The project, which could also entail the demolition and reconstruction of existing ministry buildings located adjacent to the palace, will run alongside plans to relocate local residents to new residential areas to be built by Muscat Municipality.

The proposed thoroughfare will tie into the guest palace quarters already under construction at Qasr al-Alam. The local/UK Carrillion Alawi is the construction manager for the scheme, which is one of the biggest-ever structural steel jobs. The local Douglas OHI, Oman Sapoorji Construction Company and Al-Turki Enterprises are also working on the project, which has reached an advanced stage of construction. Work on the seafront facade has reached roof level and the main building frame is 80 per cent complete.

The palace covers a banqueting hall to seat 300-350 guests; accommodation for visiting dignitaries; conference and reception facilities; and an auditorium. External works involve the construction of a parade ground, bandstands and barracks accommodation for guards (MEED 2:8:02; 14:6:02).