Omran to start on third phase of convention centre

Government-owned developer also sets up project management office to handle new developments

A model of the proposed convention centre building
A model of the proposed convention centre building

Omran, the government-owned developer of tourism projecs in Oman, has approved a plan to start on phase three of the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre project, which involves construction of a circular convention centre building, an auditorium, a theatre and conference rooms.

The company's board gave the green flag to assign works packages for the project to contractors, and were updated on the progress of construction contracts for both the four star Crowne Plaza (package seven) and five-star Marriott (package four) Hotels set to be built on the site as part of phase one - both of which are due to get underway this year.

In a statement on its website, Omran said board members also stressed "the importance of adhering to the agreed deadlines for each construction phase", and the importance of hitting deadlines for phase one, which is due to complete in 2017.

Package two of the project, involving construction of the exhibition centre, car parks and a district energy centre, is currently being completed by Carillian Alawim with Bahwan Engineering carrying out MEP work.

The board also announced a plan to build Omran's third five-star hotel, a W Muscat, in the Shatti Al Qurum area and the proposed new Hay Al Urfan downtown district - the masterplan for which is being designed by UK-based architecture firm Allies & Morrison after an international competition.



Finally, the firm also revealed a restructuring plan, which will see three separate units set up.

One of these, Oman Project Management & Development Company, will be given direct responsibilty for handling the development side of its work, while the National Omani Hospitality Company will manage built hotels, and the Oman Heritage Development Company will be responsible for developing and managing heritage projects.

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