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Omran on track to deliver 900 new hotel rooms in Muscat.

Oman's continued growth as a tourism destination is set to receive another boost as the Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran) is on track to deliver three new hotels, providing more than 900 additional rooms in 2017/18, a press release said.

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. These hotels are set to increase Omran's business and luxury room supply, supporting the sultanate's strategic expansion of its leisure tourism and MICE industries, especially focusing on the country's new business hub -- the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre (OCEC).

Commenting on the significance of the new hotels, Said al Qasmi, chief project officer, Omran, and head of OCEC 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 1 of this development, adding another dimension to the OCEC.

"The 304 key JW Marriott will be the most exclusive and prestigious of all planned hotels on the OCEC site, with the five-star property providing the height of luxury and top service to visitors to OCEC and Madinat al Irfan. The Crowne Plaza will be positioned as a four-star hotel with 296 rooms, offering visitors a comprehensive experience including varied F&B outlets as well as a health and leisure club. The two hotels will provide a dynamic choice for visitors, complementing the top level conference and exhibition facilities at OCEC with the outstanding hospitality expected of Oman."

The JW Marriott and the Crowne Plaza are designed to meet the criteria for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification by the US Green Building Council.

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Publication:The Week (Muscat, Oman)
Geographic Code:7OMAN
Date:Jul 28, 2016
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