Cityscapes & Urban architecture - Rajesh Jyothiswaran

The Dry Swamp

Majlis Oman, the new parliament building, is the latest of landmark buildings in Muscat. The building comes as a testimony to the Sultan’s vision of establishing a modern democratic state built on grounded Islamic routes where the people of the land are an integral part of the decision-making authorities in the country.

The symbolic significance of this project cannot be overstated. The Majlis is at the very heart of Oman’s constitutional power and is the only legislative body in Oman where all members are democratically elected.


The building is located in the prestigious Al Bustan area of Oman close to the Ceremonial Palace and Ministerial buildings. The new Majlis overlooks the Gulf of Oman and is surrounded by a mountainous background and primary dual carriageways.

The building’s design has a number of elements that are based upon elements from the numerous early forts located throughout Oman. This building both respects the origins and takes from it, and also adapts into a modern Omani style showing the forward looking intents of the government.

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