Oman has hired Dubai luxury property developer Damac International to turn its historic port into a major tourism and lifestyle haven. Master planning and other work has been awarded to multidisciplinary design firm, SSH.The plan is to breathe new life into 200-year-old Port Sultan Qaboos. Damac was picked by the Oman Tourism Development Company SAOC (Omran) to develop Port Sultan Qaboos into a world-class, mixed-use waterfront destination and to make the port a new tourism hub for Oman. The Mina Sultan Qaboos Waterfront Regeneration Project will include two main zones, namely tourist port regeneration areas, as well as other project sites, such as Shotayfi Village, Al Rabia hilltop parcels and Hay Al Mina. SSH was subsequently awarded the scope of detailing the master plan and completing the infrastructure of the new waterfront destination. SSH is also carrying out design consultancy services for the buildings and components of Zone 1 – Bab Al Mina. This zone covers a built-up area of approximately 150,000 sq m and includes a four-star hotel, residential blocks comprising 430 units and several retail and entertainment offerings. (…)