Oman tourism developer appoints new CEO

Hamza Selim takes over the reins of Muriya

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Muriya, a joint venture between Orascom Development Holdings (70%), a leading developer of integrated destinations and Omran (30%), the tourism development arm of the Omani government, has appointed a new chief executive officer.

Hamza Selim takes over from precedessor Chandra Lahiri, who was in the role for around 14 months.

Selim joined Orascom in 2005. In his previous position as chief destination management officer, he was completely responsible for El Gouna, a private self-sufficient town built on 10 km of the Red Sea coastline in Egypt, established more than 20 years ago.

He said his main priority in his new job was to “bring life” to Muriya's tourism destinations in Oman and “make sure that services provided to our investors, owners, guests and visitors are satisfactory and even exceed expectations.”

Muriya is developing two signature integrated tourism complexes (ITCs) in the Sultanate, namely Jebel Sifah and Salalah Beach. So far more than $260m has been ploughed into the two resorts from its own pocket, said Selim.

As of 14 July 2013, 159 units (129 apartments and 30 villas) had been sold in Jebel Sifah with 68 (62 apartments and 6) handed over. At Salalah Beach, 159 units (138 apartments and 21 villas) had been sold with 41 (37 apartments and 4 villas) handed over.

“Our scope is to build fully-integrated destinations with world class facilities and amenities. Our aim is to be regional destinations attracting visitors from the region and globally. We want to be pioneers in boosting the tourism industry in Oman,” said Selim.

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