IHG has signed an agreement with the Oman Tourism Development Company SAOC (Omran) to open the hotel and convention centre in Muscat.
The 296-room hotel will be the second Crowne Plaza hotel in the capital and the fourth Crowne Plaza hotel in Oman.
The new-build property will feature extensive meeting and event facilities with a separate function centre that will include a ballroom with terrace, a boardroom and three large meeting rooms.
The hotel will also offer five food and beverage outlets, including a rooftop restaurant. There will also be private outdoor relaxation zones with female and male Jacuzzi pools, 150 m2 fitness zone, two pools and a children’s playground.
The new property is a part of Omran’s Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre (OCEC) development which is due for completion in 2016.
Located 10 minutes from Muscat International Airport, the mixed-use, purpose-built precinct will feature a state-of-the-art exhibition centre with 22,000m² of exhibition space.
The OCEC overlooks a Wadi (a natural waterway) and extensive parklands, and will also include a shopping centre and business park.
H.E. Nasser bin Khamis Al Jashmi, chairman of Omran, said: "[This] marks a pivotal milestone in the development of the much anticipated OCEC as we sign with the first hotel operator to handle one of a series of planned hotels to complement this mega project.
"By formalizing this agreement with our preferred and trusted partner IHG to operate the five-star facility, we are taking another step forward to establish the Sultanate as a favoured destination for the regional and global meetings and exhibitions industry."
Pascal Gauvin, chief operating officer for India, Middle East and Africa for IHG, said: "Omran’s Convention and Exhibition Centre is set to put Muscat on the MICE industry map. The alignment of the Crowne Plaza brand to the project makes perfect business sense for us - and for our guests, who will be able to utilise OCEC’s world class facilities at their doorstep. We are delighted to continue to be a part of the Capital’s exciting expansion plans."
IHG has four more properties in the pipeline for the cities of Muscat, Salalah, Sohar and Duqm.