Mahmoud Alajwani Group Chairman of Aljarwani & Tamani group announced the establishment of the first Aquarium project in Oman, which comes under the name of "Oman Aquarium to be the first project found in the Sultanate of Oman specialized in: entertainment, tourism, education and heritage. The project will cost about 30 million $, and it will be opening at the end of 2016.
In a press statement Aljarwani said: "The Aquarium" which is implemented by Aljarwani group in collaboration with an Australian consulting company considered as the first project of its kind in the Oman. It is held on an area of 7,500 square meters and consists of two floors. He pointed out that this project is part of a district entertainment project which is the "Muscat Palm Mall", it is implemented by Aljarwani group at Seeb that is located in Muscat Governorate, the most populous region in the capital. It is characterized by its effortless access. It is located on the two main roads to the west of Almobila in the residential area, and it is 14 km away from Muscat International Airport.
Three years of hard work:
Aljarwani said: "The Aquarium project" is an achievement of three years from hard work with a number of consultants invoked across the world for a total cost of 30 million $, pointing out that we had a critical studied and research on the project in terms of economic feasibility, costs, sustainability and environmental issues. This project has been held by international advisors in terms of scientific, cultural, recreational and touristic development, thus it is a multi-product. Aljarwani added: We have signed an agreement with one of the leading project of water parks called (ATT) Australian international companies, which is the company that built the Aquarium in Singapore, and currently holding the largest projects that are built in China.
Aljarwani explained that the project will take about 16 months, the accomplishment of this project is expected to be by the end of 2016 if things goes as it is planned for, confirming that the project has been chosen on the basis of Silk Road. It is an untraditional project which differs from other projects by its unique theme. This is an inspiration of a story of an Omani navigator Ahmed bin Majid trip that started from the far north of the Sultanate till Raas Alrajaa Alsaleh.
The project emphasizes the theme of the land and marine life which begins from the north of the Sultanate of Oman Sea to reach the utmost south to the Indian Ocean, in order to represent various areas of Omani lives and arts by simulating the nature of creatures lives, terrain objects and other models of wildlife such as reptiles, gardens for crocodiles and penguins. In addition to the presence of a tutorial?s center and a number of restaurants, part of this project has an overlook on the center of the "mall", and the other part has an overlook on the lobby.
Aljarwani revealed that the Aquarium project is considered as a valued educational school for the Omani children which leads them to acknowledge the land and marines life. This includes also a laboratory that accommodate between 70 to 80 students, to provide an explanation of wildlife components of the Sultanate and its environmental lives that abound in many marine and terrestrial organisms and get the kids attention to have an idea about the obtainable animals in the Omani environment.
He added that the project will includes all kinds of fish, turtles and other creatures from wild marine life in terms of the presence of crocodiles and Penguins. There kids can feed the fish in the Aquarium.
2.1 million liters of water:
Aljarwani said that the project will provide about 2.1 million cubic liters of water with a canal of 32 meters long. Until now the project is unique in its presence in the whole region. In addition to the existence of other types of tanks for marine wildlife to form a natural reserve to develops the project that include all types of Omani environment.
Mahmoud Allarwani said: the project came after a continuous studies with consultants and experts who are specialized in a such kind of projects and they appears on the finest level, so we could reach our goal to show an integrated environment as it is outside not only bring a simply watching of fish kinds, but we wanted to go over that.
He added:the Aquarium of Oman will also allow the process of diving in it to follow marine's organisms founds in the basin, thus it will be useful for tourists in general. He pointed out that the tourism is an important industry. We enhance the project by adding a qualitative leap through four products that will run into the project when it is completed. Next to the Mall we are going to set up the city of snow and the city of entertainment in addition to the hotels which generally takes place within the project.
Aljarwani revealed that according to the studies of the project by News of Global House there is about 5 percent of people who enters the shopping centers for entertaining are an interest in such projects. The Palm Mall can accommodate about 3 million visitors a year, of whom about 1.5 million visitors to the Aquarium annually.
Mahmoud Aljarwani added: although of the multiple Omani touristic sections, Oman still lacks recreational projects which people need it. People cross long distances to see and identify such a projects, thus we found it for them in Aljarwani group, where we added the importance of establishing such a vital project, and we hope it will see the light as we planned.
Aljarwani said that the Muscat Palm Mall project will give a big leap for shopping and entertainment in the Sultanate of Oman which is a complete city that will capture a lot of people who are looking for this kinds of tourism projects. We are planning to provide all the needs to Omani families and tourists who will come to our country. He added that this project is a part of an integrated system to strengthen the tourism sector in Oman hoping that this project will found its way in the economic sector, in terms of what Oman owns from integrated potential in tourism between the land and marine live where the valleys and mountains take a place in it, in addition to the moderate climate throughout the year between Muscat, Salalah, Jebel Shams, Jabal Alkhdar and Al Ashkhara.