By Staff writer
Oman Tourism Development Company set to deliver an additional 900 hotel rooms during 2017/18
Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran) has announced that it is on track to deliver three new hotels, providing more than 900 additional rooms, in 2017/18.
The hotels include the five-star W hotel currently under construction alongside the expansion of the Royal Opera House in the heart of the capital, as well as the five-star JW Marriott and 4-star Crowne Plaza located at the country’s flagship upcoming master-development Madinat Al Irfan Urban Centre.
Omran said in a statement that these hotels are set to support the sultanate’s expansion of its leisure tourism and MICE industries.
Said bin Mohammed Al Qasmi, chief project officer, Omran and Head of Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre development, said: “The new business hub at Madinat Al Irfan Urban development is going to be extraordinary – a new urban fabric will be introduced into Muscat, offering a multitude of opportunities in Oman for residents and visitors alike.
"The opening of both JW Marriot at Crowne Plaza next year will continue the initial stage of phase one of this development, adding another dimension to the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre.”
The OCEC and the wider Madinat Al Irfan development are central to the Oman Government’s strategy to diversify the national economy.
By creating a comprehensive mixed-use business and urban city, the sultanate aims to create a major venue for regional and international events.
The three new properties are set to open in 2017 and 2018, following the exhibition halls opening of the OCEC latter this year.