Post Oman’s iconic hotel closure, management in talks with “global operator”

Post Oman’s iconic hotel closure, management in talks with “global operator”
The property, formerly known as Novotel Al Seeb Muscat was founded in 1984 by Accor Hotels
Published: 21 August 2019 - 10:15 a.m.
By: Priyanka Praveen

After Oman’s Golden Tulip Seeb Hotel officially closed on July 31, officials revealed that the property, which will be replaced by a mixed-use property and a hotel, will soon get a new “global operator”.

Dr Khalfan bin Saeed Al Shuaili, chief executive officer of Oman Aviation Services, said: "The execution of a new hotel will undoubtedly be in line with the remarkable development of the hospitality industry. We are currently negotiating with a global hotel operator considering the importance of the new brand is unique in style and design which will reflect the historic value of Oman's hospitality.”

Oman Aviation Services that manages the hotel, revealed that the property was closing to utilise the hotel’s land for “future projects aimed at enhancing the aviation hospitality sector in the upcoming period”.

Frenzied auction
After the closure, owners of the property hosted an auction to sell several contents of the hotel.

According to Times of Oman, shoppers descended on the property after owners announced that the “entire contents of bedrooms were on sale for as little as OMR200 (US$ 520.15).

The auction was scheduled to run between August 18 and 28 but the contents were sold in just two days.

An Accor Hotels property
The property, formerly known as Novotel Al Seeb Muscat was founded in 1984 by Accor Hotels and is one of the oldest hotels in Muscat.

In 2018, Oman Aviation Hospitality — subsidiary of Oman Aviation Services — took over the management of the hotel.

After the closure in July, the ministry of manpower and the management joined helped the employees get jobs. 60 of the 129 employees found jobs with Oman Aviation Services, while 33 others found roles at other hotels in Oman.

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