CW Awards 2015: Hospitality Project winner crowned
Omani development is CW Awards' Hospitality Project of the Year 2015
Atana Musandam Resort by Omran won the Hospitality Project of the Year prize at the Construction Week Awards 2015, held on Wednesday, 9 December at InterContinental – Dubai Festival City.
Atana Musandam was developed by the Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran) in Musandam. The resort caters to the growing numbers of visitors to Khasab, capturing aspects of traditional Omani architecture whilst bringing modern hospitality.
The project fulfilled its schedule obligations, including time and budget, despite facing logistical issues due to its distance from mainland Oman.
Omran completed the hotel’s soft opening within a span of 26 months.
According to one judge, the project has implemented LEED design despite being “situated in a remote location… and while maintaining local design principles”.
The team working on Atana Musandam reported three million man hours without lost time injury, and uses reverse osmosis to reduce water consumption.
The award was collected by representatives of Bunyan, an Omran subsidiary.
Talal Al-Masoudi, senior development manager at Bunyan, said: "We're very proud and overwhelmed about winning the award.
"Oman is a great tourist spot with plenty of attractions, such as natural and heritage sites, and accolades like these will help the sector grow in the country."
Muyasser Al-Kumzari, architectural engineer at Bunyan, added: "It feels very good to have won the award despite quality competition from the GCC.
"It proves that Oman can develop national and regional landmarks, and we are hoping for international recognition in the future too."
The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa, nominated by KEO International Consultants, was the highly commended project in this category.
Other shortlisted nominees included Al Khayyat Contracting & Trading’s DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Doha Old Town; DeSimone Consulting Engineers’ Emirates Pearl; Oman Accommodation Development Services’ Kempinski Hotel Staff Accommodation facility; and, Arab Engineering Bureau’s Kempinski Marsa Malaz.
An independent panel of eight judges made up of industry professionals from across the GCC and throughout the construction sector came up with the final decision in each of the 14 categories.
Construction Week Awards 2015 was supported by Platinum Sponsors FAMCO and Arcadis, Gold Sponsors Liebherr GENAVCO, Nora, ALEC and Logical Contracting, Category Sponsors Projacs, Kone, Aecom, Atkins, Soprema and Brookfield Multiplex, Official Aluminium Extruder NAPCO, Supporting Association The Chartered Institute of Building, and Social Media Sponsor, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff.