Oman to get first Sharia five-star hotel

Project to cost $72.7m and due for completion by end of 2014

The Muscat Grand Millennium Hotel will have a sky bridge connected to the Muscat Grand Mall.
The Muscat Grand Millennium Hotel will have a sky bridge connected to the Muscat Grand Mall.

The first Sharia-compliant five-star hotel will be built in Oman following the signing of a deal between Shaza Muscat Co and Millennium & Copthorne Hotels for the property’s management and operation.

Muscat Grand Millennium Hotel is attracting an investment of $72.7m (OMR 28m), with the 56,162m² project scheduled for completion by the end of 2014.

Shaza Muscat’s chairman Eng Khamis Mubarak al Kiyumi said: “Muscat continues to grow as an attractive tourist destination in the region, and the way forward is to cater to this burgeoning market by offering a full lifestyle and retail experience that meets not only regional, but also global expectations. We have announced our agreement with one of the top names in hospitality in the region, Millennium & Copthorne Hotels, and we are confident that the hotel will evolve into one of the most visited and highly acclaimed five-star destinations in the sultanate.”

Ali Hamad Lakhraim Alzaabi, president and CEO of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels, Middle East and Africa, added: “Our property in Oman, the Millennium Resort Mussanah, has been increasing in popularity owing to the standards of service and widespread amenities available to clients. It is our area of expertise to create premier hospitality segments and with the signing of this agreement we are certain of creating a similar atmosphere for those looking for a five star experience in Muscat.”

The hotel will offer over 324 rooms and suites incorporating a mixture of Arabic and global design, while a 1250m² ballroom with a capacity for 600 to 1,000 guests is to be constructed alongside a large pre-function room, VIP rooms and majlis.

The project will also see eight dedicated boardrooms and meeting rooms for corporate events built, as well as two full size swimming pools.

A sky bridge from the Muscat Grand Mall will be connected to the hotel to allow visitors easy access to the retail outlet.

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