In what is great news for the Sultanate, the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre (OCEC) is set to take over as the nation’s first major venue for regional and international events, with phase one of the project being inaugurated on August 15.
The exhibition centre will feature a 22,396-square-metre exhibition hall with 10 hospitality suites and a 12,000sqm outdoor exhibition space.
“The centrepiece of the Phase 1 is the exhibition hall that can be divided into five separate halls,” Trevor McCartney, general manager of the OCEC, was quoted as saying by local press.
With a fully dedicated production kitchen, Hall One can also be used for a range of prestigious events such as conferences, exhibitions, banquets, graduations and weddings.
The 10 hospitality suites, which can seat up to 196 delegates in theatre style, can also be used for corporate gatherings and board meetings.
It will be situated at the third level of the exhibition centre.
Phase two of the OCEC will feature a lyric-style theatre with a capacity for 3,200 visitors. Set over three levels, it will include an advanced projection and sound system, and rigging capabilities. According to McCartney, the theatre can also scale down to accommodate 1,000 guests by using the lower tiers.
Phase two will also be home to the Grand and Junior Ballrooms. The former is expected to accommodate 2,688 delegates in theatre style, 1,680 people in classroom style or serve 1,200 guests in a banquet setting.
Phase two of the convention centre is scheduled to be finished in December 2017.