The Blue City (Al Madina A' Zarqa) is the largest development in the Sultanate of Oman and one of the largest of its kind in the Middle East Area. It is situated in a coastal area of unique natural beauty, 90km west of the capital Muscat. The city will, at ultimate stage, accommodate 200,000 inhabitants and occupy an area of 32km2. It is envisaged to be constructed in 10 stages until 2020.
Phase 1 of Al Madina A' Zarqa is a mixed use development which combines mainly residential and touristic elements of a total of 1.4 million m2 of built-up area, spreading over an area of 2.2km2.
It consists of the following elements: Three 5-star hotels of a total of 670 keys, 5.200 apartment units, 400 villas, 1 shopping centre, Public Amenity buildings; A City Hall, Nursery, a Primary School, a Mosque, a Police Station, a Fire Station and a Post Office. An 18-hole PGA golf course, associated Infrastructure including a road network of approximately 8km.
Phase 1, designed as a contemporary interpretation of traditional Omani Architecture, was awarded to AECO Development LLC (a 50% owned subsidiary of ELLAKTOR S.A.) as the Design and Build Contractor. This phase commenced in November 2006 and was envisaged to shall be developed until 2014. However, it was suspended in December 2009 due to the regional financial and real estate crisis.