Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran) and Majid Al Futtaim have entered a partnership to develop an OR5-billion ($13 billion) mixed-use community, the sultanate’s largest urban development project that will create a new downtown area for the Muscat capital district.
Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran), the executive arm of the Government of Oman for the development of the tourism sector and Majid Al Futtaim, a leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, today announced a strategic partnership to develop the western area of Madinat Al Irfan in Muscat, Oman.
The joint venture will see the development of a vibrant mixed-use community that will serve as the new urban centre for Muscat. The announcement was made at a signing ceremony and joint press conference today at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre in Muscat, which was attended by members of the royal family, high-level government officials and senior leadership of Omran and Majid Al Futtaim.
Madinat Al Irfan is the sultanate’s largest urban development project and is set to contribute to Oman Vision 2040.The eastern area currently being developed by Omran sits alongside Wadi Park just minutes from the newly opened Muscat International Airport. It is a multi-use district adjoining the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC), a world- class venue for international conferences, trade shows and concerts.
The new mixed-use community is located at the western area of Madinat Al Irfan and spans over 4.5 million sq m. The joint venture project investment value is estimated at OR5 billion over a period of 20 years and is anticipated to create more than 30,000 direct and indirect jobs in the country. Centrally located in Muscat’s urban corridor, the development will become the gateway to Oman, creating a modern downtown for residents, businesses and visitors.
Dr Ali bin Masoud Al-Sunaidy, chairman of Omran, stated: “The development of Madinat Al Irfan is a great addition to Muscat and reflects the vision of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said to diversify the Omani economy. The benefits to the local economy and tourism are already being realized, but it will also bring great economic and social benefit to the whole of the Sultanate. The overall scale of the project is unprecedented and directly aligns with the government’s vision to invest in sustainable developments to strengthen and diversify the economy of Oman for the future generations.”
Peter Walichnowski, CEO of Omran, commented: “In the heart of Muscat, Madinat Al Irfan is Oman’s largest urban development which exemplifies Omran’s leading role in fueling expansion of the country’s tourism and real estate infrastructure, setting the benchmark for future sustainable urban lifestyle developments across the sultanate. This is another important step forward in the transformation of Muscat’s real estate and tourism offering towards setting a new international benchmark for urban development living. Using the most innovative and sustainable development and business partnership approaches, while remaining true to Oman’s unique and rich cultural heritage – Madinat Al Irfan is fast becoming a key catalyst for economic and social growth and opportunities. When you look at what is being achieved here, I truly believe this is the most exciting urban development in the Gulf region today – and today’s partnership with Majid Al Futtaim is key to this.”
Upon completion in three key stages, Madinat Al Irfan will feature more than 11,000 residential units comprising villas, townhouses and apartments, 100,000 sq m of retail space, 700,000 sq m of office space, as well as a number of cultural and lifestyle offerings. The development will serve as an integrated, sustainable and inclusive community, true to the values of Omani society. It will cater to all segments of the local community, providing a model for future urban developments, not just locally, but across the region. It will create a new urban lifestyle not yet seen in the sultanate.