Habtoor Leighton Group's (HLG) Oman unit Leighton Middle East Contracting has begun construction work on a $78m resort hotel in Muscat, Oman.
HLG was appointed by Oman-based developer Saraya Bandar Jissah, the company developing Oman's newest integrated tourism complex, for construction of the five-star hotel resort.
Under the deal, HLG will carry out all civil works, MEP works and finishes, including infrastructure preparation and landscaping. Construction work will be managed by the supervision consultant, Atkins.
The resort hotel will feature 206 rooms, a beach front ballroom for weddings and events, spa and sports activities, including a dive centre and speciality restaurants that will offer various international cuisines. The complex will be operated by Jumeirah Group.
The hotel is part of the first construction phase of the $600m integrated tourism complex, Saraya Bandar Jissah, which includes a boutique hotel, recreational facilities and residential neighbourhoods, which will be completed in 2017.
The entire project is being supported by the Government of Oman.
HLG CEO and managing director José Antonio López-Monís said that HLG is pleased to be involved in a project that will contribute to Oman's economy and enhance the region's attraction as a popular tourist destination.
"This is our first contract with Saraya Bandar Jissah and we are proud to be selected as the main contractor to deliver what will be a flagship hotel in the region," López-Monís said.
Saraya Bandar Jissah CEO Sheikh Hamood Al Hosni said the company is pleased to be working with HLG, which has delivered quality projects throughout the region.
"We look forward to a successful work partnership to deliver this flagship property," Al Hosni said.