By Staff Reporter — MUSCAT: April 25 - Oman is making waves at the Arab Travel Meet in Dubai with Ministry of Tourism, the two national airlines and companies. While the ministry won an award for its communication through the social media, SalamAir won the award for ‘Upcoming Business’. Also on the sidelines, Rotana, the hotel management company, signed a management agreement with Oman’s Golden Group Holding (GGH) for a new project in Muscat.
As per the details, the agreement was signed by Nasser al Nowais, Chairman, Rotana, and Shaikh Salim bin Ahmed al Ghazali, Chairman of Golden Group Holding, in the presence of Maitha al Mahrouqi, Under-Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Dr Khalid bin Said al Jaradi, the Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to the UAE, Shaikh Salem bin Samhan al Kathiry, Manager of the Commercial Office of Sultanate of Oman in Dubai and senior executives from both Rotana and GGH.
The new hotel, Al Mouj Rayhaan by Rotana, to be located within the Al Mouj development, will feature 250 rooms, suites and apartments along with other amenities. Located in on the sea front, the property will open before 2020. Rotana and GGH had earlier had earlier in 2015 signed an agreement for the development of five new hotels in Oman.
“The agreement marks the continuation of our valued partnership with GGH,” said Al Nowais.
“As one of the fastest growing tourism and hospitality markets in the region, Oman has everything going for it — from a rich history and spectacular landscapes to an increasingly diverse mix of top-class tourist attractions. Rotana has ambitious plans for the Oman market, with no less than nine hotels set to open in the Sultanate by 2020, and we are delighted to have a company of the stature, reputation and financial strength of GGH as a key strategic partner in our efforts to transform Oman’s hospitality landscape and continue our company’s expansion in the region.” Al Ghazali, Chairman of GGH, said, “We are happy to further strengthen our strategic alliance with Rotana, and the event we are witnessing today confirms our commitment to investing in Oman’s tourism industry and to contributing actively to the plan developed by the government to increase the share of the tourism sector in the country’s GDP.”
Rotana’s plans will add over 1,600 keys to the existing inventory of 400 rooms in the Sultanate, bringing the total tally to over 2,000 rooms.
The Ministry of Tourism got the Gold Award for Middle East and North Africa in the field of social media, which was received by the Under-Secretary, ministry of tourism.
Oman is participating in the ATM to promote the latest developments in the tourism sector, including new projects that will be opened for tourists soon.
Francois Bouteiller, CEO, SalamAir, received the 3G Upcoming Business Award on behalf of the company.