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Omran opens first phase of Madinat al Irfan East

15 Jan 2024 Omran opens first phase of Madinat al Irfan East By OUR CORRESPONDENT

Muscat – Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran Group) has completed first phase of Madinat al Irfan East project with the official inauguration of JW Marriott Hotel Muscat.

The celebration – concurrent with Oman’s 53rd National Day and in alignment with the National Tourism Strategy 2040 – marks the introduction of the globally acclaimed JW Marriott brand to Oman, signifying a momentous stride in positioning Oman as a leading global tourism destination.

The inauguration event was graced by H E Salim Mohammed al Mahruqi, Minister of Heritage and Tourism, along with other dignitaries, Omran officials, and key figures in Oman’s tourism industry, official sources said.

JW Marriott Hotel Muscat, a 5-star facility with an investment of approximately RO47mn, comes to existence with 304 rooms and suites.

As part of the Marriott Bonvoy international hotel chain, it is the first JW Marriott branded hotel in Oman.

Strategically located in the heart of Madinat al Irfan East and directly linked to the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre (OCEC), the hotel is poised to offer exceptional experiences to its guests, significantly contributing to Oman’s tourism sector.

Commenting on the completion of Phase I of Madinat al Irfan East, H E Mahruqi pointed out that the development project represents a pivotal stage in the urban development of the city, creating a vibrant tourist destination that celebrates Omani identity.

“With comprehensive facilities like the OCEC, designed to global architectural and environmental standards, this development aligns meticulously with Oman Vision 2040’s objectives to promote sustainable tourism development, economic diversification, and preservation of natural resources,” he added.

Dr Hashil Obaid al Mahrouqi, CEO of Omran, branded this project as “a direct reflection of our vision to advance the tourism sector by utilising our rich historical and cultural heritage to upgrade Oman’s position in the global tourism market”.

“It plays a crucial role in contributing to economic development and is designed to provide distinctive and unparalleled tourism experiences that appeal to citizens, residents, and international tourists,” he underlined.

The Omran CEO highlighted the commitment of the people in Omran to develop premier assets that can support and strengthen the incentive tourism, business, and conference sectors.

“We are also dedicated to elevating the local market and the hospitality and tourism sectors. Our efforts are geared towards enhancing the capacity to host major conferences, events, and functions of the city.”

Mahrouqi asserted that the group is “focused on augmenting the local value by creating opportunities for local enterprises, small and medium-sized businesses, and generating approximately 300 direct jobs”.

Sandeep Walia, Chief Operating Officer – Middle East, Marriott International, stressed that their hotel in Muscat brings together a legacy of extraordinary hospitality underpinned by the brand’s thoughtful ethos and commitment to sustainability that resonates deeply with today’s global traveller.

“We are confident that the JW Marriott Hotel Muscat will elevate Oman’s luxury hospitality landscape with its inspired design, immersive culinary experiences and anticipatory service for which the brand is known.  Oman is an important market for Marriott International and we remain committed to it,” he asserted.

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