Water Park, five-star hotel to come up in Salalah’s Itin area

By Kaushalendra Singh — SALALAH: Jan 2: An ambitious project is to come up in Salalah in line with the government’s commitment to raise the facility and entertainment bar of the city. The project covers a vast area containing a water park and a five-star hotel with 148 rooms with adjoining facilities of meeting rooms, restaurants and commercial complexes, commercial stores and a supermarket. The facilities include five entertainment areas, events and conference hall and a range of international restaurants and cafeterias along with children’s park and pedestrian walkway equipped with parking areas and multi-purpose halls.
An agreement was signed by Sayyid Mohammed bin Sultan bin Hamoud al Busaidy, Minister of State and Governor of Dhofar, with the representatives of Wasal Investment Company on Monday to implement the project in stages.
Present on the occasion were Salim bin Aufit al Shanfari, Chairman of Dhofar Municipality; Abdul Qadir Ahmed al Haddad, Deputy Chairman of Dhofar Municipality and executing company’s CEO, Abdullah bin Badr al Busaidy.
As per the agreement, the water park would have six different types of water sports equipped with a restaurant and a cafeteria. It also would have an administration building, vast green areas and parking areas.
Work for this is already under way as first phase of the project. The project site is located very close to Itin Recreation area which the official venue of the annual Khareef celebration enclosure known as Salalah Tourism Festival.
The second phase includes water park management, operation and maintenance of the entire project for a period of 25 years.
As per the agreement the investment would take place very close to the garden area (50,000 square metres) under a maintenance agreement for 50 years.
According to Dhofar Municipality officials, the whole idea behind this project is to give Itin area a facelift with state-of-the-art facilities for the tourists coming during the winter and Khareef seasons.
“As a matter of fact we are preparing for a next level of development where infrastructural and facility developments would go side by side. It has become necessary in the wake of large flow of tourists in Salalah,” said an official.