Muscat: To maintain the efficiency of the traffic flow, especially during heavy rains, the Muscat Municipality will construct a dual carriageway with two lanes in each direction, starting from the Muscat Expressway to the Omani Botanic Garden in Al Khoudh with all essential safety measures.
At the moment, there is a single road starting from the Muscat Expressway to the old Al Khoudh area, which is subject to landslides and flowing wadis.
The new road will be built with high engineering and safety standards to protect it from extreme weather conditions, apart from ensuring easy access to the upcoming Oman Botanic Garden, which will be a major tourist destination and one of its kind in the region.
The road will cover a distance of 14) kilometers with a width of 3,651 meters for each track.
There will be a walkway adjacent to the new road, 800 meters long and 1.5 meters wide, on both sides of the road.
It will include a project to drain to clear the rainwater.
Oman Botanic Garden
The Oman Botanic Garden project is expected to be ready in 2023 and its major attractions will include cable cars, according to Salem Al Mahrouqi, Minister of Heritage and Tourism, in a statement.
Earlier speaking to the Observer, Eng. Ibrahim Said al Kharousi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism for Heritage, said, "Oman Botanic Garden project is nearly 75 percent complete and we hope to complete it by the end of this year.
The project will showcase the all-natural habitat of the Sultanate at one place in the heart of the city."
Situated in Al Khoud, the garden that will be one of the largest botanic gardens in the world will consist of a nursery, visitor center, research center, field study center, outdoor habitat gardens, northern mountain biome, southern mountain biome, and nature reserve area.
The project that includes the construction of giant glass domes will be multiple entries and exit points for easy accessibility and is situated close to the Muscat Expressway.
Developed on 423 hectares, the Botanic Garden will present an opportunity for visitors to experience the flora and vegetation of Oman while learning about the agricultural heritage, rich cultural traditions, and legendary hospitality of the country.
It is a world-class development of the Diwan of the Royal Court in Oman and will showcase the traditionally cultivated crops and the many ways that people use plants in Oman.
The garden will offer a variety of amenity areas, play, and family zones for fun and relaxation in a garden setting that is unique to Oman.