OCEC Announces Ahlain Winter Village 2018

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Following the huge success in 2017 when over 70,000 visitors enjoyed the delights of the first Winter Village, Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) announces the second edition of the Ahlain Winter Village 2018, which will be held from 22 November – 1 December. The event which was curated by Oman Tourism Development Company (OMRAN), the government’s executive arm for the development of the tourism sector,  last year has now emerged into an annual  fully-fledged ten-day event for families to enjoy an exciting arrangement of fun- packed shows and activities that will leave participants enthralled.

With a combination of spacious interiors and snow-themed outdoors, OCEC provides an excellent venue for an event with a wide line up performances, gastronomic delights at the food stalls or Food Truck Street, interesting games and activities such as fair ground rides, a winter maze, snow globe and more. This year will see the addition of more exciting rides when the “slap shot” and “mini curling” are introduced. Moreover, the entire OCEC Garden will be covered with faux, eco-friendly snow for an overall realistic experience for kids.

The event will not only provide a recreational atmosphere for its audience but also encourages SMEs to flourish and bring together local and foreign traditions collectively through a dynamic range of food stalls, a seasonal market and artworks on display. All this excitement is packaged for an entry fee of only RO. 1 and free entry for kids below the age of 5.

Qais Al Hosni, Head of Government and Corporate Affairs at OMRAN, said: “We are pleased to see Winter Village stepping into the second year with more entertaining activities for families and visitors during the winter season. The event achieved an outstanding success last year and introduced new standards for community events in Oman. In addition, it has contributed to supporting the domestic tourism, creating a platform, through OCEC venue which is owned by OMRAN, to engage with local community, visitors, as well as SMEs in various categories. This year, OMRAN will be the strategic partner for this colourful event and we will work with OCEC to make it bigger and better”.

“Ahlain Winter Village will present an excellent opportunity for local businesses to shine and make their mark whilst giving exceptional experiences for families” quotes OCEC’s CEO Mr. Said Al Shanfari.

David Kalife CEO at Oman Oil Marketing Company said, “Having the largest network of convenience stores in Oman, it was only natural for us to take Ahlain to the next level. Being part of the 2018 Winter Village is a translation of our commitment to provide our customers with more and we are focused on creating an unforgettable experience for them; something extraordinary and worthwhile for individuals and families alike. The same delighting and original experience each customer will feel when visiting Ahlain in our service-stations and more to come next year.” 

Winter Village this year will be branching out with an inviting and exciting atmosphere. This includes a dedicated Winter Souq focused on creating a memorable shopping experience as well. We certainly are looking forward to visitor participation in large numbers for the 2nd edition, and I wish it a grand success”. 



Editor’s Notes

About Winter Village

Read the report of Winter Village 2017 (En): https://issuu.com/eomran/docs/15595_omran_wvr_engaw

Arabic: https://issuu.com/eomran/docs/15595_omran_wvr_arb

About OCEC

The Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre is located in its own fully integrated precinct only four kilometres from Muscat International Airport.  The design of the Centre ensures a flow of the meeting spaces to suit the most discerning conference and exhibition organisers. It also incorporates expansive concourse areas to enable ease of large delegations with floor to ceiling windows overlooking landscaped gardens and water features.

The Centre features two tiered auditoriums to seat 3,200 and 450, while the five exhibition halls feature 22,396 square metres of column-free exhibition space. Hall 1 acts as a multi-purpose space for plenary sessions, concerts, performances and gala dinners on a larger scale. Halls 1 & 2 combined can seat over 10,000 seated in theatre-style.

The Centre also includes an additional 20 meeting rooms for 25-360 delegates, a Grand Ballroom to seat up to 1,200 guests, a Junior Ballroom to seat up to 540 guests for a banquet, 10 hospitality suites, and a VIP Pavilion. In total the Centre offers over 55 meeting space options plus a multi-storey car park with a capacity for 4,000 vehicles.

The Precinct provides the infrastructure necessary to host successful international, regional and local events and is there for the enjoyment of delegates, visitors and the local community. The precinct includes a JW Marriott Hotel (five star) linked to the Convention Centre, Crowne Plaza Hotel (four star). A business park, surrounded by a nature reserve, which is a haven for Oman’s exotic birdlife, together with parklands and a wadi (valley) park, are also part of this picturesque precinct.

About AEG Ogden

AEG Ogden is part of AEG Facilities of the United States, a division of AEG, the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company. AEG Ogden manages venues throughout the Asia Pacific and Middle East, including convention and exhibition centres in Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Kuala Lumpur, Oman, and the ICC Sydney; Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane; and arenas including the Brisbane Entertainment Centre and adjacent Sports Centre, Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena, the Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Perth Arena, and Dubai Arena (opening April 2019). AEG Ogden is also the owner of National Basketball League (NBL) team, the Sydney Kings. More information aegogden.com. In addition, AEG Facilities operates the Los Angeles Convention Centre, Hawaii Convention Centre, and Puerto Rico Convention Centre. More information aegworldwide.com


Oman Tourism Development Company SAOC (Omran) drives the investment, growth and development of the rapidly growing tourism sector in the Sultanate of Oman. The company is the master developer of major tourism, heritage, urban and mixed-use projects, delivering some of nation’s most visionary and iconic destinations. As the leading executive government arm for tourism development, Omran has a proven track record of delivering tourism and related projects to a world-class standard, due to our core philosophy of sustainability, transparency and partnering with renowned regional and international investors.