Rotana Hotel Management Corporation, the Abu Dhabi-based hospitality company running a hotel chain in the Middle East and Africa, will open its five-star resort hotel in Salalah by the end of 2012 and a business hotel in Sohar in early 2013, according to a company official.
In an e-mail reply to Muscat Daily enquiries, Omer Kaddouri, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Rotana, said that the company will operate its first property in Oman - Salalah Rotana Resort & Spa - through a strategic alliance signed between Rotana and Orascom.
“Our strategic aim is to have a property located in every key city in the Middle East and Africa. In line with this strategy, we have announced the opening of the two properties in Oman.”
The five-star Salalah Rotana Resort & Spa will be operational by the end of 2012 and will offer 400 luxury rooms and suites, a wide choice of bars and restaurants, a private beach and Zen Spa. Centro Sohar will open early 2013 with 300 rooms. Appealing to large corporate entities, small and medium business owners, and individual travelers, Centro by Rotana will be a modern, stylish and affordable business hotel brand providing unique living spaces in a contemporary environment.
“Centro Sohar will feature amenities specifically geared to the needs of the travelling executive including a well-appointed executive centre, meeting rooms, gymnasium and swimming pool,” said the executive vice president.
“A property in Oman will allow us to cater to the business individuals and leisure travellers. The MICE (meetings, incentives, conference, exhibitions) segment will also be attracted by the business opportunities in the country as well as the amount of activities that incentive groups can do,” he said.
According to Kaddouri, Oman has seen a huge economic development in the past few years and the country has potential to develop more its internal as well as external commerce which has attracted the hospitality group to invest in the sultanate.