Oman


Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre to offer 18,000 jobs, boost economy


The Convention and Exhibition Centre will feature the largest fixed seating auditorium in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries with 3,200 seats. – An artist’s impression of the project

Muscat: Up to 18,000 permanent jobs will be created and two more hotels will come up once the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre (OCEC) is completed, Omran said.

According to a study released by Omran, in addition to creating jobs, the mega-project, when completed, will generate OMR295 million in local spending and also contribute OMR200-240 million to the national economy by 2030.

Omran is the company set up by the government to deliver major projects and to manage assets and investments in the tourism sector.

"The work of the OCEC is proceeding apace. It will be completed by 2016 Q4 and, moreover, a few more tenders for the Convention Centre and two hotels will be announced in the third quarter of this year," Abdul Wahid Al Farsi, acting chief communications officer at Omran, told the Times of Oman.

According to Omran, the project will require 12,000 construction workers by 2015 when construction reaches its peak.

Construction of the exhibition halls started in 2013 while Omran supervised the design, tendering and construction of the whole project to ensure that it is on schedule for OCEC's opening in 2016.

"In addition to the exhibition centre (set for completion in second quarter of 2015), the OCEC complex will include four hotels, a business park, retail shopping areas and serviced apartments," the official added.

The completed OCEC will feature the largest fixed seating auditorium in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries (3,200 seats) and the largest car park structure in Oman (4,200 spaces), the country's largest district cooling plant (32,500 refrigeration tonnes), the largest steel truss span (80 metres) supporting the Exhibition Halls, and the largest dome in Oman (120 metre span).

In addition, the OCEC's Business Park will feature the largest gross floor area in a purpose-built corporate office building in Muscat.

In 2013, the OCEC team awarded a total of OMR82,171,247 worth of tenders and issued new consultancy and construction tenders valued at OMR66 million.

A consultancy services tender was awarded for designing an 800-employee staff accommodation to house the staff of the Convention Centre and hotels.

To get in touch: reji@timesofoman.com

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