Final touches are being given to the site before it is handed over to tenants of the retail centre and other services like the filling station and car care centre.
The Traveller’s Oasis, located near the Bimmah sinkhole, will serve as a model for the entire network of rest houses which Omran had announced a couple of years ago. “Construction completion on the Quriyat-Sur rest area is scheduled for August-end, and the soft opening is planned for Q4 of this year,” an Omran official told Muscat Daily.
“Work at the rest area site is pretty much complete. However, there are few things remaining with regards to shifting utilities at retail outlets, the gas station etc,” he added.
Apart from Quriyat-Sur highway, Omran has identified two sites along the Adam-Thumrait highway and is in talks with PDO on other locations that could benefit from the project, with regards to the company's increasing volumes of logistical requirements.
The construction contract was awarded in July 2014 and work for Phase 1 began in September. Phase 1 consists of the retail building, prayer rooms, public area and additional shops for the filling station and an ROP station.
The facilities and services that will be offered on the site include a fuel station, an outdoor play area for children and outdoor kiosks. In addition, there will be a car care centre besides ample parking for cars and trucks.
The retail building will consist of a food court, a grocery shop, ATMs, a tourism info desk, children's entertainment and prayer areas for men and women with a dedicated ablution area. Additional facilities like a three-star motel, all-day dining, landscaped walking areas, ambulance and fire services form the second phase of the project, which is subject to completion of an ongoing study.