Oman’s largest private integrated tourism developer, Muriya, has kicked off construction works on a 400-key branded five-star property in Hawana Salalah – its flagship destination in Dhofar.
The project reinforcing Muriya’s position as the largest private contributor to the development of four- and five-star hotels in Oman. The developer is eager to meet the needs of the influx of European and regional tourists visiting Salalah year-round, while also creating long-term value for the tourism, real estate and leisure sectors.
Chairman, Muriya and Orascom Development Holding (ODH), Samih Sawiris remarked on the news: “We closely and continuously collaborate with the Government of Oman and our partners at OMRAN to contribute to the long-term and sustainable 2040 vision of the Sultanate for the tourism sector, which will be a major contributor to economic diversification as well as direct and indirect job creation for Omanis.
“Salalah in particular has manifested over the past six years that it possesses all the components of being an enticing and growing international tourist destination. Muriya’s investments have already reached $750 million to date in Oman, and the addition of our new five-star luxury hotel to Hawana Salalah is a clear indication of our increasing commitment and plans for further investments in the sector. Once completed, the hotel complex will make Hawana Salalah the only destination in Oman that offers five very unique hotel and lodging propositions across 1,500 luxury rooms,” he added.
Sawiris explained that Muriya delivered some 600 properties ahead of schedule in 2019 alone, across two destinations, mostly to foreign investors. He added that Hawana Salalah has become a solid platform for SMEs to start and thrive their businesses, with its expanding number of residents, retail outlets and hotel rooms.
As well as 400 deluxe rooms and suites, the new hotel will feature vast landscaped areas in keeping with the native environment, offering stunning views of the ocean and the mountains. It will cover 105,000m2 of premium beachfront land overlooking the Indian Ocean as part of a complex featuring fine dining restaurants, bars, swimming pools, a recreational fitness and leisure club, and meeting and conference facilities.
Upon completion, the new property will boost the number of hospitality offerings at the Hawana Salalah destination to four hotels and an eco-friendly lodge. The hotel’s first phase is scheduled to conclude and launch in December 2020.