Muscat: Wyndham Hotel Group on Sunday announced the signing of two new properties in Muscat, under the umbrella of two of its globally recognised brands, Ramada Encore and Ramada Hotel & Suites.
Connected by a footbridge, the three star Ramada Encore Muscat Al Ghubra and four-star Ramada Hotel and Suites Muscat Al Ghubra will be strategically situated along Sultan Qaboos Street, a short distance from Muscat International Airport, nearby shopping centres and Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Both properties are owned by the Al Khaleel Group, said a press release.
Providing accommodation options for all types of traveller, the two hotels will address both the mid and upper-midscale market. The signing of the Ramada Encore Muscat Al Ghubra marks the planned construction of 200 stylish rooms with 173 standard rooms and 27 suites, addressing the need for style and functionality for value-conscious guests. Boasting state-of-the-art business facilities and a wealth of leisure amenities including a fitness centre, roof top pool and café, all-day dining restaurant and coffee lounge, the hotel will not only be the first Ramada Encore to open in Oman, but will become the largest of its kind across the Middle East & Africa.
Immediately adjacent, the Ramada Hotel & Suites Muscat Al Ghubra will offer contemporary accommodation across 90 high-end suites and share its leisure facilities with those at the Ramada Encore. Breakout spaces and a coffee lounge measuring over 100 square metres will accompany three meeting rooms, with high speed internet access available to guests throughout the hotel. The conversion of the current residential building is due to begin in 2017, with both properties to open their doors simultaneously at the end of 2018.
“Oman’s unrivalled natural beauty spans spectacular mountains to beautiful coastal regions, attracting many types of travellers with 12 million expected in 2020. It is clear there is a demand for the international quality of accommodation that only our brands can offer. The signing of these two hotels is a real milestone for Wyndham Hotel Group as they join the existing Ramada Qurum Beach presenting even more choices to Muscat’s business and leisure visitors,” said Dan Ruff, Wyndham Hotel Group’s president and managing director for EMEA.
“I am truly honoured to partner with Wyndham Hotel Group as the world’s largest hotel group and the industry leader. This project will contribute to the social-economic development of the Sultanate and allow us to provide jobs to Omanis, which will also generate a positive impact on local businesses,” noted Sheikh Mohammed Al Khalili, Chairman of the Al Khaleel Group.
All Ramada hotels in the region participate in Wyndham Rewards, the simple-to-use loyalty programme from Wyndham Hotel Group that offers members a generous points earning structure along with a flat, free-night redemption rate in 72 countries across the world – the first of its kind for a major hotel rewards programme.