Thailand's Minor Hotels Group Signs Avani
Hotel in Muscat, Oman
Thailand's Minor Hotels Group has signed a management
agreement with Safari International Group for a new Avani hotel to
be developed in Muscat, Oman.
open in 2020, the 250-key Avani Muscat Hotel will be located in Seeb to the west of the city, 15 minutes’ drive from Muscat
The Avani hotel will be connected via a sky bridge to the upcoming
Al Araimi Boulevard Mall, which is currently being developed and
is scheduled to open in 2018 with over 250 retail and dining
outlets, a medical centre and a 10-screen cinema complex.
With a total development cost of USD 50 million by Safari
International Group, the new-build hotel will open in two phases.
The first phase will comprise 160 guest rooms and suites, an
all-day dining restaurant, an Avani Pantry and a rooftop lounge.
Additional facilities will include a swimming pool and health club
and a 1,000 square metre ballroom and eight meeting rooms.
second phase, which will commence two years after the main hotel
opens, will offer a total of 90 serviced apartments including
studios, one and two-bedroom apartments, plus two 175 square metre three-bedroom apartments.
Dillip Rajakarier, CEO Minor Hotels Group, said, “Bringing Avani to
Oman is a key component of our strategic expansion plans and we
are delighted to be partnering with Safari International Group to
develop this exciting new addition to Muscat’s hotel scene. Seeb
is already a key residential area in Muscat, which as the city
grows westwards will become a significant hub and we are confident
Avani will represent a great fit in this fast developing neighbourhood.”
The future launch of the brand in Oman
represents a key strategic addition to MHG’s portfolio in the
country, following the launch of the group’s luxury Anantara brand
in Oman in late 2016 with two new openings – Anantara Jabal Al
Akhdar Resort located on the Saiq Plateau in the north of the
country and Al Baleed Salalah Resort by Anantara in the Dhofar
region in the south.
Launched in 2011, Avani
Hotels & Resorts currently operates 21 properties in the Asia
Pacific region, the Middle East, Africa and Europe, with the brand
most recently debuting in both Australia and New Zealand.
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