Muscat – Muscat Governorate has become Oman's first smart city, with a total area of 14 million square meters, consisting of 20,2 housing units, 9.<> million square meters of green areas, in addition to various integrated services.
The project, which was recently inaugurated by the Sultan of Oman, Haitham bin Tariq, is a model for future cities in the Sultanate, as the city constitutes an attractive and enhanced destination for investment, and a qualitative leap in urban design and urban planning, in line with the vision of "Oman 2040".
Sultan Haitham Smart City with a capacity of 100,<> people (Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning in Oman)
Flexibility in planning
The project, named Madinat Sultan Haitham, will have an impact on "achieving the requirements of economic and social growth and preserving the cultural heritage for future generations," according to architect Hamad bin Nasser Al Hinai, considering that the smart city with a capacity of 100,<> people "represents a unique model for the future of Omani cities, as it contains attractive elements for living, residence and use, which is an important step in achieving the country's urban strategy."
The city is characterized by several features, perhaps the most prominent of which is a network of roads that allows multiple options for access from one place to another through the availability of path options, whether for vehicles or pedestrians, as well as diversity in uses and in urban blocks, and this is an essential feature in cities loved by its users, according to Al-Hinai's talk to Al Jazeera Net.
Eng. Al Hinai pointed out that the new Madinat Sultan Haitham also enjoys flexibility and good planning, as many spaces and buildings can be used for different purposes, providing its users with several options of use.
Personality and richness of the place
The city is also characterized by the richness of the place in terms of appearance, as its design is the most detailed and rich in the smallest details through the selection of diverse and appropriate materials related to the local environment, in addition to the multiplicity of components that give belonging to the place and the Omani or Arab environment, as well as the diversity of the use of construction techniques, according to Al-Hinai.
He explains that Sultan Haitham City is characterized by the identity or personality of the place, as its design stages were directed to achieve the qualities that support the formation of a distinctive personality, as it is a smart city that carries technological solutions and innovations in the design, use and operation of infrastructure and infrastructure, to meet future aspirations in building cities.
5 attractions for economic value
Eng. Al-Hinai pointed out that there are 5 elements in Madinat Sultan Haitham, which is located in the Wilayat of Seeb in Muscat Governorate, which constitute in their entirety attractive elements for the economic value of the place, namely:
- 1- Paths: They are represented in streets, corridors, crossing lines, canals and bridges, most notably the Boulevard with a length of 3 km.
- 2- Edges (City Edges): It is the border between two or more sections in the city, as the valley that divides the city into two parts comes and is the most visible and one of its most important elements, and has won the attention of designers as an environmental element characterized by the nature and geography of Muscat, and a spacious garden has been designed on both sides of it.
- 3- Lanes or areas: It is one of the dominant elements, and it is the element that formed the architectural block of the city.
- 4- Joints: They are the meeting points of strategic sites in the city, or intensive foci in which humans are abundant, and represent the moments of transformation from one urban architectural block to another.
5- Landmarks: which represents the reference points of inference, which will be seen from several angles, the mosque, the university, the central park and the boulevard are examples that will be characterized by the city of Sultan Haitham with clear professionalism in design.
Madinat Sultan Haitham will have an impact on the real estate sector in terms of regulation and inclusiveness (Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning)
An integrative and inspiring city
The CEO of Bayan Investment House, Fahad bin Mohammed Al-Khalili, believes that Sultan Haitham City is an integrated and homogeneous city in terms of the services it provides, which has a significant impact on various sectors in the Sultanate of Oman.
Al Khalili pointed out that Madinat Sultan Haitham has a direct impact on the real estate sector in terms of organization and comprehensiveness, as it will be a key and inspiring pillar for real estate developers in future projects in the country, with its integrated organization of services.