By Beatrice Thomas
Construction tender floated by Omran, the government's development arm, this week
A five-star W Hotel is to be the first of three Starwood Hotels and Resorts planned for the heart of Muscat, it was reported.
A construction tender for the lavish accommodation offering, which is part of a redevelopment of the InterContinental Muscat, was floated by government development arm Omran this week.
The tender, which closes on March 9, is said to have attracted interest from almost 30 companies.
Omran vice-president external affairs Abdul Wahid al Farsi told the Muscat Daily that the design for the hotel was completed in 2012, but it had undergone some changes.
“We had to redesign the external elevations completely. But in terms of the hotel’s facilities and number of rooms, there are no changes made,” he was quoted as saying.
The W Hotel comprises 290 rooms, a speciality restaurant, all-day dining restaurant, infinity pool and spas as well as a fitness centre, retail facilities and tennis court.
Starwood Hotels have flagged the launch date as June, 2017.
Farsi said the tender was still in the floatation stage and the construction period was expected to be 24 months.
The other two hotels that form part of the wider project - the 350-room Westin Muscat and 100-room long-stay property Element Muscat – will follow at a later stage.
W Hotel will open while the InterContinental still operates. However, the InterContinental will later make way for the two new hotels.