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Oman’s Jabal Al Akhdar to Be Transformed Into Mountain Destination

Set at an altitude of 2,400 metres, the three villages will provide a holistic tourism experience.

Karim Abdullatif

Oman’s Jabal Al Akhdar to Be Transformed Into Mountain Destination

Oman's Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning is set to transform the picturesque Jabal al Akhdar mountain range into a vibrant haven known as the Omani Mountain Destination. Comprising three distinct villages, this ambitious mixed-use district is envisioned to accommodate 8,000 residents, offering a harmonious blend of residential, commercial, and recreational spaces.

Elevated at 2,400 metres above sea level, this visionary development is the brainchild of engineering powerhouse AtkinsRealis. Their master plan envisions a seamless integration of nature and infrastructure, where winding pathways, sturdy bridges, and scenic roads intertwine to connect the villages. Among the innovative transport solutions proposed is a cable car network, providing both convenience and awe-inspiring views of the rugged landscape.

At the heart of the proposal lie 2,527 homes and 2,000 hotel rooms, catering to diverse lifestyle preferences. Additionally, the district will feature a health and wellness village, an advanced high-altitude training facility, as well as cultural landmarks such as an amphitheatre, a museum, and a biodiversity centre.

The conceptual renders depict an enchanting tapestry of outdoor spaces, characterised by serene walkways, verdant squares, and tranquil water features. In the denser sections, clusters of housing and public edifices blend with the natural topography, showcasing a meticulous attention to detail and sustainability principles.

Located a mere 150 kilometres from the capital city of Muscat, the Omani Mountain Destination is poised to become a pivotal contributor to Oman's burgeoning project pipeline, valued at over USD 33 billion. "Today, we introduce our vision for the Omani Mountain Destination to the global community,” Dr. Khalfan Al Shueili, Minister of Housing and Urban Planning, tells SceneHome. “We look forward to welcoming international partners to work with us on this project. Together, we can create a destination that delivers prosperity for the local communities of the Jabal and the people of Oman for generations to come."

Crucially, Omani Mountain Destination has engaged in extensive consultations with local communities to ensure that it respects and enhances the region's unique landscape, ecology, and cultural heritage. This holistic approach underscores the commitment to responsible development that resonates with Oman's Vision 2040, an ambitious blueprint aimed at fostering a prosperous, diversified, and eco-conscious national economy.

Photography Credit: ING Media


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