The Muscat National Development and Investment Company (also known as ASAAS) has signed an agreement with Hilton Worldwide to open the Hilton Garden Inn Muscat - Al Khuwair, the company's first hotel in the city and second in Oman.
"The tourism sector in Oman is a key contributor to the economic growth of the country and has the potential to yield even greater returns aided by strategic investments within its supply chain," Eng. Khalid Al Yahmadi, CEO of ASAAS, said in a statement. "In 2014, Oman's total number of keys stood at 15,424. However with the government aiming to raise the sector's GDP contribution from 3 percent in 2014 to 6 percent by 2040 by attracting nine million tourists, we need to increase that number to no less than 18,000 keys."
Hilton Worldwide has operated in Oman since 1999, when it opened Hilton Salalah Resort, located in the south of the country. The 232-room Hilton Garden Inn Muscat is expected to open in early 2019.
Hilton Garden Inn has grown rapidly in the Middle East over the last 12 months, with properties now open at Dubai's Mall of the Emirates; Al Mina and Al Muraqabat - as well as in Riyadh and Tabuk in Saudi Arabia.
Source: Hotelier Middle East