It was inaugurated by H H Sayyid Tarik bin Shabib al Said.
The 296-room property boasts extensive meeting and event facilities. With a dedicated events team, a ballroom, and executive lounges, the hotel caters to the needs of each and every business traveller.
Sayyid Tarik said, “The opening of the Crowne Plaza Muscat OCEC bears witness to the significant progress in Oman’s MICE sector. The OCEC has provided a foundation for the growth of Oman’s events industry, and with the opening of this hotel, it is becoming an increasingly attractive option for business travellers worldwide.
“I was impressed by the initiative taken by Omran and the hotel management focusing on sustainability and the impact on the environment.”
The four-star Crowne Plaza Muscat OCEC is the first of three hotels to open within the new Madinat al Irfan district.
Development of the area is fast progressing, with the five-star JW Marriott Hotel and OCEC Convention Centre set to open next year.
Once complete, the precinct will also include a business park, retail shopping areas and residential districts, surrounded by a nature reserve, and a haven for Oman’s exotic bird life, together with parklands, and a wadi park.
Peter Walichnowski, CEO of Omran, said, “Developed to align with Oman’s vision to strengthen and diversify the national economy, the OCEC project aims to accelerate the capacity, scope and potential of the tourism sector. We have over 50 upcoming global and regional events scheduled, and it is with great pride that we can now offer accommodation at the Crowne Plaza Muscat OCEC.”
Christian Kronast, GM, Crowne Plaza Muscat OCEC, said, “With a strategic location in Oman’s up-and-coming business region, we expect the majority of our guests to be joining us from the exhibition or conference centres. With this in mind, we tailored every aspect of the Crowne Plaza to the requirements and needs of the business traveller, providing a comfortable and enjoyable experience.”