Omantel Headquarters

Facades / Metal Meshes




Mesh / Stainless Steel




  • Location Muscat, Oman
  • Client Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran)
  • Design Architect WATG (Concept to DD) SSH (detail and Tender)
  • Engineer SSH Lighting Design: Visual Energy, UK
  • Main Contractor AL Turki Enterprise
  • Status Completed - 2019

Project Summary

The new Omantel Headquarters, home of Oman’s first integrated telecommunications services provider, is located at the Convention & Exhibition Centre in Muscat. The complex consists of two office buildings, with distinct geometrical forms, above a three-level tall podium for parking. The two buildings, a circular and a crescent, are connected with bridges and are wrapped with a woven stainless steel architectural metal mesh cladding. The iconic façade with a wavy appearance of various overlapping wraps draws inspiration from the Omani Masar, the traditional male headdress, proudly exhibiting contemporary design and paying homage to Oman’s heritage.

The building is the embodiment of the company’s mission: quality, sustainability, and innovation. It has been awarded the LEED Platinum certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) having scored 86 points on incorporating practical solutions in areas like site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. It is the first building in Oman to obtain this level of certification.

Using stainless steel for the façade added to the sustainability aspects of the project as metal fabrics are completely recyclable and about 60% of material used in the mesh is from recycled content.

Grankraft fabricated and installed the 316 AISI type stainless steel mesh façade wrapping around the two office buildings with an overall area of 10,000m².  The mesh façade is supported by a mild steel framework that is anchored to the primary reinforced concrete structure. The mesh is flexible in one direction and weighs 1.06lbs per sqf and its open area is 50%. The metal mesh is not only the key feature of the building that gives it a distinct character, but it also provides an efficient solar protection with unblocked views of the outside surroundings for all the internal spaces. Aesthetically the play of light, shadow, and reflections created by the mesh give the building its distinct character. The wavy façade form is illuminated by arranged flexible LED profiles installed on the mesh grid.

Having used 316 grade stainless steel also minimises the cost of maintenance as the stainless steel may become soiled by the deposition of airborne dirt which is especially important in the Omani climate. However, the cleaning process is relatively easy, and the frequency can be as little as 1-2 times per year depending on the aesthetic requirements of the project. These aspects of the maintenance needed to be considered during the design stage in order to not only pick the right type of mesh but also to allow maintenance access.

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