OMRAN Makes Major Progress in JW Marriot Hotel Project at Madinat Al Irfan

Muscat, Oman Tourism Development Company

(OMRAN), has made great strides in the development of JW Marriott

Hotel project at Madinat Al Irfan, ahead of its anticipated soft opening

in Q3 2019. The hotel is being built next door to the Oman Convention

and Exhibition Centre (OCEC) as part of OCEC development final

phase.

Located within Madinat Al Irfan, the 304 room five-star hotel is

the first JW Marriott branded hotel in Oman and will play a vital role in

boosting the MICE sector in the Sultanate attracting business travellers

and tourists. One of the unique selling points of the property is defined

by its direct connection to the Convention Centre and the state-of-the-

art 3,200-seat Rose Theatre, offering convenient access for conference

participants and visitors

The project was reviewed during a site visit by Dr. Ali bin Mas’oud

al-Sunaidy, Chairman of OMRAN, Peter Walichnowski, CEO of OMRAN

and senior officials of the company. The project development team, led

by Eng. Said al-Qasmi, Senior VP, OCEC Project at OMRAN briefed

the officials on the progress and various facilities of this upcoming

landmark hotel.

Following the tour, Peter Walichnowski, CEO of OMRAN

commented: The addition of the JW Marriott hotel to OMRAN’s

portfolio, a global brand icon in hospitality, is another milestone that will

further contribute to the competitiveness of OCEC as full-fledged

events destination in the region. It will give rise to further investments

for the Madinat Al Irfan, as well as contribute to the national agenda of

economic diversification.

The completion of the JW Marriot reinforces our position as the largest

hotel investment Company in the Sultanate and given the size and

quality of our portfolio, we are exploring ways to share ownership of

this portfolio with the private sector. We want to give local and

international investors a chance to invest in the growth of the Omani

tourism sector in a convenient and cost effective way, Walichnowski

said.

The hotel will feature six food and beverage outlets, two

ballrooms, a business center, meeting rooms and a spa and fitness

centre. It will also encompass three outdoor pools and open-air

function areas overlooking a natural Wadi.

Dr. al-Sunaidy, Chairman of OMRAN said: Since its inauguration

in October 2016, the OCEC has contributed to the advancement of the

exhibitions and conventions sector in the Sultanate. The hotel

developments within Madinat Al Irfan will play a significant role in

attracting delegations, businessmen and investors, as well as providing

more job opportunities for Omanis and SMEs.

Operated by global hotel operator Marriott International under

the JW Marriott brand, the luxurious 304 room hotel is designed in

accordance with the highest international standards for health and

safety. The new hotel is compliant with the advanced LEED green

building certification, which aligns with OMRAN’s sustainability policies.

In November 2017, OMRAN opened the 296-room Crowne

Plaza at the OCEC and is also planning a distinctive 280-room Ibis

Style hotel next to this Crown Plaza. The three hotels would contribute

a total additional 880 rooms to the Sultanate’s hospitality and MICE

sector.

Source: Oman News Agency