Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre set to open in 2016

Industry Watch | February 25, 2015 | News

Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre

The new world-class Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre(OCEC) is opening in 2016. The Sultanate of Oman in enjoying record visitation from Australia and New Zealand due to its positioning as a multifaceted destination with serious delegate appeal. This interest is being propelled by the opening of this venue.


Located in its own fully integrated precinct only four kilometres from Muscat International Airport. The design of the OCEC will ensure a flow of the meetings space to suit the most discerning conference and exhibition organisers. It also incorporated expansive concourse areas to enable ease of large delegations with floor to ceiling windows overlooking landscaped gardens and water features. The Centre will feature two tiered auditoriums to seat 3,200 and 450 while the 5 exhibition halls will feature 22,000 square metres of column-free exhibition space. Halls 1 & 2 combined will seat up to 10,000 seated, theatre-style. 


The Centre will also include an additional 13 meeting rooms for 80-300 delegates, two well-appointed ballrooms to seat up to 2,360, 10 hospitality suites, VIP Pavilion, a spacious food-court and a multi-storey car park with capacity for 4,000 vehicles. The Precinct will provide the infrastructure necessary to host successful international, regional and local events and for the enjoyment of the community. These include a five star hotel linked to the convention centre, two four star, and a three star hotel and apartments with a combined total of 1,000 rooms.  A business park, retail shopping mall surrounded by a nature reserve which will be a haven for Oman’s exotic birdlife, parklands and wadi (valley) park are also part of this picturesque precinct. Read more about the venue here


The OCEC executive management team is headed by General Manager, Trevor McCartney, who has more than 20 years of experience that includes venue pre-openings in the Middle East, Asia and UK. Moreover, the key positions of Director of Operations, Head of Events, Director of Food & Beverage and the Executive Chef all possess extensive global operational expertise, most recently from within our own network of venues."


With more than 10,500 hotel rooms available in Muscat by 2018, the opening of the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) is the catalyst for major business events in the Sultanate.Contributing to this record increase, Oman has already attracted significant events from high achiever incentive programs from Australia such as Mercedes Benz and News Ltd.


The Sultanate of Oman's Ministry of Tourism Country Manager for Australia and New Zealand, Ms Mona Tannous, said that in 2011-2012 Oman achieved a staggering 72% increase in visitations from Australia and New Zealand, followed by 11% in 2012-2013 and 10% in 2013-2014, as a result exceeding those from European countries.

"We often talk about Oman being the best-kept secret in Arabia. But clients keep telling us that Oman's unique natural beauty, heritage and culture combined with the renowned warmth and hospitality of Omani people makes Oman the best-kept tourism secret on the planet," Ms Tannous said.

OCEC's venue manager AEG Ogden agrees that their marketing efforts over the past three years have gained traction with Oman now being seriously considered as one of the world's most exciting emerging convention destinations.

AEG Ogden is an Australian controlled joint venture between Australian venue management interests and AEG Facilities of the United States. AEG Ogden manages venues throughout the Asia Pacific region. Ms Rochelle Uechtritz, Group Manager Convention Sales Development, AEG Ogden said," With numerous convention bids in the pipeline as far ahead as 2021, the operations team will ensure that each and every delegate will experience a special blend of traditional Omani hospitality.”



The opening of the venue will be the catalyst for major business events in the Sultanate.

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