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Oman floats tender for key $1bn convention centre facilities

Omran invites bids to build main auditorium and other facilities at Muscat exhibition centre

Oman floats tender for key $1bn convention centre facilities
An artists impression of the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre Precinct.

Oman has floated a key tender to build the main auditorium and other facilities as part of its convention and exhibition centre project in Muscat.

Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran), Oman's investment arm for developing tourism infrastructure, is overseeing the development of the convention and exhibition centre.

The winner of the contract will build the main auditorium, which will be able to accommodate 3,100 people, a secondary auditorium with a seating capacity of 450, two ball rooms, a special food court, 20 meeting rooms and administration areas, Times of Oman reported.

Located in Al Irfan, the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre is being constructed in two stages.

Stage One, incorporating 22,000 sq m of exhibition space will be completed in 2015, followed by Stage Two, featuring 3,200 and 450 seat tiered theatres, 14 meeting rooms and two ballrooms due for completion in late 2016.

The centre is situated within a new business precinct and has been designed to accommodate world congresses, exhibitions, regional meetings, banquets, gala events, performances and concerts.

The precinct will also include 1,000 hotel rooms and is set to become an iconic landmark for Muscat and Oman.

The project is scheduled for completion by 2016.

A recruitment drive to find key senior executives to run Oman's new convention and exhibition centre started this month.

Venue management specialists AEG Ogden said it was stepping up its recruitment, following the appointment of a general manager last month.

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