Thursday, 22 May 2014

Action on the hotel scene of Oman

We have been reading about a number of new hotels projects in Oman, as the efforts to grow tourism in the country continues.

I have been repeating myself over and over on attractions first hotels second, however I have to admit it is far easier to come up with new hotel projects than with meaningful attractions that indeed do the job. So let's just stick to the hotel landscape and have a look of what's in the pipeline at various levels.

Recent openings - please go and check them out
Alila Jebel Akhdar
  • Rotana Salala - hosted in the Salalah Beach project of Muriya
  • Atana Khasab - new skin on an existing hotel. Atana - the new brand of Omran meant to be a hotel with an Omani soul. The idea is notable, and I am interested to visit it.
  • Alila Jebel Akhdar - announced to open and opened on the 8th of May 2014. Initial feedback is positive and in spite of staffing and operational challenges of a hotel in a remote mountain location, Alila has taken the challenge, successfully so far.
Ribbon cutting phase - those on the last 100 meters before opening. Good luck!
Broke the ground - to the best of my knowledge these are the ones fro which work has already started on site or is about to start.
Kempinski The Wave Muscat
  • Kempinski The Wave Muscat - a new addition to the beach side luxury resorts of Muscat, having the advantage of a very competitive ballroom, the proximity to the airport and a state of the art marina.  
  • Anantara Jebel Akhdar - a strong competitor for Alila, concept yet to be revealed.
  • Rotana Muscat - a slick and smart business hotel by the airport next to the Golden Tulip.
Dream and design - Concept design, CGIs, models, fly through videos...all or some of the these are being produced for these new hotel projects. In this category there must be lot more the the following: W Shaati Al Qurum, Element, Fort Hotel Boucher, Intercontinental Muscat Hills, JW Marriott Muscat Convention Center, Crown Plaza Muscat Convention Center and the recently announced Jumeirah in Bandar Jissah.

These are at different levels in the  planning process. In a next post I will aim to write about those of the above that are in a bit more advanced stage of planning.

1 comment:

  1. I get a chance to visit Oman and used the services of Salalah Rotana Resort.After enjoying our sharing I have an idea of other resorts. I must check out them. Salalah Rotana Resort is an ideal option of 400 splendid room’s option, situated around the lagoon. It carry a water features and have a great artechtecture work make it so special among the visitors. This landscaped resort offers a nice dinning with the plenty of activities to the visitors.
    Have you any idea about the mystic rhode island tour?