The Sultanate’s banking sector has entered a new era of growth following the official unveiling of National Bank of Oman’s (NBO) spectacular new headquarters. The latest landmark to complement Muscat’s skyline took centre-stage at a special VVIP event under the auspices of His Highness Sayyid Asaad bin Tariq Al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for international relations affairs and special representative for His Majesty the Sultan, and is emblematic of the country’s push to achieve its wider social and economic objectives.
NBO’s new headquarters is a 50,000 square metre, nine-storey landmark. The building is the latest jewel on Muscat’s skyline, providing high-quality office space and innovative support facilities as the bank enters a new phase of growth in line with Oman’s economic diversification agenda.
Located opposite the Grand Mosque, and between the airport and city centre, the building reflects the landscape, architecture and culture of the Sultanate. At each floor level, the envelope of the headquarters changes, creating a natural stepped appearance rising from a roughhewn base to a clean, distinctive parapet line.
The building’s façade consists of two primary elements: a loadbearing natural stone façade to the base, and high quality precast concrete towards the upper floors. Omani stone is used in large deep blocks at the bottom to evoke the qualities of a natural landform. Planting is provided at raised terraces across the building in order to provide relief and connection with the landscape.
Surrounding the building’s striking central atrium inspired by Oman’s dramatic wadi gorges, there is the new main branch with a state-of-the-art innovation corner, as well as a high quality open plan workspace. The atrium brings together people, water, filtered sunlight and activity to create a memorable interior space. This balances public access with security requirements to create a multifunctional facility that serves as both a staff resource and event area.
The unique celebration took place on the 8th of November as Oman leads into its 47th National Day. The bank wanted to commemorate this landmark achievement for the country by honouring its progression with the unveiling of its new head office – a symbolic of a step in the same direction. Various VVIP guests from across the Sultanate were in attendance, and witnessed the unveiling of NBO’s new headquarters.