Oman’s luxury hotels market will be given a significant boost as major international hotel chains open their first or new properties.
Senior representatives of Oman's Ministry of Tourism outlined details of the anticipated 2,000 new hotel rooms to open in the coming year during Arabian Travel Market. Among hotel operators entering the Sultanate for the first time are the Anantara Group who will open two five-star resorts in the mountains of Jebel Akhdar and the south of the country at Salalah; the Kempinski and Fairmont hotels near the Almouj golf course and Wave development on the waterfront in Muscat; and a refurbished Sheraton Hotel in the capital’s central business district.
In Muscat, construction is underway for the country’s first W and Westin hotel properties, near the Intercontinental Hotel. A Louis Vuitton property is also planned for the capital.
The new Al Fanar Hotel and Residences recently opened to boost hotel capacity in the popular Dhofar governate in the south of Oman, and other projects underway include the Saraya Bandar Jissah project in a secluded bay at Qantab on the outskirts of Muscat.
It is estimated that by 2020 the number of hotel rooms in the country will be more than 20,000, giving a major boost to the country’s ambitious tourism growth strategy that hopes to attract five million visitors a year by 2040 – more than double the current annual figure.