Muriya continues to position oman as the up-and-coming sports tourism destination

Hawana Salalah hosts final stage of the EFG Sailing Arabia The Tour from 14-16 of February

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Muscat – Top-class sportspeople from the world of sailing and cycling are converging on Oman in general and Muriya’s Hawana Salalah and Jebel Sifah destinations to take part in two of the most prestigious events on the global sporting calendar. Competitors from both EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour and the Tour of Oman are attracting sports fans from around the world. Hawana Salalah and Jebel Sifah are prime tourist hotspots featuring 1,150 rooms, marinas, a wealth of restaurants and stylish boutiques. These year-round destinations are also low-density developments offering residents and visitors alike a healthy and active lifestyle.  

Ahmed Dabbous, Chief Executive Officer at Muriya said, “We welcome all the athletes and sports fans to these two major global sporting spectacles. Jebel Sifah is earning a reputation for hosting some of the region’s most prestigious sporting tournaments such as the Spartan Race, while Hawana Salalah continues to generate interest from local, regional and international tourists arriving to the Governorate of Dhofar. Hosting such acclaimed events shows our commitment to Oman’s economic growth in sectors ranging from hospitality to real estate and sports tourism. We are working hand in hand with the government to promote these activities.”

Over the course of the EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour, which kicked off on 2 February, ten international teams are soaking in the stunning sights of Oman, while sailing along its shoreline. The sailors’ skills are being tested to the limit as they take to the waters, navigating the Sultanate’s rugged coastline. Crew members are visiting some of the country’s coastal gems including Duqm, Salalah and Bandar Khayran, while experiencing the authentic local culture and hospitality. Hawana Marina is hosting the final stage of the race between 14 and 16 February, with its world-class facilities and boating amenities it is the ideal platform to hold such an event.

Hot on the heels of The Tour, and for the third consecutive year, Jebel Sifah is hosting Stage 4 of the Tour of Oman, the annual professional road bicycle racing stage race held in Oman since 2010 as part of the International Cycling Union (UCI) Asia Tour. On 19 February, riders will face the daunting 131- kilometre route. The race will kick off from the Sifawy Boutique Hotel, and the destination is opening its doors to Muscat residents to join the spectators, the world over, in cheering on the competitors starting at 8am.

Located in the ancient Governorate of Dhofar and stretching over seven kilometres of white Indian Ocean coastline, Hawana Salalah is Oman’s largest tourism destination. Home to luxurious rooms, unique dining, and a multinational community, the destination epitomises exceptional every day, making it the perfect getaway to set sail on daily new adventures, and immerse oneself in the serenity of nature. The largest and most diversified Integrated Tourism Complex in Oman, the destinations uniqueness stems from combining its modern architecture with traditional Arabic elements to create an exceptional contemporary style.

Developed by Muriya, Jebel Sifah has been crafted as a contemporary expression of Oman’s rich heritage and vibrant culture, reflecting the stunning local surroundings. At the heart of Jebel Sifah is the picturesque Marina, home to the four-star 67-room Sifawy Boutique Hotel. Jebel Sifah is also home to a state-of-the-art marina and a 9-hole Harradine Golf Course managed by experts Troon International.


About Muriya

Combining global and local expertise, Muriya is a partnership between the internationally acclaimed developer of fully-integrated towns, Orascom Development Holding (ODH) (70%) and the leading government arm for tourism development in Oman, Oman Tourism Development Company (OMRAN) (30%). Established in 2006, Muriya has been leading a solid business performance boasting investments worth over $650 million in developing Oman’s most iconic Integrated Tourism Complexes (ITCs), while highlighting the Sultanate’s history, heritage and natural beauty in the process. ‘Developing the Future Together’ is Muriya’s priority across its portfolio of projects that includes, Hawana Salalah, Jebel Sifah, As Sodah Island and City Walk.

Muriya’s flagship destination Hawana Salalah is located in the tropical city of Salalah in the Governorate of Dhofar southeast of Oman, with an area of 13.6 million sqm and will house a total of seven hotels, of which the 577 room Fanar Hotel & Residences, the 422 room Salalah Rotana Resort, the 87 room Juweira Boutique Hotel and the 19-beachfront hut, Souly Lodge are operational, totalling the available luxury hotel rooms to 1,100. The destination is home to Oman’s first aqua park, the Hawana Aqua Park, a 170-berth marina, freehold residences, which are available to own or rent, and retail venues, restaurants and cafes.

Jebel Sifah, located 40 minutes from the capital city of Muscat, is spread over 6.2 million sqm and is designed to include five world-class hotels, of which the 67-room Sifawy Boutique Hotel is operational. It also houses freehold residences, which are available to own or rent, an 84-berth marina, and a wide range of dining and leisure facilities, and the 9-hole PGA Harradine signature golf course that is managed by Troon International, Muscat’s first course offering spectacular sea and mountain views to golfers.

Muriya’s third project, As Sodah Island, is located in the Indian Ocean across the southern coast of Dhofar. The company’s fourth development, City Walk, is located in the heart of Muscat. It is a 47,500 square metre vibrant central beachfront commercial complex with a 5-star hotel, exclusive retail area, restaurants, cafés and a dedicated multiplex cinema.

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