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Minor Hotels has unveiled plans to open an AVANI hotel near Muscat, the capital of Oman. Minor said it has signed a management agreement with developer Safari Intl. Group to operate the 250-key AVANI Muscat Hotel, which is slated to open in 2020 in the Seeb neighborhood west of the city.

With a total development cost of $50 million, the newbuild lifestyle hotel will open in two phases. The first will comprise 160 guest rooms and suites, an all-day dining restaurant, an AVANI Pantry and a rooftop lounge. Additional facilities will include a swimming pool, health club, ballroom and eight meeting rooms. The second phase, which is scheduled to commence two years after the main hotel opens, will offer 90 serviced apartments in a variety of configurations.

The hotel will be connected via a sky bridge to the upcoming Al Araimi Boulevard Mall, which is currently being developed and is scheduled to open later this year with more than 250 retail and dining outlets, a medical center and a 10-screen cinema complex.

Information on the design team behind the hotel was not immediately available.

“Bringing AVANI to Oman is a key component of our strategic expansion plans and we are delighted to be partnering with Safari Intl. Group to develop this exciting new addition to Muscat’s hotel scene,” says Dillip Rajakarier, ceo of Bangkok-based Minor Hotels. “Seeb is already a key residential area in Muscat, which as the city grows westward will become a significant hub and we are confident AVANI will represent a great fit in this fast-developing neighborhood.”

Launched in 2011, AVANI Hotels & Resorts operates 21 properties in the Asia Pacific region, the Middle East, Africa and Europe, with the brand most recently debuting in both Australia and New Zealand. In 2018, AVANI will launch in North Africa with the opening of AVANI Les Berges du Lac Tunis Suites in the Tunisian capital, along with further properties planned for Mauritius and the Maldives.


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