Thursday, 12 June 2014

OMRAN in talks to revive Salam Yiti

Quick post:

I had to laugh out loud at this in the Muscat Daily this morning. 
It would appear that it's time to get the Qataris involved in the failed, sorry, "shelved" Salam Yiti Project. 

Let me state this man's opinion: No one - NO ONE - in Oman should be trusted with a $2bn dollar project unless His Majesty is sitting next to them, every step of the way!

"The original plans for the 4.19sq km Salam Yiti project, which was expected to be completed by 2013, included three five-star hotels, more than 1,000 apartments, 720 townhouses, around 400 villas, a golf course, leisure centre, a 150-berth marina and a 25,000sq m commercial area." 

Remind you of anything? 

Maybe they should rename the project "Blue Yiti".

6 comments:

Suburban said...

OH. MY. GOD. Welcome back, baby.

Omani Princess (not Omani...yet) said...

HM seems to watch certain projects---the opera house, the grand mosque, but we need someone, you know, like Sheikh Maktoum in Dubai (but Omani). That man has an eagle-eye on the his country's investments. Love him or hate him personally... you don't see a lot of stealing or mismanagement in Maktoum's projects. Omanis want Qaboos to do that for them... or someone Omani...

Sigh. Because we "cosumer watch" people have no power do ANYTHING, even if we are in the projects....

BTW, I agree with all your points on Andy's post. I feel that a lot of the lack of movement or stupid laws (doing the wrong thing for maybe the right reason...) are people who want ot see the amjority of Omani citizens held back... so they can take advantage and keep all the power....

Sigh. I dunno. It is sad. Struggling to change thing sgets tiring.... You lose the passion,a nd just get angry after a while.

Anonymous said...

At least Blue City only screwed up a tract of fairly featureless Batinah Coast - Yitti destroyed totally a beautiful bay, a fragile creek (which the MECA are supposed to be protecting) in order to provide "courting couples" a place to make out. Next cyclone I bet the whole thing ends up in the Ocean.

Good to see you back - and you are right, nothing changes!

Anonymous said...

Blue City was actually not 'just' a tract of featureless Batinah Coast - it was one of the few bits still untouched by sprawling development. It had lots of interesting things such as stone age shell middens, fossils from the ice age etc if you knew what to look out for and how to read the landscape. One winter I found 8 turtle carapaces, all nice and clean, which I used to decorate one wall in our house (sounds weird but it looked quite cool!). During the 1980s, we used to go up there at the weekends. There were no obvious tracks then. We used to wait until the offshore islands were visible to the right, then look for a slightly less abandoned track to dive down. It was then an exhilarating drive along the dusty deeply rutted tracks through the palm gardens, before suddenly you were through, out into the open of the flat sabkha. I know the beginning of the end of my love affair with Oman had come when they fenced off 'our' end of the salt flats. I went back one last time a few years ago, and I had this amazing view of the deserted half constructed buildings, looking like skeletons on the the horizon, shining in the sun but with a dark cloudy sky behind. Of course, I had forgotten my camera.... Sigh.

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