Muscat - Oman
Irfan master plan comprises a large-scale master development of 1.7 million sqm in Muscat, Oman. The central components of the development, a mall and convention center, were set by the Ministry of Tourism (the public custodian of the project). It was left up to the contending development consortia to formulate the rest of the program as befits their proposition.
AlMutawir entered into a consortium with a Omani investment company and leading a regional retail company and assumed the responsibility of lead developer for this consortium.
The development approach focused on understanding the characteristics of the site’s ecology, topography, and urban significance, building on their unique attributes. This resulted in a master plan proposal that organized the site into three quasi-autonomous zones: Downtown Irfan with an area of 500,000 sqm, Irfan Heights with an area of 850,000 sqm, and Wadi Irfan with an area of 350,000 sqm.
Downtown Irfan comprised mall with a net leasable area of 125,000 sqm, large box retail, outdoor F&B strip, office park, convention center, exhibition center, as well as two 4-star hotels.
Irfan Heights comprised a long stay facility, 4-star hotel, and three residential communities. The first contains 250 plots, the second 350 plots, and the third 300 plots all served by a centrally located residential community club and complemented with a long stay facility and a 4-star hotel.
Finally, Wadi Irfan included the ecologically challenging zones of the site, featuring run-off rainwater wadi which is capitalized upon as the main feature of the eco-wadi. It is complemented by wooden boardwalks, natural ecology gardens, and an environmental edutainment center.
Project Duration: 2006 - 2007