Previous concerns of limited meeting facilities are all behind Oman now, as the Oman Convention Centre opens to all and is now ready for large-scale conferences and events.
The first phase of the Convention Centre was officially launched in September last year, while the second phase is set to open by December 2017.
Overlooking a wadi that hosts Oman’s exotic bird life, the centre has instantly become a stunning eco-landmark of the country. Not only is the establishment surrounded with natural views and equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, it will also be among the first to be built according to the rigorous LEED certification standards of the US Green Building Council.
Some of its features include:
- A lyric-style theatre that seats 3,200 and is set over three levels
- A 456-seat tiered auditorium and 19 meeting rooms conveniently accessible from the theatre and the grand ballroom
- A grand ballroom that offers a number of seating options (2,688 in theatre-style, 1,680 in a classroom-style, and 1,200 seats for a banquet set-up; it can also be divided into three or six individual meeting rooms)
- A junior ballroom that can be split into two equal spaces to seat up to 1,026 in theatre-style, 672 in a classroom-style, and 540 in a banquet setting
- An exhibition hall that provides up to 22,000 square metres in space, and can be divided into five separate halls
- Four luxury hotels are also being built within the vicinity, and these include the five-star JW Marriott and the four-star Crowne Plaza. Both are expected to open this year.
The Oman Convention Centre would certainly be part of our suggestions for any meetings planner looking for a venue that is new, different, dynamic and something more than a hotel ballroom.
With its state-of-the-art equipment and infrastructure, we would also not have to do too much in terms of AV production, resulting in lowered programme budgets whilst keeping service levels at a high.