Minor Hotels has signed a management agreement with Safari International Group for a new Avani hotel to be developed in Muscat, the Oman capital.
Scheduled to open in 2020, the 250-key Avani Muscat Hotel will be located in Seeb to the west of the city, 15 minutes’ drive from Muscat International Airport.
Seeb is a prime residential area in Muscat and a key area for future development as the city grows westwards.
The Avani hotel will be connected via a sky bridge to the upcoming Al Araimi Boulevard Mall, which is currently being developed and is scheduled to open in 2018 with over 250 retail and dining outlets, a medical centre and a ten-screen cinema complex.
With a total development cost of US$50 million by Safari International Group, the new-build hotel will open in two phases.
The first phase will comprise 160 guest rooms and suites, an all-day dining restaurant, an Avani Pantry and a rooftop lounge.
Additional facilities will include a swimming pool and health club and a 1,000-square metre ballroom and eight meeting rooms.
The second phase, which will commence two years after the main hotel opens, will offer a total of 90 serviced apartments including studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments, plus two 175 square metre three-bedroom apartments.
The future launch of the brand in Oman represents a key strategic addition to Minor Hotels’ portfolio in the country, following the launch of the group’s luxury Anantara brand in Oman in late 2016 with two new openings - Anantara Jabal Al Akhdar Resort located on the Saiq Plateau in the north of the country and Al Baleed Salalah Resort by Anantara in the Dhofar region in the south.
Dillip Rajakarier, chief executive, Minor Hotels, commented: “Bringing Avani to Oman is a key component of our strategic expansion plans and we are delighted to be partnering with Safari International Group to develop this exciting new addition to Muscat’s hotel scene.
“Seeb is already a key residential area in Muscat, which as the city grows westwards will become a significant hub and we are confident Avani will represent a great fit in this fast-developing neighbourhood.”