Saraya Bandar Jissah, developers of Muscat’s newest integrated tourism complex have since inception formed close bonds with the local community through a wide range of community based initiatives. In 2015, the Company has made thoughtful and meaningful contributions to the local society, enriching and uplifting their lives and surroundings.
Beginning from community development initiatives to charitable activities and sponsorships, Saraya Bandar Jissah has been at the forefront of corporate social responsibility trends in the Sultanate. Sheikh Hamood bin Sultan al Hosni, CEO of Saraya Bandar Jissah remarked on the importance of building string ties with the local community. He noted, “At Saraya Bandar Jissah, we have always made thoughtful investments on the corporate responsibility front as it is an integral part of our company’s philosophy. Our initiatives in 2015 encompassed community development, educational and social activities as well as celebrations of national milestones. We are very proud of the accomplishments made last year and look forward to extending these initiatives to newer and more relevant spheres in 2016.”
The Saraya Bandar Jissah project lies in the midst of a longstanding Omani community in Muscat and the company’s focus has been to develop strong and enduring links within the local neighbourhood. The project has also been committed to encouraging health and community oriented lifestyle facilities for the residents of Muscat, and recently had the pleasure of completing a one-of-a-kind football pitch constructed to international FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) standards for the young football enthusiasts of Qantab. The 60m by 90m football pitch has synthetic grass installed, and serves as a place for youngsters to come together and pursue their passion for the sport. Additionally, Saraya Bandar Jissah has commissioned a construction company to build a new community Majlis for the residents of Qantab village. The Majlis, which is expected to be completed by second quarter of 2016, is set to become a central community venue for events and gatherings for the members of the Qantab village.
Saraya Bandar Jissah also shares a close meaningful relationship with the local Qantab Public School, providing them with support to enhance the school environment with new equipment and enhanced facilities. In 2015, the CSR team from Saraya Bandar Jissah also supported a workshop for all schools in Wilayat Muscat on ‘IT security’ conducted by the Community Service & Continuing Education Centre at SQU. This training program was held at Qantab Public School for five days and many schools were benefitted by it. Moreover, in August 2015, a training program on active learning and curriculum development was conducted by Community Service & Continuing Education Center at SQU and supported by Saraya Bandar Jissah for 65 teachers at Qantab public school for a period of five days.
Among the various causes taken up by Saraya Bandar Jissah, the project lent a hand to the Directorate of Health Services in organising a workshop named ‘My Weight, My Responsibility’ in the Wilayat of Muscat to raise awareness about healthy living. In addition, the company also sponsored events such as the Arab Orphan’s Day in association with the Omani Women’s Association, World Health Day – in association with the Directorate of Health Services, as well as encouraged the locals’ passion for sports through their sponsorship of the 3rd King’s Tournament. Saraya Bandar Jissah conducted a special Ramadan drive, in association with the Omani Women’s Association, where they gave out gift coupons to the people of Qantab on occasion of the holy month. For the 45th National Day of Oman the company supported the Wilayat of Muscat, and joined in with the locals to celebrate this milestone event.
Saleh bin Sultan Al Sharji, Senior CSR officer at Saraya Bandar Jissah remarked, “As developers of prime real estate in the Sultanate, we intend on making contributions in the fields we have thorough knowledge and expertise in. Over the course of 2015, it was our pleasure to present the completed football pitch to the community of Qantab in addition to conducting a number of educational programmes. In due course, we look forward to handing over the Majlis which will be a great source of pride to the community as well for us at Saraya Bandar Jissah,
Saraya Bandar Jissah, which is being developed in partnership between Omran ( Oman Tourism Development Company ) and Saraya Oman Holding, is located on the outskirts of Muscat on a secluded beach surrounded by the Hajar Mountains. The destination is being built on 2.2mn sq.m of land with an expansive beachfront and a high point of 250m above sea level. Saraya Bandar Jissah will be home to 398 exclusive residential units, spacious hilltop villas, stylish duplexes and luxury apartments – all with attractive waterfront and mountainside views. Scheduled for a grand opening in 2017, the two beach front Jumeirah hotels form the major leisure components of Saraya Bandar Jissah, providing their guests with a luxurious and relaxing home away from the day-to-day rigours of life.