Mövenpick Hotel and Apartments Al Azaiba Muscat. Mövenpick Hotel and Apartments Al Azaiba Muscat.

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts inked an agreement with the Civil Service Employees Pension Fund to operate its first property in Oman’s - Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Al Azaiba Muscat.

Part of a design-led upscale mixed-used development, the property will be located in Muscat’s commercial hub, the Ghala District, adjacent to the Sultan Qaboos Highway and close to the new international airport and Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Al Azaiba Muscat will feature 274 guest rooms and suites and 50 serviced apartments.

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Facilities will include six food and beverage outlets, a rooftop restaurant, swimming pool, meeting and event space, a ballroom, a rooftop gym with spa, executive lounge and a residents’ lounge.

“This new property will be a welcome addition to our already extensive portfolio of hotels in the Middle East,” said Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, Middle East and Africa chief operating officer Andreas Mattmüller.

“With Muscat undergoing rapid development and significant funds being invested into major tourism infrastructure projects, the time is right to put the Mövenpick brand on the map in this important regional city,” Mattmüller added.

In 2016, the Sultanate was on track to receive more than 1.8 million international tourists – a figure expected to almost double to 3.34 million by 2026, the operator claimed.