Deutsche Hospitality soon to extend its presence in Oman to three hotels
Agreement signed for an IntercityHotel in Nizwa
Deutsche Hospitality is robustly pursuing its course of expansion and has signed a further agreement for a hotel in Oman. A 120-room three-star IntercityHotel is scheduled to open in Nizwa by 2019. The hotel, which will offer event spaces, a spa complete with gym area, a swimming pool, a restaurant and a bar, will be operated via a management agreement. The contractual partner will be the Nizwa Integrated Real Estate Company (“NIREC”), Sultanate of Oman.
Nizwa is located about 180 kilometres from the Omani capital of Muscat. Set in an oasis, the city is considered to be a cultural hub and is the historic trading centre of the Sultanate. Featuring lush vegetation and an old fortress, Nizwa attracts tourists from all over the world throughout the year as well as being a popular weekend destination for the indigenous population. The hotel construction will form part of a major development project undertaken by the government to bring about further enhancement to the city’s infrastructure.
This is the second contract to be concluded by Deutsche Hospitality in the Sultanate of Oman within a short period of time. An IntercityHotel is currently under development in the capital city of Muscat, and the plan is that this will open for business in 2020. Together with the IntercityHotel Salalah, which launched in July 2016, this brings Deutsche Hospitality’s total representation in Oman to three hotels. “The Arabian Peninsula is an important growth location for Deutsche Hospitality,” explained CEO Puneet Chhatwal. “Being able to set the seal on a further project in Oman so shortly after signing the agreement for Muscat very much proves that our expansion strategy is moving in the right direction.” The group has been represented in Dubai in the form of the Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay since 2015, and a second IntercityHotel will open in the Emirate in 2018. A Steigenberger Airport Hotel is also under construction in Doha (Qatar). All of this will increase Deutsche Hospitality’s overall presence in the Middle East to six hotels over the coming years.
Commenting on this achievement, Mr. Saleh Nasser Al Habsi, Chairman of Nizwa Integrated Real estate Co. and General Manager of MOD Pension Fund said:
“MODPF/NIREC strongly believes in the growth of the country through tourism and with the shared vision of tourism, we believe we have immense potential in catering to the tourists and showing them the local culture. By getting strong brands of international stature in the local region, we believe we can do our fair share and help tourists see our beautiful country and experience memorable people of the region. European brands and Omani Hospitality is something that can work wonders in the region for the tourists and locals alike.”
ABOUT DEUTSCHE HOSPITALITY
Deutsche Hospitality brings together three separate hotel brands – Steigenberger Hotels and Resorts, Jaz in the City und IntercityHotel. The Deutsche Hospitality brand encompasses more than 125 hotels on three continents including over 25 at the development stage. The portfolio includes 58 Steigenberger Hotels and Resorts and 41 IntercityHotels. The first Jaz Hotel opened in Amsterdam in November 2015.