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Oman's Cyclone Mekunu-hit Salalah Beach Resort hotel reopens

One company called the storm one of "the worst cyclones in the recent history" that caused significant damage to Oman's infrastructure

Cyclone Mekunu caused extensive damage to Oman's infrastructure.
Cyclone Mekunu caused extensive damage to Oman's infrastructure.

The Hilton Salalah Resort has reopened following a three-week closure for repairs after it was damaged by a storm that battered Oman.

The four-star resort in the south of Oman opened its doors to guests on 14 June, following extensive repairs to the luxury hotel's exterior, which was damaged by Cylone Mekunu.

Cylone Mekunu brought heavy rain and strong winds to Oman in May, causing extensive damage to roads and public infrastructure, and forcing some companies to temporarily halt operations due to the extent of the destruction.

Hilton Salalah Resort was forced to close its doors to customers on 24 May.

Without providing extensive details, the hotel said in an update on the Muscat Securities Market (MSM) that it had been hit by "various damages".

READ: Oman builds emergency road to cope with Cyclone Mekunu damage

At the time of the closure of the luxury resort, the hotel said its management team was "confident" that the repair costs and any loss of profit resulting from the three-week closure would be covered by its insurers.

Raysut Cement was another company forced to temporarily cease operations due to the cyclone.

The cement manufacturer was forced pause production for up to 10 days after the tropical storm damaged its property, and waterlogged its production lines and stock yard.

Salalah Port also said it was "severally affected" by one of "the worst cyclones in the recent history", which forced the company to declare force majeure, which means it may be unable to fulfill its contracts.

Up to two metres of water entered the port, submerging the majority of its equipment and infrastructure. The site will require "significant refurbishment and repairs", the company said on MSM earlier this month.

Due to extensive damage in the south of Oman, the government mobilised engineers from the Ministry of Defence, who were tasked with rebuilding broken infrastructure. 

One team had to build an emergency road to a bridge in Al Mughsail.

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