OMRAN BREAKS GROUND ON OMAN CONVENTION & EXHIBITION CENTRE PROJECT AND STARTS CONSTRUCTION
Under the auspices of HE Ahmed bin Abdulnabi Macki, Minister of National Economy and Deputy Chairman of Financial Affairs and Energy Resources Council
3 January 2011 – Muscat, Oman: Omran, which is mandated by the Government of Oman to deliver major projects and manage tourism assets and Investments, formally broke ground yesterday on the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre, a major new project which will become one of the region’s leading facilities for conferences and exhibitions.
Under the auspices of H.E Ahmed bin Abdulnabi Macki, Minister of National Economy and Deputy Chairman of Financial Affairs and Energy Resources Council, and in the presence of H.E. Dr. Rajiha bin AbdulAmeer bin Ali, Minister of Tourism and Chairperson of Omran, and many distinguished guests, the foundation stone for the centre was laid.
The key components of the centre include an auditorium with total seating capacity for 3,000 people, exhibition halls with 25,000sqm exhibition space and with the ability to seat 10,000 people in the first phase. The development will also have banquet halls, meeting space, 85,000 sqm of office space in a grade-A business park, four hotels with a total of 1,000 rooms and a large shopping mall.
Oman’s first international-standard convention centre which represents a major investment by Omran, this will allow Muscat to become a regional destination serving the MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) sector, providing an additional boost to Oman’s fast-growing tourism industry.
H.E. Ahmed bin Abdulnabi Macki welcomed the impact that the Centre will have on the Omani economy, saying:
“This facility will allow Oman to become a major new destination for conferences, exhibitions and other major business events. These will have a major impact on our economy in the future, creating many hundreds of jobs for Omanis and attracting hundreds of thousands of business travellers each year.”
H.E. Dr. Rajiha bint Abdul Ameer bin Ali said the Centre represented an important element of Oman’s tourism strategy:
“Over recent years, Oman has taken major strides forward in attracting tourists to our many leisure resorts and hotels. Our strategy has always been to target the business sector too and this investment will provide us with an outstanding venue for conferences and exhibitions.”
Eng. Wael bin Ahmed Al Lawati, CEO of Omran, said that Omran felt privileged to be chosen to develop this strategic project:
“We have completed many important stages of the design and planning work for the Centre and we are delighted to have started work on site. We have been given an ambitious timeline to complete the first phase of the project but as we showed with the site for the Asian Beach Games, we can rise to the challenge.
“We commit to delivering a facility which will make Oman proud; one which will stand against the very best convention centres in the world.”
Located just four kilometres from Muscat Airport, the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre will act as a gateway to Muscat. Its landmark design will draw on Oman’s strong cultural heritage and architectural traditions, taking full advantage of the natural beauty of its surroundings.
State-of-the-art conference and exhibition facilities will be complemented by four hotels, including a five star flagship property, two four star hotels and a boutique three star accommodation.
The master-planner and developer for the project, Omran, was established by the Government to deliver major real estate, hospitality and joint venture projects across Oman, in support of the nation’s long term economic strategy, ‘Vision 2020’, which sees tourism sector as a key contributor. It has just completed its first major project, the site for the Muscat Asian Beach Games 2010, which was handed over to the Games organizers in November.
Omran is mandated by the Government of Oman to deliver major projects and manage tourism assets and investments. This is in line with the Government’s vision of positioning tourism as a major economic driver of the future and as a generator of employment.
Omran’s growing project portfolio, with a value of US$10 billion, includes some of the largest developments in Oman such as the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre. Having delivered the 2nd Asian Beach Games facilities in record time and with an impressive health and safety record, it is now focusing on the delivery of its numerous projects spanning the country. Omran is also a prominent asset manager owner of tourism assets in Oman including Al-Bustan Palace Hotel and Intercontinental Muscat.
Regional and international investors have chosen Omran as their partner in developing mega mixed used projects and master-planned communities in addition to real estate developments and niche projects, with more than 20 joint ventures under various stages of development.
In developing these projects, sustainable development is of paramount importance, with the company management systems having been certified to ISO 14001 & 18001 standards. Omran also believes firmly that local communities and its stakeholders have to be the ultimate beneficiaries of its developments and activities.
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