The OCEC has expanded its business development, technical, finance and food and beverage teams, with appointments including Troy Reynolds as head of event operations and Sheikha Al Mugheiry as international business development manager.
OCEC general manager Trevor McCartney said that as it approached its grand opening in early 2016, the Centre’s priority would be to grow awareness and interest in Oman as a serious contender for hosting large scale conventions and exhibitions.
"A key part of that strategy will be recruiting staff with expertise in specific areas as well as nurturing and developing the local talent pool," he said.
The Centre will feature two tiered auditoria to seat 3,200 and 450 while the exhibition halls will feature 22,000sqm of column-free exhibition space. Hall 1 will have a superior fit out, specialised acoustic treatment, advanced lighting and rigging requirements to act as a multi-purpose space for plenary sessions, concerts, performances, gala events on a larger scale. Halls 1 and 2 combined will seat up to 10,000 seated, theatre-style.
The Centre will also include an additional 13 meeting rooms for 80-300 delegates, two ballrooms to seat up to 2,360, 10 hospitality suites and a VIP Pavilion.