Muscat Bay has started the construction of the new Village Square at the commercial area of the prestigious integrated tourism complex. Extending over an area of 1,640 square metres and expected to be completed by the middle of 2020, the Village Square comprises a range of facilities such as restaurants, cafes, a supermarket, a gym and a number of retail shops.
Sheikh Hamood bin Sultan Al Hosni, CEO of Muscat Bay, laid the foundation stone on Monday, to mark the start of the construction work which is handled by Oman Shapoorji.
The new Village Square will comprise of two levels, together with a car parking area, with a capacity for 81 cars, many of which are dedicated to people with special needs.
Addressing the media at a press conference, Sheikh Hamood Al Hosni stated, “The Village Square has been designed to preserve the authentic identity of Muscat Bay is therefore limited to just over 1,600 sqm. This is to ensure that the remaining space is left for landscaping and for car parking, in order to create a comfortable atmosphere for visitors. One of the special features is the open space that extends to more than 75% of the total land area. Moreover, the design of the commercial area is inspired by Omani architecture, with a contemporary European touch, to create a sophisticated and practical look. Moreover, the area comprises of two levels to enhance the open view of the shops on the upper floor, which looks out toward the charming scenery of Muscat Bay and the Parkland. This will further enhance visitors’ experience and provide them with the opportunity to enjoy one of the most magnificent views of nature in Muscat.”
“The commencement of construction work in the commercial area marks an incredible milestone in our efforts to continue providing various high-quality facilities at Muscat Bay and to make it a perfect oasis for residents and visitors. After its completion, which should be around next year, and together with the opening of the first five-star Jumeirah hotel, our flagship project will be an iconic addition to Muscat. This is especially true in the field of unique real-estate development projects and tourism integrated complexes that are set up to provide the community with wide choices of living, investment, tourism and entertainment both across the region and on a global scale,” he added.
The Village Square is situated opposite the lush Parkland, which extends over an area of 18,000 square meters and includes many public facilities such as swimming pools for adults and children, entertainment areas for children and multi-use playgrounds. The Parkland, which was inaugurated earlier this year, together with the new Village Square will together form the heart of the project and be the place where families and visitors meet for leisure activities or to organise various social, cultural and sports events. Furthermore, they can also enjoy daily shopping and have easy access to restaurants and cafes that will open in the Village Square, thus making Muscat Bay an integrated community that serves the residents and visitors alike.