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Omran to award key hotel projects

Omran, Oman’s tourism development and investment company, is set to award contracts for the construction of its two prime hotel projects this month, said a report.

The new projects – a five-star and a four-star hotel – are being developed as part of the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre (OCEC) project.

Omran is presently evaluating bids for the projects which will be ready in time for the opening of the convention and exhibition centre in 2017, reported the Times of Oman, citing a top official.

“One of these hotels is a five-star property, while the other one is a four-star hotel. We are now evaluating the bids (financial and technical bids submitted by contracting firms),” revealed Abdul Wahid Al Farsi, the vice president – external affairs, Omran.

“Each hotel will have 300 rooms, bringing the total room capacity to 600,” he added.

The Omani firm has roped in Crown Plaza as operator for its four-star project, while for the five-star property it is yet to finalise an operator.

The OCEC, one of the very few convention centres in the world to be developed within a fully integrated convention precinct, is supported by a five-star, two four-star and a three-star hotel, totalling 1,000 rooms, as well as a shopping mall and commercial business park.

It is being built some four kilometres from Muscat International Airport, the report added.

Meanwhile, Omran said the work is progressing well on the exhibition hall, which was the first large building package and includes a car park, a district cooling plant and ancillary buildings.

A contract for building a 3,100-seat capacity main auditorium and banquet halls, part of the OCEC project, is also expected to be awarded before the year-end.

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