Mourjan Marinas IGY has signed an agreement to manage and develop The Wave, Muscat in Oman. The planned luxury resort includes a 400-berth marina.

“What is so appealing about this initiative is the opportunity it offers Mourjan Marinas IGY to support the overall goal of Oman to create a world-class sailing boat industry,” said Michael Horrigan, CEO of Mourjan Marinas IGY, in a statement.

Horrigan said the region has become one of the leading developments for luxury marinas in the world. The firm has also contracted to develop the first marina inside the Lusail City development in Doha, Qatar, and it will also manage two marinas as part of the upcoming Marsa Al Seef project in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The first phase of the marina in Oman is scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2011. The marina will have yacht maintenance and fueling facilities located at a yacht club. It will also have a coffee shop and retail promenade.

“The marina will most certainly complement our existing standards of living as we position Oman as a distinguished yachting and sailing centre that would compete within the global luxury boating circuit,” said Michael Lenarduzzi, CEO of The Wave, Muscat.

Lenarduzzi added that the marina is one of the most ambitious development projects designed “to become the preferred berthing option in Oman”. It will accommodate more than 400 boats, including megayachts.

Mourjan Marinas IGY will help design and “optimise” the marina for operations and then manage it once it is operational, said Horrigan.

Photo (L-R): Michael Horrigan and Michael Lenarduzzi