The architectural character of the building was influenced by the grand style of modern Omani palaces, and reflects their outward design features and circulation patterns.
size : Eight hectares (20 acres);
1,000-seat concert hall (18,580 SM / 200,000 SF)
The front entrance is an expansive palm-treed piazza backed by five tall, arched entryways into a hall that forms the central focus of a colonnade designed to create a grand feeling of entrance. The structure was finished in locally-sourced limestone and complementary stucco.
The venue incorporates a movable acoustic shell within the stage area and adjustable proscenium elements to create alternative acoustic configurations and stage formats to suit the various requirements. These elements provide a unique, adaptable volume control arrangement which gives unparalleled natural acoustic potential.
World-class opera house and concert theatre; auditorium; formal landscaped gardens; cultural souk with retail, food and beverage outlets; arts centre