

Mina Al Sultan Qaboos spans 64 hectares in Sultan Qaboos Port and will have a total built-up area of 451,000m2. Retail spaces will encompass 3,300m2 of the total built-up area. 

The project will include business and residential zones, six hotels (a mix of three, four and five-star), retail spaces, waterfront promenades, tourist attractions and recreation facilities. It will also include berthing facilities for cruise liners and superyachts. 

The project's design is said to highlight the maritime history of Muscat and showcase the Omani culture, heritage and innovation to an international audience.