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With seven pearl-shaped buildings strung across the water, all lit up at night in different colours, along with a towering hotel, it looks like another grandiose project from Dubai or Doha.
In fact, this $2.5 billion (RO962 million) development is in Oman and work on the master plan will begin next month (January). “Omagine” will feature up to three hotels, as well as serviced apartments and chalets, a boutique mall, an open air ampitheatre, a harbour and exclusive residences.
Up to 1,000 jobs will be created for Omanis on the project, which is earmarked for a plot of beachfront land in Al Hail, close to Muscat International Airport.
The proposed Omagine project, a combination of the phrase “Imagine Oman”, will feature seven buildings (the pearls) that follow different themes: Oman, culture, energy, innovation, earth, sea and sky in a reflection of the historical, cultural and scientific influences from around the world and Oman.
The development will also feature offices and more than 2,000 residences, as well as a large number of eateries, restaurants and coffee shops, Frank Drohan, the managing director of Omagine, told a local newspaper.
“Omagine will entertain while subtly unveiling the true story of man and its heritage, world culture and modernity, innovation and imagination, energy, sea, earth and sky,” he said.
The project is expected to take five years to complete.