280-room economy hotel to come up in Madinat al Irfan

May 8- Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran) has announced the signing of a management agreement with AccorHotels to open the first ibis Styles in Oman.

The 280-room economy ibis Styles Muscat will be located within the new Oman Convention & Exhibition Center (OCEC) master development in Madinat al Irfan. Ibis Styles Muscat will be the first internationally branded economy hotel in the OCEC master development, strengthening AccorHotels’ presence in the Sultanate of Oman. The hotel aims to open in 2020.

Ibis Styles Muscat will be strategically located adjacent to the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre, a 5-minute drive away from new Muscat International Airport, providing proximity and connectivity to the city’s key leisure and business districts.

The hotel will comprise of 280 standard rooms with design and amenities that reflect the spirit of ibis Styles. Guests will be able to enjoy a signature ibis Styles all-inclusive breakfast package at the all-day dining restaurant while savoring snacks and refreshments at the Sports bar. Guests looking to focus on wellness will have access to gym and swimming pool facilities.

AccorHotels has eight hotels under operation and in the pipeline in the Sultanate. The committed network (operational and pipeline) in the Middle East and Africa is over 300 hotels, representing 80,000 rooms across 30 countries in the region.

Olivier Granet, CEO, AccorHotels Middle East and Africa (MEA), said, “As one of our most dynamic economy brands within our global portfolio, I am excited to announce that ibis Styles Muscat will be the first of its kind in Oman. What makes this so remarkable and relevant is that ibis Styles Muscat will be a perfect complement to the new state-of-the-art Oman Convention & Exhibition Center (OCEC), with its value positioning, eclectic design and genuine hospitality, which will appeal to a wide range of clientele and will further widen the MICE market in this destination. He further added: “Our new partnership with OMRAN will also allow us to further explore growth opportunities and to contribute towards the development of the travel and tourism sector in the country.”

Peter Walichnowski, CEO of OMRAN, said: “This partnership with AccorHotels to introduce ibis Styles to the Sultanate of Oman remains in line with our wider strategy to grow and fully develop the tourism and travel sector in the country. The Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre is positioning Muscat as a leading business tourism destination in the Middle East, opening the doors to travelers who have not had Muscat on their destination list before.”