The first phase of the new Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre (OCEC) opened its doors to the public on Monday, with the opening of the sixth edition of Infra Oman, as well as a jewellery exhibition.
Speaking at the exhibition, HE Ahmed Bin Mohammed bin Salim al Futaisi, the Minister of Transport and Communications, said the centre was a new addition to the list of achievements under the “Blessed Renaissance”, and also a strong support for tourism and business in the country.
“It is to be promoted for attracting more international exhibitions and conferences. The large participation in the exhibition of the construction sector reflects the continued confidence in the Sultanate’s economy,” he added.
Developed by Oman’s leading tourism developer Omran, the exhibition-cum-convention centre is located near Muscat International Airport and is a part of the Madinat Al Irfan Urban Development.
The convention centre itself can accommodate more than 10,000 people at any given time and has two-tiered auditoriums with a total seating capacity of more than 3,600. The exhibition halls spread over 22,000sqm of column-free space, and can also be divided into five separate halls.
A multi-storey parking facility is being designed to accommodate 4,000 vehicles.
Meanwhile, construction for phase II is also making progress. When finished, the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre will include a business park, retail shopping mall, hospitality suites, five-, four- and three-star hotels and apartments.
A convention auditorium and two hotels by Crowne Plaza and JW Marriott are also expected to open next year.