MUSCAT – The “Sultan Haitham City” constitutes a futuristic urban icon, a treasure for the future and a sustainable gift from His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik to future generations and all segments of society.
Sultan Haitham City emerges as the fruitful outcome of the comprehensive transformation approach espoused by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning. It envisages transition into sustainable urban development that benefits thriving communities through the implementation of national strategic projects for urban development in line with Oman Vision 2040. Sultan Haitham City represents the cornerstone of upcoming projects and a new model for building sustainable cities. It simulates modern life and epitomizes the aspirations of young people in Oman. The city, which occupies an area of 14,800,000 square metres, has been planned to reflect sound and sustainable urban planning based on the utilization of green spaces on an area of 2,900,000 square metres. It is designed to house 100,000 people and it will have 20,000 housing units ranging between separate villas, semi-attached villas, townhouses and flats. The housing units are distributed over 19 integrated residential neighbourhoods, supplied with various facilities and services to meet the needs of the residents. It will have 23 mosques and a grand mosque. The city will also have 11 health facilities, including two health centres that cater to the needs of 20,000 patients and another set of six health centres with a capacity to serve 10,000 patients. The city will have a referral hospital with a capacity of 1,200 beds, a private hospital and a centre to serve persons with disability and elderly people. There city will have 39 government and private schools, which cover all educational levels.
The new city translates 12 international criterions of luxury and welfare—ranging between affordable cost, integrated utilities and sustainable systems—all of which played a role in drawing out the city’s master plan. The city will have an internal transport network whose distances are carefully calculated to provide access to the largest possible number of facilities. The network will be suitable for public and private transport vehicles that smoothly crisscross the roads from the centre to the periphery.
In the meantime, there is scope in the city for green spaces, shaded corridors and lanes allowing the flow of gentle breeze and give an extra sense of comfort.
The city boasts other features like pedestrian passages and bicycle paths to help diversify the methods of traffic, healthy lifestyles and sustainability of the environment. These include options for the use of renewable energy and measures for water conservation. The city’s overall configuration enhances interaction and communication among various segments of society that benefit from common spaces and designs of neighbourhoods.
The design of the city’s residential quarters also provide privacy a range of options that combine high and low densities to accommodate all income groups. The city’s designs also respond to climatic changes and cater to future developments, with its engineering infrastructure tailored to adapt to the needs of population growth and the cost of maintenance. The city welcomes all segments of society, with their diverse social and cultural backgrounds. It allows all segments easily access to its social and recreational facilities, thereby consolidating the bonds of belonging and cultural diversity.
In Sultan Haitham City, community facilities occupy strategic locations that have been carefully selected to allow residents to access them with complete ease. The strategy allows residents to jointly use public facilities, such as parking lots, playgrounds and parks, and contributes to achieving optimal use of spaces and amenities in the heart of metropolis. The designs of the city’s external areas are inspired by the natural surroundings, with options for utilizing the natural shade of trees during the daytime—which will be much in harmony with the urban structures. The overall idea is to provide natural outdoor spaces in the vicinity of buildings and well-designed streets.
The city has also been designed to raise the quality of life by optimizing the use of solar energy as a sustainable source. In this setup, waste energy production systems and wastewater outputs will act as key factors in the protection of natural resources. The outcome will be the control of waste and the recycling of materials. With its fascinating and captivating designs, the city promises transition into a future of happiness and prosperity. Yet, its concepts will never miss out on the country’s heritage. While it builds a vision for the future of generations that celebrate modern life, it will also build solid grounds for harmony among cultural groups. It is more than a city. It is a thriving ecosystem, a welcoming community and a unified society built on the notion that real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present. That life is a journey forward. It must be lived looking ahead, as tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.