Douglas OHI wins $5m contract for Crowne Plaza Muscat renovation

Project works will begin on 15 May, 2018, and are expected to cost approximately $9m, it has been revealed

The Crowne Plaza Muscat hotel will be renovated by Douglas OHI [representational image:].
The Crowne Plaza Muscat hotel will be renovated by Douglas OHI [representational image:].

Douglas OHI has been awarded a $5.3m (OMR2.05m) contract to renovate the Crowne Plaza Muscat hotel.

The renovation programme includes the hotel’s porte-cochère, lobby, entrance area, reception area, main restaurant, and swimming pool.

Project works will begin on 15 May, 2018, and are due for completion by 31 August, 2018.

The hotel will be closed for three months to facilitate main construction works.

READ: Oman's Gulf Hotels to start renovation programme in 2018

Renovation costs related to equipment and furniture are expected to total $3.8m (OMR1.45m).

Gulf Hotels, the owner and operator of Crowne Plaza Muscat, said the renovation programme’s project works – including the furniture and equipment costs listed above – are estimated to cost $9.1m (OMR3.5m).

Of the total requirement, $6.5m (OMR2.5m) will be funded through a term loan, while $2.6m (OMR1m) will be sourced through Gulf Hotels’ internal accruals and surplus funds.

In a missive issued to the Muscat bourse in October 2017, Gulf Hotels commented on its plan to renovate the hotel: "In view of the proposed closure of the hotel, the total revenue and the profitability of the company would be impacted in the year 2018.

READ: Douglas OHI wins CSR honours at CW Oman Awards 2018 

"However the hotel would benefit from the renovation in the long term."  

Douglas OHI picked up top honours for corporate social responsibility (CSR) at the Construction Week Oman Awards 2018, held in Muscat last week. 

The company was recognised for benefiting 15,000 residents in one of Muscat’s oldest villages through its Ghala Village Revitalisation initiative.

The Sports Fest organised by Douglas OHI to involve employees and raise funds for the project was also commended by the jury.

Commenting on the award, general manager of Douglas OHI, Aaron Hennessy, said: "We are a local contractor – we have been [in Oman]  since 1981.

"The project we chose to [focus on] was about giving back, and we are planning similar initiatives for this year, as well." 

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