Thailand-based operator Minor Hotels has signed a management agreement with Safari International Group for a new AVANI hotel to be developed in Muscat, the Oman capital.
Scheduled to open in mid-2020, the 250-key AVANI Muscat Hotel will be located in Seeb to the west of the city.
The property will be connected via a sky bridge to the upcoming Al Araimi Boulevard Mall, which is currently being developed and is scheduled to open in 2018 with over 250 retail and dining outlets, a medical centre and a 10-screen cinema complex.
With a total development cost of $50 million, the hotel will open in two phases. The first phase will comprise 160 guest rooms and suites, an all-day dining restaurant, an AVANI Pantry and a rooftop lounge. Additional facilities will include a swimming pool and health club and a 1,000 sq m ballroom and eight meeting rooms.
The second phase, which will commence two years after the main hotel opens, will offer a total of 90 serviced apartments including studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments, plus two 175 square metre three-bedroom apartments.
Launched in 2011, AVANI Hotels & Resorts currently operates 21 properties in the Asia Pacific region, the Middle East, Africa and Europe.
The hotel will add to Minor Hotels’ portfolio in Oman, following the launch of the gAnantara brand in late 2016 with two new openings – Anantara Jabal Al Akhdar Resort located on the Saiq Plateau in the north of the country and Al Baleed Salalah Resort by Anantara in the Dhofar region in the south.
Dillip Rajakarier, CEO Minor Hotels, said: “Bringing AVANI to Oman is a key component of our strategic expansion plans and we are delighted to be partnering with Safari International Group to develop this exciting new addition to Muscat’s hotel scene.”
Ismail bin Yaqoub Al-Toubi, owner of Safari International Group, added: “Oman is witnessing a significant growth in the tourism sector. As a result of the expansion of Muscat International Airport, which is expected to receive more than 12 million passengers a year, AVANI Muscat Hotel has been strategically designed and placed to host the expected surge of businessmen and families coming to the capital.”
Minor Hotels currently operates 13 properties in the Middle East.
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