Work on the first phase of the $1bn International Medical City (IMC) project in Salalah, Oman is anticipated to start in the upcoming months.
Saudi-based Apex Medical Group, which is overseeing the project, said significant headway has been made in preparing the groundwork, paving the way to start the first phase of the development.
Apex Medical chief operating officer Naeema Aziz said almost all of the major milestones leading to the start of work on the project have so far been achieved.
Aziz noted that the milestones include permits, licenses and studies necessary to advance the project through to the groundbreaking stage.
International Medical City will be constructed on an 866,000m² site leased from the Ministry of Tourism.
The project will feature three components, which include a healthcare resort with staff accommodations, healthcare complex and healthcare education complex.
Planned to be built in two phases, the project will also feature a 530-bed multi-tertiary hospital catering to 21 different specialties.
Aziz said the engineering design of the project infrastructure has been completed, with a Request for Proposals (RfP) due to be floated for the construction of the main hospital.
"We are in the process of prequalifying the designers and contractors for the healthcare component of the project," Aziz said.
The detailed engineering design of the hospitality component centering on the healthcare resort is currently ongoing.
"We are in the process of appointing a detailed hospitality designer, an EPC (engineering-procurement-construction) contractor and a technical supervisor," Aziz added, adding that negotiations are ongoing with two potential candidates for the operation of the healthcare resort.
The main multi-tertiary hospital is scheduled for pre-commissioning in 2016 ahead of its planned launch in the second half of 2017.
Image: The development will be constructed on an 866,000m² site leased from the Ministry of Tourism. Photo: courtesy of Oman Ministry of Information.