Oman’s hospitality industry is on the roll, with Amanresorts likely to open its first Middle East property as per reports. The company has set its sight on a town of Shuwaimiya, located northeast of Salalah, for a one-of-its-kind eco-resort.
Kuwait’s United Real Estate Company (URC), which opened its Salalah Gardens Mall in Salalah earlier this month, is the developer of the property. Known as Junoot Eco-resort, URC is currently exploring number of ways that one can take to get to the site, which will also become part of the guests’ experience.
Renimah al Mattar, executive vice president, URC, said: “The master development will include a number of components. One will be chalets that will be sold to end users, and that includes expats. So you don’t have to be a Gulf national. And one of the hotel components that we’ve just announced will be operated by Amanresorts, and that will be the first Amanresort in the Gulf region.”
Amanresorts owns and manages 26 small luxury resorts and hotels worldwide. As quoted in Muscat Daily, Francesca von Etzdorf, media manager, Amanresorts, didn’t deny Amanresorts’ foray into Oman. She said, “While we do have many projects in the planning stages around the world, we do not, at this time, have any information available for public release.”
Tariq Mohammad Abdulsalam, URC chairman, during the Salalah Garden Malls launch had said, “We are in the process of starting a project in the coastal state of Shuwaimiya, which will attract tourists from all over the world.”
The design and development of the Junoot project has already received rave reviews and awards from leading world authorities.