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Phase 2 of Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre on track for 2018

by Nikhil Pereira on Jul 13, 2017

The Convention Hall is ahead of schedule.
The Convention Hall is ahead of schedule.

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The fully integrated Oman Exhibition & Convention Centre (OCEC) is on course for its Phase 2 completion.

It’s developers, Omran, says the convention center completion delivery is at an advanced stage with all the structural, civil and MEP works nearing completion, with the focus now shifting to the finishing and fit out works.

The announcement comes following a site visit by HE Dr Ali bin Masoud Al Sunaidi, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Chairman of Board of Directors; Omran CEO Peter Walichnowski and OCEC chief project officer Eng. Said Al Qasmi.

Phase one of the purpose-built exhibition centre opened its doors to visitors in October 2016.

Since, the OCEC has hosted over 55 regional and international events, and has recently won the bid to host the upcoming World Cancer Congress in 2020 warding off competition from other bidders.

Phase two of the project is the ionic convention centre itself which includes the multi-purpose built-in auditorium with a capacity of 3,200 which is planned to be operational by June 2018.

The banquet building will have two large ballrooms, a theater of 450 seats, a series of meeting rooms and the central food-court are currently at the final finishing stage.

“The OCEC was designed specifically to increase the MICE sector offering in the Middle East. By developing integrated conference and event spaces, we aim to provide a new and exciting option for business travellers – putting Oman on the map as a global MICE destination.

"At Omran, one of our main aims is to improve the socio-economic development of the Sultanate by building innovative projects, such as the OCEC precinct, which drive the growth of the tourism sector as well as engage with the local community,” commented Eng. Al Qasmi.

The mixed-use development is located four kilometres from Muscat International Airport.