- Oman’s largest integrated tourism complex Hawana Salalah continues to attract more tourists to the Sultanate
- 400 rooms to be added to destination, totalling Hawana Salalah hotel capacity to 1,500 key
- New 5-star hotel to create 400 direct jobs and thousands indirect jobs in the Governorate of Dhofar
- Phase I of new hotel scheduled to open December 2020
Salalah – Delivering on its strategy of contributing to the growth of Oman’s tourism sector and elevating its position as a world-class tourist destination, Muriya, the Sultanate’s largest private integrated tourism developer inaugurates construction of a new 400-key branded 5-star hotel in Hawana Salalah, its flagship destination in the Governorate of Dhofar. With the completion of this milestone and the first phase of the hotel opening in December 2020, Muriya once again reiterates its position as the largest private contributor to the development of four and five-star hotels in Oman. The company is continuing with its strategy to meet the growing influx of European and regional tourists visiting Salalah year-round, and create long-term value for the tourism, real estate and leisure sectors.
Samih Sawiris, Chairman of Muriya and of Orascom Development Holding (ODH) AG said, “We closely and continuously collaborate with the Government of Oman and our partners at OMRAN to contribute to the long-term and sustainable 2040 vision of the Sultanate for the tourism sector, which will be a major contributor to economic diversification as well as direct and indirect job creation for Omanis. Salalah in particular has manifested over the past six years that it possesses all the components of being an enticing and growing international tourist destination. Muriya’s investments have already reached $750 million to date in Oman, and the addition of our new 5-star luxury hotel to Hawana Salalah is a clear indication of our increasing commitment and plans for further investments in the sector. Once completed, the hotel complex will make Hawana Salalah the only destination in Oman that offers five very unique hotel and lodging propositions across 1,500 luxury rooms.”
Samih Sawiris added, “The tourism sector is primarily an engine for economic growth and job creation, and Muriya has continuously spearheaded such growth, tying in hotel development into the already existing multitude of facilities within its destinations, including real estate offerings. We have also been attracting Foreign Direct Investment into the Sultanate, where many of our hotel guests are increasingly investing in freehold properties. Muriya has succeeded in 2019 alone to deliver some 600 properties ahead of schedule across two destinations mostly to foreign investors. Equally important, Hawana Salalah has become a solid platform for SMEs to start and thrive their businesses, with its expanding number of residents, retail outlets and hotel rooms.”
The new hotel will offer 400 deluxe guestrooms and suites with state-of-the-art architecture and interior designs; incorporating multiple themes throughout the property. The surrounding areas will feature vast landscaped areas in keeping with the native environment, offering spectacular views of the ocean and the mountains. The property will cover 105,000 sqm of premium beachfront land overlooking the Indian Ocean as part of a complex featuring fine dining restaurants, bars, swimming pools, a recreational fitness and leisure club, meeting and conference facilities.
Upon completion, the new hotel will increase the number of hospitality offerings at the Hawana Salalah destination to four hotels and an eco-friendly lodge, adding even greater variety to Oman’s largest integrated tourism complex. The property will become the central focus for a new coconut-fringed beachfront neighbourhood within the destination, located a short distance from the bustling Hawana Marina, existing shops, restaurants and cafes, and the popular Hawana Aqua Park.
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 $750 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 and As Sodah Island, located in the Indian Ocean across the southern coast of Dhofar.
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.
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