TOKYO, JAPAN, December 5, 2022— Hotel Okura Co., Ltd. is pleased to announce that the Okura Resort Muscat will open in 2027 in Muscat, the capital of the Sultanate of Oman, located at the southeastern tip of the Arabian peninsula. This will the first Okura-branded property and the first Japanese-branded hotel in Oman. The company has contracted with Saud Bahwan Group to manage the new property.
Toshihiro Ogita, President, Hotel Okura Co., Ltd., commented, “We are delighted that the Okura Group will be bringing the Okura brand to the Sultanate of Oman. This expansion into the Middle East will create a new base for the Okura Group as we seek to raise the profile of Okura Nikko Hotels in the region.”
He added, “We are confident that this hotel will allow us to better cater to our customers in the region, both those on business and those vacationing, by introducing them to the Japanese art of hospitality in Oman.”
Mohammed Saud Bahwan, Chairman, Saud Bahwan Group, added, “It gives me immense joy to be partnering with the globally-renowned Okura Nikko Hotels. Saud Bahwan Group has been closely associated with Japanese brands for several years. Through the Okura Resort Muscat luxury hotel, we aim to offer customers in Oman and from around the world the finest experiences inspired by Japanese hospitality.”
The new hotel will offer a total of 150 guest rooms, each with a standard area of approximately 50 square meters. The rooms will feature breathtaking views of the vast golf course of Al Mouj Golf, a world-renowned European Tour venue, and the Gulf of Oman.
The lobby and other public spaces will be designed in a fusion of Omani and Japanese styles and traditions. A variety of dining options will be available, including all-day dining, teppanyaki and other Japanese cuisine, and western-style fine dining. The hotel will also offer banquet facilities for a variety of occasions, as well as indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a spa, and a gymnasium.
Having served as a trading center for merchants over the centuries, The Sultanate of Oman has historical links to Asia and in particular to Japan. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Oman and Japan, and the two countries have developed particularly friendly links over the intervening years.
Thanks to the country’s long coastline bordering the Indian Ocean, a wide variety of marine life—including sea turtles and dolphins—is present throughout the year. Marine sports such as yachting and diving are also popular.
Based on its national “Oman Vision 2040” strategy formulated in 2019, Oman aims to develop a diverse economy. The country’s tourism industry is experiencing remarkable growth, spurred in part by its beautiful natural environment.