The scope of works covers the construction of a 200-room, five-star hotel with leisure spa and apartments.
External facilities will include a souq and retail area; swimming pools covering an area of 2,600 square metres; an amphitheatre; external dining facilities; a social club and tennis courts; centralised chillers and laundry units; car parking for 300 vehicles; and extensive landscaped gardens.
The UK/local Tarmac Alawiis carrying out the enabling package on the 500,000-square-metre site. This includes constructing a road over the mountains from the nearby diving school, to allow contractors land access to bring in heavy plant and building materials. Two more hotels are planned for the resort, which will be operated by Hong Kong-based Shangri La Hotels & Resorts. Turner Internationalof the US is the project manager (MEED 23:8:02).