Sunday, 19 June 2011

Goodbye Qantab Beach?

It would appear that there are chalk lines down and surveying pins laid at the popular - and very publically used - Qantab Beach.

I had originally thought that they were just going to be paving some road to get better access, however, further enquiries have uncovered plans for two new hotels and a "housing complex". 

Two new hotels? For what? To throw further money away into Oman's already extremely low hotel occupancy rate?
What is the occupancy rate at the three hotel mega-complex that is the Shangri-la, clearly seen from Qantab Beach?

What impact are these new hotels going to have on the local population? 
Another public beach commandeered by the Ministry of Whatever. 
What is this housing complex that has been tagged on? Is it another Barr Al Jissah, millionaire's row type of thing? 
Is it a back-hander? 
More of the corruption that the local population have been protesting against and have been given promises of it being curbed?

This is by far the best local beach in the Muscat area. Now being taken away from the general public. Not on!

Where are the residents of Qantab and the, literally, hundreds of visitors from Muscat going to go of an evening now? 

Shatti Al Qurum? - already full.
Yiti Beach? - nope......that's gone.
Al Sheikh? - we're building stuff there sorry.

Anyone fancy a 90 minute drive to Bimmah or Fins, because that seems to be the only option at this point!

Omanis - your beautiful local resources are being taken away from you to line the pockets of others. 
While I understand the need to develop tourism in the country, I get the feeling that blocking off Qantab and destroying its natural beauty is a step too far.

Any Facebook and Twitter whizzes out there who are ready to set up a web page about this? Would be interesting to see how the public reacts to this as it all seems to have been hushed up - or maybe I am just out of the loop! 

This should not be happening!


Anonymous said...

It's phase 1 of a Hotel/Residential resort being developed by Saraya Holdings, with a first hotel planned to be a St Regis. It's been knocking around since 2008, check out this link

kapil said...

Terrible, absolutely terrible.

Sick of this "we're doing it for you lovely citizens :)!! Let's build on all our beaches take away all the beauty and give it to people who are super duper rich, and can afford to buy natures beauty from us, and build more, so YOU have a better future. We love you all, we really do citizens. We're doing it all for you" attitude.

Meh, too ruffled to say anything more.

Leave Quantab beach alone.

Sythe said...

Its the high price of development. Tourism is a targeted market for the Sultanate, and so development in areas such as this is bound to happen.

One just hopes that the developments are kept under control and that access to public beaches is secured.

Qantab beach is a fantastic spot, I hope it remains accessible.

Anonymous said...

Al Bustan currently has 6% occupancy, although it is now low season.

ynotoman said...

It is a high price. I went yesterday and the lines were down. The boat boys will loose income, residents will loose quality of life and if the WJ Towell effort at Badar Khiran is any indication (its abandoned after cutting away the mountain side in case anyone is interested) it will have a rocky road. The plan for Bandar Jissah (Qantab as its called) is to bulldoze the wadi bed to create an inlet from the sea (they ground tested over a year ago). Will it be a public beach - ha ha ha - isnt that the point - luxury housing + private beach sells better (if it will) .
Room occupancy rates have been dropping overall since 2008 - and I was told Al Bustan is 5%. But hey ho - lets move onto the Yacht Club and Blue City

ynotoman said...

Oh -
BTW I hadnt read all your post -

Bimmah will be redeveloped (I think to include a hotel) and Fins beach is (I believe) already given to somebody as it was fenced off a few years ago - even down to Hasik beaches are taken .
Given that the Ministry of Tourism has a commercial agreement with "' an Expedia Company to sell hotel rooms on the Ministry's own web site ( - of course in direct competition with the tour companies that part of their job is to support though given Al Bustans occupancy rate the Ministry's efforts cant be all that effective in lots of respects) they have every incentive to have built (at non Ministry of Tourism cost) hotels in extraordinary places - like the new 5 star up in Jebel Akhdar (as well as the other 2 being finished) or the one on the Hallanayat Islands which as I speak are being pounded by the monsoon waves that break up the cornich at Salalah each year .

Hubris is a great word

Anonymous said...

Bandar Al Saraya:
Will be a multiple hotel/resential resort which will start construction from the Barr A Jissah road junction, spread rapidly thru the wadi and thru the archaological ground (bye bye) and end at the Qantab beach.
All gone in the name of tourism... They cant fill the hotels they have already.

Jamilla Camel said...

Thisis our fave beach! If this continues, we'll have to stay home in Seeb.

Anonymous said...

Change and progress is bound to happen sooner or later but Oman's beauty is slowly being peeled away. Look at all the other Gulf States, they do not have natural,unspoilt beaches like us where at a whim we can just rock up to.We have to go further a field everytime and that's if you own a vehicle.
All in the name of tourisim and development, well, if Oman Air do go on strike that will be a nail in the coffin for that one.


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Anonymous said...

JD, RAF hitting acroos the line??

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macbookprodad said...

What? Why? I have never been there yet, and now they are putting up hotel and housing... gotta plan to get there this weekend

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Anonymous said...

Oman will never be a great tourist destination. It's a one time and had enough place. There is nothing great to see, you get tired of sand, dust and heat in about 2days. Tourists want to walk about through lovely lanes, have a glass of wine watching the life go by, have a choice of nice restaurants, aquaparks, facilities to entertain them, lie on the beach without arab teenagers taking pictures of them or 4wd's chasing their kids whilst playing etc. so i absolutely don't see any reason to build more hotels