Athens-based Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) is preparing to sign the largest construction contract ever awarded in Oman.

The deal which is expected to be between $2.3bn-2.6bn covers the construction of the Omagine development to the north of Muscat, in which CCC is an investor.

“The project is very important to us as we are investors,” says Samer Khoury, president, engineering and construction, at CCC. “We are investing 15 per cent of the equity, and it shows our commitment to Oman.”

To date, the largest construction contract awarded in Oman is the $1.8bn deal secured by US-based Bechtel, the local Bahwan Engineering and Turkey’s Enka for the construction of the new passenger terminal at Muscat International airport.

The Omagine mixed-use project will be built on 1 million square metres of beachfront land 10 kilometres north of Muscat.

The construction contract signing will follow the signing of a development agreement with the government last year. “It took a few years to negotiate the development agreement with the Ministry of Tourism that is representing the Government of Oman, and 2 October this year we signed a development agreement with the government,” says Sam Hamdan, President of Omagine.

Largest Oman construction deals
Ranking Project name Value ($m)
1 Muscat airport passenger terminal 1,834
2 Muscat airport runways 1,300
3 The Wave Muscat phase 1 1,000
4 Duqm port marine works 870
5 Duqm port ship repair yard and drydock complex 800
6 Redevelopment of Salalah International airport 764
7 Muscat airport cargo terminals and hangars 518
8 Mirbat beach development phase 1 400
9 Batinah coastal road phase 1 387
10 Batinah housing project 385
Source: MEED Projects

The largest element of the project is the residential zone that will have 2,164 freehold properties, which will be a combination of apartments, townhouses and villas. The concept masterplan also includes hotels, a five-star hotel with 250 rooms and 30 suites, and one or two four-star hotels, each with 250 rooms and 30 suites. Rounding out the hospitality component of the development are 600 chalets: 300 with two rooms; 300 with one room; together with 724 serviced apartments.

There will also be more than 46,000 square metres of office space and more than 46,000 sq m of retail, together with restaurants, cafes and a cinema.

The Omagine project is being developed by a special purpose vehicle (SPV) known as Omagine. It has three primary shareholders, the Office of Royal Court Affairs holds 25 per cent, CCC holds 15 per cent, and the remaining 60 per cent is owned by US-based Omagine Inc.