(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Jumeirah Group, a global hotel company and member of Dubai Holding, has signed a management agreement with Saraya Bandar Jissah to operate the latter's luxury resort in Muscat. The resort is currently under development and is expected to open in 2017.
When complete the Saraya Bandar Jissah resort will consist of two hotel components, one consisting of 206 rooms and the other of 106 rooms, located at Bandar Jissah, near Muscat, nestled between the Hajjar Mountains and the Gulf of Oman. The resort lies 15 minutes south of the city centre and 40 minutes from Muscat International Airport.
The overall development will include a 1,200 sq m spa, a dive centre, a wide range of sports and leisure facilities, a selection of restaurants, bars and cafes and a kids club. The resort will also include conference and banquet facilities to cater to Oman's growing attraction as a destination for conferences, meetings and large-scale events. The resort forms part of a larger development that includes residential apartments, townhouses and villas, taking advantage of some of the most beautiful, unspoilt coastline in the Middle East.
Sheikh Hamood Sultan al Hosni, chief executive officer of Saraya Bandar Jissah, said, ''Saraya Bandar Jissah will make a major contribution to the high-end hotel market in Oman. We are pleased to be partnering with Jumeirah, given the reputation that it has in the region, which matches our own world-class standards. We are confident that, when complete, the properties will attract discerning travellers who are familiar with Jumeirah's level of luxury and who want to discover more about what Saraya Bandar Jissah and Jumeirah can offer them as a destination.''
Gerald Lawless, president and CEO of Jumeirah Group, said, ''We are delighted to have been selected by Saraya Bandar Jissah to operate this resort. As we continue to expand the Jumeirah brand across the Middle East, we bring our exceptional quality of service to loyal guests in new markets, helping them to discover the very best in luxury hospitality and the beauty of emerging destinations like the Omani coastline.''<