JW Marriott hotel at Madinat al Irfan to open later this year
H E Dr Ali bin Masoud bin Ali al Sunaidy, Minister of Commerce and Industry and chairman of Omran on Sunday reviewed the 304-room JW Marriott hotel project at Madinat al Irfan, ahead of its anticipated soft opening in Q3 this year.
The hotel is being built near the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre as part of the final phase of development. H E Dr Sunaidy was accompanied by 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.
The five-star property 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.
Walichnowski said, “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.
“The completion of the JW Marriott 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,” he added.
The hotel will feature six food and beverage outlets, two ballrooms, a business centre, meeting rooms and a spa and fitness centre. It will also encompass three outdoor pools and open-air function areas overlooking a natural wadi.
H E Dr Sunaidy said, “Since its inauguration in October 2016, the OCEC has contributed to the advancement of the exhibitions and conventions centre in the sultanate. The hotel developments within Madinat al Irfan will play a significant role in attracting delegations, businessmen and investors as well providing more job opportunities for Omanis and SMEs.”