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New public housing developments for Omani locals

Article-New public housing developments for Omani locals

The new housing developments are aimed at partly relieving a long waitlist of Omani locals waiting for government-allocated residential units.

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning of Oman has revealed plans for five new housing developments, the Oman Daily Observer reported.

The public housing developments in Oman are being developed under the ‘Al Souroh Initiative’, across 1.9 million square metres. Two of the developments will be located at Al Amerat city in Muscat, and the rest at Al Seeb (Muscat Governorate), Bidbid (Al Dakhiliyah Governorate) and Nakhl (South Al Batinah Governorate).

The total wait list of Omani applicants still waiting to be allocated residential units in these three governorates stands at around 212,000. The new housing developments in Oman are expected to address this by a measure.

The developments will be built through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model, the report said. The ministry has plans for a total of 4,800 housing units across the five developments, serving approximately 24,000 people.

It is currently welcoming “Expression of Interest” requests from both local and international real estate development companies for the new housing developments in Oman.


The new housing developments are being built under a national housing scheme

Al Souroh is a national initiative aimed at developing “integrated residential neighbourhood projects in support of the existing housing policies in the Sultanate, to provide suitable alternatives of suitable housing for citizens eligible for granting residential lands, in partnership between the public and private sectors,” the report cited.

The Hay Al Naseem project, the first of the integrated housing developments in Oman being developed under Al Souroh, will serve as a broad model for the new developments.

Hay Al Naseem is spread across 350,000 square metres. It functions as a mixed use development, with apartments, villas and townhouses, commercial facilities, public spaces and recreational services.

Similarly, Al Amerat 1 will cover about 300,000 square metres, and will be able to serve about 3,750 people. It will feature a mix of 750 residential apartments and villas, as well as support infrastructure.

Al Amerat 2, on the other hand, will span 445,000 square metres, with 1,100 residential units catering to about 5,500 inhabitants.

The Bidbid development will be built across 287,000 square metres, with 750 residential units for around the same population as Al Amerat 1.

The housing development at Al Seeb will be spread across 231,000 square metres, with 600 residential units for about 3,000 people.

And finally, the Nakhl location, which will feature the largest of the housing developments, will cover 637,000 square metres, with 1,600 residential units serving about 8,000 people.


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