Duqm: In a bid to attract tourists and investors, the Special Economic Zone at Duqm is witnessing hectic activity to develop various tourism projects at an estimated cost of more than OMR300 million.
The Special Economic Zone Authority at Duqm (Sezad) has earmarked an area of 25 square kilometres for tourism projects by providing it with electricity, water, roads and communications. The tourist area has 19km marine front.
Several hotels and tourist rest houses have come up in the area, including 4-star Crowne Plaza Hotel and 3-star City Hotel. Both hotels are owned by Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran). Mohammed Al Barwani Group established the Park Inn Hotel, which includes a range of chalets, suites and restaurants and is expected to open soon.
Al Madinah Real Estate Company is building a tourist project, which comprises a shopping centre, hotel apartments, residential complex and golf course at a cost of OMR70 million. The project will be implemented in four stages.
The city of Duqm Front is considered one of the most prominent housing projects in the zone. The first stage was recently inaugurated. The project is established by Duqm Development Company (DDC), a fully state-owned company. The first stage consists of 344 luxurious housing units, playgrounds, gyms and various facilities. The company is currently implementing the second stage, which will be completed in 2017 and includes residential units, commercial centre, sports facilities and entertainments at a cost of OMR60 million.
Renaissance Services Group is building and developing a housing project, which consists of residential housing units for 10,000 people at a cost of OMR38 million, which is scheduled for completion next year.
A study conducted by Sezad has estimated that the zone will need 5 to 8 hotels over the next 20 years. Another study conducted by Duqm Port Company (DPC) points out that the zone will attract cruise ships, particularly businessmen tourism, recreational and environmental tourism.
Sezad is working within the framework of its interest in the tourism sector to complete the construction and operation of the dock for cruise ships and marine ships as part of the government's dock at Duqm Port, which will be completed in 2016.
The Rock Garden is major geological sites that Sezad is developing and utilising to woo tourists as the garden is considered as an archaeological site that contains various rare rocks.