Muscat | 2nd May 2015:Construction of the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre (OCEC), located within the Hay Al Irfanprecinct andcurrently underdevelopmentby the Oman Tourism Development Company SAOC (Omran),is movingrapidly. The progress was witnessed firsthand by His Excellency Dr. Ali bin Masood Al Sunaidy, Chairman of Omran, Mr. Usama bin Ali AlKhalili Omran Board Member and Eng. Wael Al Lawati, Omran Group CEO during an official site visit.
The OCEC Exhibition Halls, Energy Centre and multi-storey car park, known as Package Two of the development, are nearing completion and scheduled for soft opening in Q1 2016. Meanwhile, construction has also commenced on the highly anticipated Package Three, which will add one convention hall, one auditorium, two ballrooms, a food court, meeting rooms and administrative areas to the development. In February 2015, Omran awarded the tender for Package Three to a joint venture between ShapoorjiPallonji Mideast LLC and Oman Shapoorji Company LLC, valued at RO 85 million.
During the course of the site visit, the group reviewed all packages in progress, including Package Sevenwhich includes theCrowne Plaza Hotel, and Package Four comprising the Marriott Hotel. Once completed, the two hotels will deliver 600 rooms out of a total of 1,000 hotel rooms planned for the entire OCEC development. Commenting on the construction progress during the visit,His Excellency Dr. Ali bin Masood Al Sunaidy noted, “Today we have witnessed the commendable progress of the OCEC development. 50 percent of the construction work in Package Two has already been completed, and we wait with anticipation for the opening in early next year. It is also deeply pleasing to see construction of Package Three underway, facilities that will bring the project to life through the addition of Convention Hall and the Auditorium, all designed for state of the art quality and energy efficiency.”
He added, “OCEC plays a key role in the Government’s vision for the diversification of the national economy and stands as the centrepiece of Oman’s business development programme. The development will position the Sultanate as a major venue for regional and international events and in doing so, will increase Oman’s business tourism offerings and strengthen the sector at large.” His Excellency Dr. Ali bin Masood AlSunaidy also praised the project’s safety record and recent achievement of 10 million man-hours without Lost Time Injury (LTI). “The health and safety of our staff and workers is, as always, our top priority. Each day, over 4,000 staff and labourerswork tirelessly to complete this project on schedule. It is our duty to ensure their wellbeing, and the achievement of 10 million man-hours without LTI is evidence of our commitment to health and safety.”
Omran CEO, Eng. Wael Al Lawati noted, “OCEC will not only serve to boost Oman’s image and accessibility as a tourist destination, but will also generate a significant economic stimulus and ongoing revenue and in doing so, contribute to the further diversification of the national economy. OCEC is expected to generate over RO 295 million in local spending during the development phases, and will create thousands of direct and indirect employment opportunities forcitizens.” “As with all Omran projects, the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre has been designed according to the highest standards of environmental sustainability. All buildings within the development have been designed to meetthe stringent Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)certification standards for green building. Further, the development alsoadheres to Omran’s Local Development Investment (LDI) policy, established to ensure that the Company’s procurement and supply-chain processes all favor local businesses and suppliers.”