USD53m contract for new 5-star hotel in Jabal Akhdhar
Dubai-based construction firm Al Jaber Engineering and Contracting (ALEC) says it has been awarded a contract to build a new luxury property in Jabal Al Akhdhar at a cost of around $53 million. The Jabal Akhdar Anantara Hotel Resort & Spa will be the second 5-star hotel to be developed in this up-and-coming resort destination whose breathtaking landscapes, enchanting terraced gardens, and balmy Mediterranean-style climate underpin the mountain region’s huge tourist appeal.
Owned by a major Omani government pension fund, the 115 keys resort will also feature a spa, Teen Fitness club, Kids Club, garden villas, cliff edge villas, a presidential villa, utilities rooms, and other amenities. Oman-based Services & Trade Co LLC (S&T) is ALEC’s joint venture partner in the execution of the Jabal Akhdar hotel project. Engineering Innovation Design & Consulting (EIDC) are the design consultants while Driver Consult Oman LLC are the quantity surveyors.
For ALEC, the contract represents an important foray into Oman’s lucrative construction sector. A subsidiary of the well-known Al Jaber Group, ALEC has been associated with construction projects that have become major landmarks in the UAE and the wider Gulf region. They include prestigious developments such as the Dubai International Airport Concourse D, New Doha International Airport, Yas Waterworld (Abu Dhabi), Abu International Airport Arrives Hall and Tunnel, Park Hyatt (Saadiyat Island), Dubai Marina Mall and Hotel, Kempinski Hotel (Mall of the Emirates), Medinat Jumeirah Resort (Phase 3) and Shangrila Qaryat Beri (Abu Dhabi).
Significantly, the new resort will be the second luxury property in the Sultanate to sport the brand of the luxury Thai hotel operator, Anantara. Epitomising laid-back luxury, intuitive service and a sense of discovery, Anantara made its debut in the Sultanate when it signed a contract last October for the operation of the Al Baleed Anantara Resort & Spa in Dhofar Governorate.
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