Luxury Resort Due to Open in Oman by End of 2013

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Good news for the Middle East's luxury scene: Hotelier Middle East is reporting that a new luxury hilltop resort is set to open in Oman by the end of the year.

Even better, we hear the project is ahead of schedule. Omran, the sultanate's tourism-related development, hospitality management and investment company, said the 2,000 meter-high Alila Jabal Akhdar Resort project is currently eight percent ahead of schedule. (Alila Hotels and Resorts have been selected to be the strategic partners for Omran.)

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Set among a rugged landscape with views of the Hajar Mountains, the luxury resort and spa development will have 86 suites and spa facilities, alongside a cliff-side restaurant and pool. The majority of raw materials for the project are being sourced directly from local suppliers wherever possible.

This development seems rather timely, as reports indicate that Oman's hotel sector is set to grow by more than 60 percent if all 4,613 rooms in the country’s total active pipeline open. STR Global said the sultanate was poised to grow the most in the Middle East and Africa (63.9 percent), with five other countries in the region set to expand by more than 30 percent.


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