Muscat / EMIRATES BUSINESS
Muscat National Development and Investment Company (ASAAS) unveiled its second mega-project this year announcing its plans to build a four-star hotel and an Urban Park, managed and operated by Hilton Worldwide under the brand Hilton Garden Inn.
The project, a result of an agreement with Muscat Municipality will come up in a 16,000sq m plot in Al Khuwayr. The ground-breaking ceremony was held in February. The hotel plans to welcome its first guests in the first quarter of 2019.
ASAAS sealed the management agreement with Hilton Worldwide at ITB Berlin, in the presence of H E Ahmed bin Nasser bin Hamad al Mehrzi, Minister of Tourism, H E Khalid bin Sulaiman Ba Omar, Ambassador of Oman to Germany and Paul Gregorowitsch, CEO, Oman Air. ASAAS was represented by its CEO, Eng Khalid al Yahmadi while Simon Vincent, president Europe, Middle East and North Africa represented Hilton Worldwide.
With the leading global hospitality company at the helm, the 232-room hotel is expected to bring economic and social benefits to the community. Located on Dohat al Adab Street, the seven-storeyed Hilton Garden Inn Muscat will be an architectural landmark. The hotel will feature meeting spaces and a 24 hour business centre.
ASAAS appointed AEDAS, one of the worldâ€™s top five leading global architecture and design firms, has conceptualised the hotel and urban park. Just outside the hotel arrival plaza will be the Urban Park.
Spanning 12,000sq m, it will include a variety of sports, entertainment and natural venues such as a square and water plaza, secret gardens, a childrenâ€™s playground, and a wellness area for jogging and cycling. It will also have a second food and beverage pavilion which will be open to public. Drawing inspiration from Omanâ€™s ancient heritage and natural beauty, the dynamic landscape will have a falaj, ponds and water fountains. At the signing ceremony, Eng Yahmadi said, â€œThe tourism sector in Oman is a key contributor to the economic growth of the country and has the potential to yield even greater returns aided by strategic investments within its supply chain. Our aim is to establish a long-term partnership with Muscat Municipality, achieve profitable results, and serve the community.â€