Crowne Plaza Duqm opens


The beach-front hotel is located near the rapidly expanding port and dry dock at Duqm. — Supplied picture

Muscat: InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is continuing to reinforce its presence in Oman with the opening of Crowne Plaza Duqm, yesterday. The new hotel will join IHG's three existing Crowne Plaza hotels in Oman's major cities of Muscat, Sohar, and Salalah, as well as the InterContinental Muscat.  The beach-front hotel is located near the rapidly expanding port and dry dock at Duqm. With the launch of commercial activity at Duqm Commercial Port earlier this month and the expected opening of Duqm International Airport in 2014, the hotel is set to capture the corporate-travel market.

Crowne Plaza Duqm's 213 spacious rooms, including 21 suites, all offer a direct view of the sea. Guests can enjoy the hotel's outdoor pool area, a fully equipped fitness centre, and five restaurants and lounges. There is plenty to do outside the hotel too, thanks to its picturesque location on Duqm's beachfront. Guests can explore beautiful natural beaches, wander down the Duqm Corniche, or visit the geological rock gardens, all in the nearby area.

In addition to the hotel's leisure facilities, the hotel offers state-of-the-art business and meeting facilities and a 780-square metre Event Centre, which includes two ballrooms, one boardroom and four separate meeting rooms.

Crowne Plaza Duqm's restaurants present a variety of cuisines to suit every palate. Souq is the hotel's all-day-dining restaurant, while Frontier will cater to sports fans who want to catch up on all the latest sporting action. Gastronomic delights await diners at Al Safi, which treats guests to a spectacular seafood dining experience. At Splash, the poolside snack bar, guests can enjoy a refreshing drink from the comfort of their sun loungers.

Ali Salih, general manager of Crowne Plaza Duqm, stated, "Duqm is fast becoming a hotspot for travel and business within Oman. With the hotel's location on the beachfront combined with its premium business facilities, we are confident that Crowne Plaza Duqm is an attractive offering for business and leisure guests alike. We look forward to a successful opening period."

Pascal Gauvin, chief operating officer, India, Middle East, and Africa, for IHG, added, "Thanks to its focus on growing its travel and tourism industry, Oman continues to be an important market for us in the Middle East. With the opening of Crowne Plaza Duqm, we now operate hotels in an area spanning from Muscat right down to Salalah. We are delighted to now be open in Duqm as it continues its exciting expansion."

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