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EDITOR IN CHIEF- ABDULLAH BIN SALIM AL SHUEILI

On Royal Orders, Muscat Municipality to build Muttrah Square

As per the Royal Orders of His Majesty Sultan, Haitham bin Tarik to assign Muscat Municipality to implement the Muttrah Square project, Sayyid Saud bin Hilal al Busaidi, Governor of Muscat, signed an agreement for the completion of the project.


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This signing comes as a confirmation of the award’s vision towards implementing the project on the ground and exploiting the capabilities of Omani youth by translating their designs into modern landmarks that serve all segments of society and add an aesthetic touch to the selected sites with their exuberant designs.


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The square, designed by Ahmed Mohammed al Ghadhami, Omaima Mahmoud al Hinai, and Abdullah Saleh al Bahri, will be located in front of the Muttrah Fish Market overlooking the waterfront.


The design won the first Bilarab Bin Haitham Award for Architectural Design, which was held at the Royal Opera House Muscat in March.


Ahmed Mohammed al Ghadhami, Omaima Mahmoud al Hinai, and Abdullah Saleh al Bahri
Ahmed Mohammed al Ghadhami, Omaima Mahmoud al Hinai, and Abdullah Saleh al Bahri


The Muttrah Square project is expected to raise the value of Muttrah with a unique landmark, where an iconic bridge in the middle of the square is designed in the form of a bird over the sea.


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The bridge captures the famous landmarks of Muttrah in one frame and will be surrounded by a mixed-use plaza that includes a dancing fountain, retail stores, and cafes, with lights that blend with the waves of the sea.


The aim of the competition was to invite designers and architects to propose a unique landmark for the area, taking into the 50 years of the Sultanate of Oman’s Renaissance and the goals of Oman Vision 2040.


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Three top winners were honored with the shields. which will be presented in digital copies using NFT technology for the first time in the Arab region.


The organizers received a total of 356 projects that met the competition’s requirements in the opening stage and the theme revolved around the development of the Al Mina Waterfront area in the Wilayat of Muttrah.


Of these, 10 projects were designed by 19 young Omanis (including 5 individual participations and 5 group projects) and were shortlisted for the final stage of the award.


The award targeted young Omanis who specialized in the fields of architecture, design and urban planning can participate in the announced competition and are no more than 35 years of age.


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