Announced at a gala dinner in Cannes, France, last week, the development was recognised by the judges for its creative design which fuses Omani building traditions with contemporary design, as well as its holistic infrastructure strategy, stated a press release.
The awards, now in their 16th year, took place during MIPIM, the world’s leading real estate exhibition. With more than 200 entries from 30 countries, the awards recognise the contribution made towards the regeneration of the areas or cities in which the projects are built.
Pioneering an institutional framework for planning, development, and regulatory control, Madinat al Irfan delivers the highest standards of urban development for Oman and the region. The project was designed to establish a new urban centre within the heart of Muscat – home to a living, working and visiting population of some 280,000.
Eng Abdul Wahid al Farsi, director of External Affairs, Omran, said, “Madinat al Irfan is a product of an exciting ambition to establish a new urban centre in the capital Muscat, and we are delighted that this important accolade recognises our proven track record of delivering projects to a world-class standard.”
British architectural firm, Allies and Morrison was appointed as the project’s master planner in 2014, along with Arup as engineering consultants.