Exclusive: Dubai's Jumeirah signs its first hotel in Oman

Saraya Bandar Jissah is currently under development and will consist of two hotels when it opens in 2017
By Shane McGinley
Sun 08 Dec 2013 08:47 AM

Dubai’s Jumeirah Group, operator of the iconic Burj
al Arab hotel, has signed a management agreement with Saraya Bandar Jissah SAOH
to operate a luxury resort in Muscat, marking the hotelier’s first property in
the Sultanate, the resort’s CEO told Arabian Business in an exclusive
interview.

Saraya Bandar Jissah is a joint project between
Omran, Oman’s tourism development and investment arm and Saraya Oman, a
subsidiary of Saraya Holdings. It is currently under development and is expected
to open in 2017.

Located between the Hajjar Mountains and the Gulf
of Oman, 15 minutes south of Muscat city centre and 40 minutes from Seeb
International Airport, the resort is the largest single residential and tourism
development to break ground in Oman since 2007 and developers are confident it
will generate up to 1,000 new jobs when complete.

“Jumeirah Group is a name well-known across the
globe for its hotels and resorts. It brings with it a certain expectation – of
luxury and world-class service – and this is a perfect fit for Saraya Bandar
Jissah. We’re building a new resort community which will create a new, relaxing
haven for all who live there and visit,” Sheikh Hamood bin Sultan Al Hosni, CEO
of Saraya Bandar Jissah, said in an interview.

“We chose to partner with Jumeirah Group as we
share the same belief in world-class service and unrivalled luxury. As the
first Jumeirah hotels in the Sultanate, they will provide a new and exciting
option for tourists to Oman,” he added.

Jumeirah will operate both the 206-room and 106-room
hotels at the two million square metre site, which will include 400 residential
properties, a 1,200 sqm Talise spa, a dive centre, a range of sports and
leisure facilities and a selection of restaurants, bars and cafes and a kids
club.

“We are delighted to have been selected by Saraya
Bandar Jissah to operate this resort in one of the most beautiful parts of
Oman. As we continue to expand the Jumeirah brand across the Middle East, we
bring our exceptional quality of service to loyal guests in new markets,
helping them to discover the very best in luxury hospitality and the beauty of
emerging destinations like the Omani coastline,” said Gerald Lawless, president
and CEO of Jumeirah Group.

The Dubai hotelier currently operates 22 luxury
hotels and serviced apartments, including 11 in the Gulf region, six in Europe
and five in Asia. A further 15 hotels are now under development.

Saraya Bandar Jissah is part of Oman’s plans to spend
more than $50bn on infrastructure in transport, oil and gas and manufacturing
in the next few years in an unprecedented spend on big-ticket projects.

Ahmed bin Hassan Al Dheeb, the sultanate’s undersecretary, said
the next few years were likely to see some of the biggest investments in mega
projects in Oman’s history, the Times of
Oman
reported.

The full exclusive interview with Sheikh Hamood bin Sultan Al Hosni will be published by Arabian Business later this month.

Click here for images of the hotel and resort

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