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|17 October, 2018

Oman's first model housing complex to be launched next week

The ground-breaking ceremony will take place at a site off the Expressway in Barka on October 22

Image used for illustrative purpose. View of Old Muscat with the national palace/castle in view. Image for illustrative purposes.

Image used for illustrative purpose. View of Old Muscat with the national palace/castle in view. Image for illustrative purposes.

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MUSCAT  – The ground-breaking ceremony for Omans first model residential complex will take place at a site off the Expressway in Barka on October 22.

Minister of Housing Shaikh Saif bin Mohammed al Shabibi will preside over the function, which will be addressed by Talal al Rahbi, Chairman of the steering committee of the Supreme Council for Planning.

An estimated 1,000 houses are proposed to be offered to Omani citizens on a 350,000 sq metre site at affordable prices.

According to an official at the Ministry of Housing, Omanis opting for housing units offered as part of the project will have to waive their entitlements to other government land.

Over half a million citizens both young men and women are in the waitlist for allocation of government land for residential purposes. Once they get houses in the new project, they will have to ignore their other applications, the official said.

The new integrated project is the first of its kind in the series of housing programmes to be offered to Omans young population through a draw of lots.

The housing units will have all facilities, including amenities and attractions of a mini-city, said the official.

The model residential complex initiated by the government is being implemented by the Supreme Council for Planning in collaboration with the Ministry of Housing and other stakeholders.

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SAMUEL KUTTY

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