Progress on JW Marriott Development at Madinat Al Irfan

Set to be completed by end of the year, the luxury hotel will open its doors in early 2019

The JW Marriott will be the second hotel to open in the OCEC precinct, Muscat’s new business hub.

Al Ghazali: “OMRAN is presently working at a rapid momentum to deliver the hotel following large interest from the private sector for investment”

Muscat | 08 July 2018: Oman Tourism Development Company (OMRAN) has reported on the progress of its plans to open the second hotel within the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) precinct at Madinat Al Irfan. Set to be completed by the end of this year in parallel with the Convention Centre, the five-star JW Marriott will open its doors in early 2019 and will play an integral role in attracting business and leisure travellers as well as boosting the Sultanate’s MICE offering.

Situated in the eastern area of Madinat Al Irfan, the new metropolitan development in the heart of Muscat, the 305-room property will be the first JW Marriott hotel to open in Oman. With over 1,200m2 of flexible function space directly connected to the OCEC, multilingual and experienced event planners, two grand ballrooms, six meeting and boardrooms, tailored menus and bespoke wedding services, travellers will find that their every need will be catered to.

The new hotel will also feature five restaurants and lounges as well as over 700m2 of health and leisure facilities for guests to enjoy, including a 24 hour state-of-the-art fitness centre, sublime spa that features sauna facilities, a juice bar and three outdoor swimming pools.

Salah Al Ghazali, Head of Development Partnerships & Investment Relations at OMRAN, said, “This highly anticipated project not only supports the tourism sector by providing a wider variety of extra rooms and premium lifestyle facilities, but it will also be essential to the overall fabric of the city and Madinat Al Irfan components, especially the OCEC Development.”

He added, “OMRAN is presently working at a rapid momentum to deliver the hotel following large interest from the private sector for investment. This is following the success of Crowne Plaza Muscat, the first hotel that opened in OCEC, in which 49 per cent of the property stake was acquired by local pension funds.”

Madinat Al Irfan is the Sultanate’s largest urban development project and is set to contribute to Oman Vision 2040.The eastern area currently being developed by OMRAN is located just minutes from the newly opened Muscat International Airport. It is a multi-use district adjoining the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC), a world- class venue for international conferences, trade shows and concerts.

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Editor’s Notes

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 In addition, AEG Facilities operates the Los Angeles Convention Centre, Hawaii Convention Centre, and Puerto Rico Convention Centre. More information


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.

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