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Oman's OMR 80 million mega resort to come up at Darsait hills


Salim Al Siyabi

Muscat: In a land of exquisite beauty at the Darsait hills, a treasure trove of tourist attractions is taking shape to showcase the scenic grandeur of Oman for visitors who are looking for unique and indelible experiences.

A resort is planned to be built next to The Cave (an OMR7 million restaurant complex),  with an investment of OMR80 million.

The mega resort will feature a seven-star hotel with 350 keys, multipurpose halls, a conference centre, spa, shopping facilities, and multi-storey parking lots with a total capacity of 800 to 900, according to Salim Al Siyabi, chairman of Falcon for Tourism Investments (FTI), which has built the restaurant complex and is developing the site further. Speaking to the Times of Oman, Al Siyabi said that the resort would include 24,000 square metres of shopping area, 14,000 square metres of water features, and 14,000 square metres of a commercial facility for gift items.

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Artificial beaches plan
Traditional jewellery and handicraft as well as antique items from Oman and a number of other countries will be sold, he said, adding that artificial beaches are planned to be built in the resort.

"We will use the topography of the site, the ups and downs of the hills. We will maintain the nature of the Cave. The facilities, even the hotel, will not exceed the height of the Cave," Al Siyabi noted.

"Once the Cave is operational, we will start working on the second phase, which is the resort," he added.

The resort project is in the conceptual phase, Falcon's chairman noted, adding that the company plans to invite local investors for the implementation of the project.

To get in touch with the reporter: elham@timesofoman.com

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