Muscat – H H Sayyid Theyazin bin Haitham al Said, Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, signed an agreement worth RO147.8mn for the construction of the main building of Oman Cultural Complex (OCC) on Sunday.
The agreement was signed with Oman-based construction company Saif Salim Essa al Harasi (SAH) and Turkey-based contractor Sembol Construction (SML).
The project, which will be completed within a maximum of three years, will be spread over 400,000sqm. It will accommodate the National Theatre, the National Library and the National Records and Archives Authority.
The complex will constitute a modern landmark and an edifice featuring the country’s civilisation, culture, scholarly accomplishments and institutional entity.
It will contribute to the advancement of cultural, literary, theatrical and research activities and support the organisation of cultural programmes and events.
The SAH-SML joint venture was awarded the contract for development of the complex in September by the Tender Board.
As per the tender documents, the National Theatre will have a 1,000-seat capacity main auditorium and an additional hall to seat 250 people. The National Library will be a 20,000sqm five-storey building, while the National Archives, partially open to the public, will include nearly 20km of shelf space.