Muscat: Sultan Haitham City will undoubtedly be the country's largest integrated urban development project, in line with Vision 2040.
The project is in line with the Oman National Spatial Strategy, ONSS, approved by His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik in 2021, which offers a broad framework to direct urban growth over the next 20 years.
ONSS is expected to ensure cities’ competitiveness and ability to withstand many variables, as well as its alignment with the United Nations' goals for Sustainable Development 2030.
Oman Investment Company will attract investments to the city and provide sustainable service through its companies.
Through its Urban Strategy, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development aims to achieve more balanced development, which shall lead to job opportunities in various urban centres based on their developmental capabilities, thus reducing internal migration.
The strategy seeks to develop Muscat as a major regional capital city, supported by the growth of the knowledge & innovation economy, logistics, finance, tourism, and the service sector.
The policies of spatial development will focus on sustainability and response to climate change, livable, resilient cities and the use of all soil and groundwater/ surface water resources in the Sultanate to preserve groundwater resources.
On Tuesday, the cabinet also approved the establishment of a national centre for women's and children's health in SHC to provide health care as per the highest international standards, which will also be a scientific, research and treatment reference.
It also approved the establishment of a National Centre for Women and Children's Health to provide them with special care and attention.
The Ministry of Health will go ahead with the implementation of this project.
Spread over 14.8 million sqm, SHC will be home to 100,000 people in 20,000 residential units over 19 integrated neighbourhoods (townhouses, apartments.
The projects will include 25 mosques, 39 schools, 11 health facilities (including a referral hospital), a university, a central park, and a boulevard, among others.
SHC master plan has been meticulously designed to provide a wide range of housing options for Omani citizens, welcome everyone, and celebrate all cultures.