Saturday, December 03, 2016
Mr Mahfoodh Al Hinai, an Omani colleague of mine recently shifted into his new villa at Sohar. He belongs to Sohar which is a large industrial town having a free zone and a large port. This place is about two and a half hours drive from Muscat (around 250 km). His old house was taken over by the Govt as it was falling in the proposed Muscat-Sohar expressway zone. A plot of land was allotted to him elsewhere along with compensation to build a new house. It has taken him more than an year to build the house and he has spent a considerable amount from his own resources to build his dream abode. I had an opportunity to visit his new villa when I visited Sohar on an official branch visit last month.
The villa consists of 5 bedrooms with attached washrooms (3 for the family, 1 guest room and 1 for the maid) in a duplex structure. All the building material and furniture was selected by him personally in China (yeah, he went to China to buy the stuff which was shipped to Oman in two containers). Additional material/fixtures were sourced from Dubai as and when required. The villa has cost him upwards of 80,000/- Rials (multiply that by 176 to get an idea in Indian currency - that's around Rs 1.5 crore, wow !). Here are some pics of the beautiful villa (click to enlarge):
A view of the villa from outside.
Close up from the courtyard.
Bharat putting forth his view while Mahfoodh is all ears.
The "Majlis" or the front parlor. The 65 inch TV was dwarfed in this huge room.