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Muscat to welcome new luxurious AVANI hotel in 2020

Oman's elegant and blossoming capital will soon boast one of the most lavish hotel properties in the country. Upscale brand, AVANI Hotels & Resorts will be the one operating this new construction which will be situated in the residential area of Seeb and connect to the Al Araimi Boulevard Mall via sky bridge.

Muscat to welcome new luxurious AVANI hotel in 2020

Renowned in the hospitality and travel industries for their great taste in modern design and utmost attention to comfort and luxury, AVANI Hotels & Resorts is excited to announce a new project in the up-and-coming Middle Eastern city of Muscat. The new construction will add to the elegance and refinement the Oman’s capital is recognised for and should be ready to receive the public by 2020.

Oman-based Safari International Group paired up with Thailand-based hotel owner, operator and investor Minor Hotels for the construction of the 250-room hotel. Minor Hotels already boasts two properties in Oman, which opened in late 2016 under luxury brand Anantara: Anantara Jabal Al Akhdar Resort on the Saiq Plateau in the north, and Al Baleed Salalah Resort by Anantara in the Dhofar region in the south. Once it is complete, the new Muscat property will operate under the upscale AVANI brand.

Ramzy Fenianos, vice president for development in EMEA of Minor Hotels declared his enthusiasm about the partnership:

"We are pleased to be partnering with Safari International Group on the new AVANI Muscat Hotel as they already have experience in the hospitality sector in Oman, specifically in Muscat where they own and have operated another property since 2012. We will be able to leverage on the group’s existing market knowledge and expertise."

Dillip Rajakarier, chief executive officer of Minor Hotels also spoke of the collaboration and the company’s hopes for a prosperous future in the Seeb district:

“We are delighted to be partnering with Safari International Group to develop this exciting new addition to Muscat’s hotel scene. Seeb will become a significant hub as Muscat grows westwards. We are confident AVANI will represent a great fit in this fast developing neighbourhood.”

The AVANI Muscat hotel will be located in Seeb, a residential area still under development, located only a 15-minute drive from Muscat International Airport. With a total cost of US$50 million, the property will comprise two phases. The first phase will be the main hotel, boasting 160 guest rooms and suites, an all-day dining restaurant, an AVANI Pantry, a 1,000 square metre ballroom, eight meeting rooms, a rooftop lounge, a swimming pool and health club. The second phase will open two years later to offer a total of 90 serviced apartments, ranging from studios and one-bedroom apartments to two-bedroom units, plus two 175 square metre three-bedroom apartments.

Finally, Ismail Al-Tubi, owner of Safari International Group explained:

“The Sultanate of Oman is witnessing a major growth in the tourism sector. Located in a lively commercial area, the new AVANI will be the gateway to the vital tourism and entertainment sectors that the country needs, especially with the opening of the new Muscat International Airport, which is expected to receive more than 12 million passengers a year.”

In addition to its lavish interiors, the property will be connected to another new establishment that is currently under construction, the Al Araimi Boulevard Mall. The vast shopping centre is set to open in 2018 with more than 250 retail and dining outlets, a medical centre and a 10-screen cinema complex and will be linked to the new hotel via sky bridge.

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