The Omani Government plans to make the centuries-famous Jabal Akhdar, or Green Mountain in Omani, a focus of Omani tourism as it allowed several hotel operators to open resorts in the legendary oasis.
One hotel, the 86-room Alila Jabal Akhdar Luxury Hotel, operated by the Alila Group famous in India and in the Asia-Pacific, had opened on May 2014. The design of the property imitated those of traditional Omani houses by using local materials, according to the Alila Jabal Akhdar General Manager Jork Bosselaar.
The hotel operator, along with other luxury hotel operators soon to be in the area, will incorporate elements of local materials and produce. The hotels will get produce from local farmers to have them involved in the greater economy. Bosselaar said the hotel wants to focus on the hospitality by involving local people from the mountain, which will add to the culture and introduce tourists to traditional Omani customs.
Tourists in the region have grown by 12% according to Oman’s Tourism Ministry and they expect the growth to rise by the following year. They estimate the new industry will provide jobs for the 10,000 people in Jabal Akhdar.
Another Hotel, The Sahab, had earned great revenues as room occupancy and demand had increased by 20%. Many other projects are being built by luxury hotel operators, including one hotel with $50 million invested in its construction and implementation.
A blast speculated to be caused by cooking gas leakage and compressed air on Saturday had put many Muscat Oasis residents worried that another blast might happen at any time. The blast at the portion of the building left eight injured. Workers of the project stated that they were working in the first floor of the building at 9 AM when a sudden blast happened.
The management suspended the gas supply immediately after the blast. Residents were told to dine outside the residences.
Investigators state that the cause of the blast might be because of the compressed air conditioning ducts in the apartments. Due to extreme air pressure, the freon gas inside the the conditioning ducts might have burst the pipes. However, this theory is still subject for examination.
Another theory is that the blast might be triggered by the heating of some chemical or metal that created the pressure. This can cause the explosion and collapse the structure of the building. A huge part of the building collapsed due to the explosion because of its unified “common” walls.
The Muscat Oasis Residences stated that the staff is working with Royal Oman Police in investigating how the entire disaster might have happened. The staff states that they always pass regular checks and have their licenses for all their services and equipment approved yearly. They are also annually inspected by fire safety departments.
The staff and its company are making a survey of their own to investigate how much expenses and losses they must compensate for the said accident.
Source: Times of Oman
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