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Muriya wins Green Habitat Award

2nd July 2010 Print

The Muriya Tourism Development Company has won the Green Habitat Award for its As Sodah Island Project, which is currently under construction.

Part of the Oman Green Awards initiative, which aims to raise the level of environmental consciousness and create behavioural changes to conserve and protect the environment, the Green Habitat Award recognises the most eco-friendly & healthy workplace.

The brand new Oman Green Awards are supported by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA), the Ministry of Health (Environmental and Occupational Health) and the Muscat Municipality and the Environment Society of Oman (ESO).

“This award signifies that our efforts have not only been recognised but also appreciated,” says Cyril Piaia, CEO Muriya.

“We have been adamant about minimising impact on the environment and this has been the policy of our company from the very beginning. Serious steps have been taken to preserve species and conserve energy and water without compromising on the design or comfort of our customers.”

Muriya was formed in 2006 by Egypt’s Orascom Hotels and Development and the Omani Government and since then has announced four projects across Oman, one of which is As Sodah Island.

Also called As Sawdah or Black Island, As Sodah Island is based in the archipelago of the Al Hallaniyat Islands, which lie off the coast of south-eastern Oman.

The project is an eco-friendly development and is designed to avoid threats to existing species, corals and turtle nesting beaches.

Waste is ecologically disposed of and there are regular environmental monitoring and beach clean ups, which are done under the supervision of expert specialists.

As Sodah is also due to use the Reed Bed sewage treatment plan, a natural and environmental friendly waste water treatment process which is still currently being tested.

Muriya’s other projects include the development of a recycling company and two integrated tourism complexes in Oman called Jebel Sifah’ and ‘Salalah Beach, both of which offer freehold properties.

The company also has extensive plans to develop ‘City Walk’ in Muscat and a boutique hotel on ‘As Sodah Island.