MS Veronica, dubbed the Duqm Floating Hotel, wrapped up operations at the end of a roughly 18-month stint as the Sultanate’s first ‘floatel’, as reported by Oman Daily Observer.
The passenger ship, owned and operated by Daewoo Shipping and Marine Engineering (DSME) Oman LLC doubled for a while as Duqm’s only deluxe hotel. That distinction ended when the Crowne Plaza Duqm, a five-star property owned by Omran, opened earlier this year.
Just prior to its launch, the one-star budget property, The City Hotel, also commenced operations in Duqm, as did a string of small unrated motels. Berthed alongside ODC’s quay, the vessel played a key role in providing visiting business investors, officials, and executive crews of ships calling for repairs at the yard, with relatively upscale accommodation for want of suitable hotel accommodation on shore.