AEG Ogden to operate the new Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre
AEG Ogden, one of the world’s leading convention and exhibition management companies has been appointed to operate the new Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) in Muscat.
The Centre includes an elaborate tiered auditorium to seat 3,200 while the exhibition halls will feature 22,000 sqm of column-free exhibition space. Halls 1 and 2 will have a superior fit out, specialised acoustic treatment, advanced lighting and rigging, to act as a multi-purpose space for plenary sessions, concerts, performances, gala events.
The OCEC will open in two phases; the Exhibition Halls in 2014 and the auditorium, banquet halls and meeting rooms will open for events in late 2015. Eng. Wael bin Ahmed Al Lawati, CEO, Omran said that the centre will generate social economic benefits for the country and will place Oman on the world map by playing host to global and large scale conferences and events.
Geoff Donaghy, Group Director, Convention Centres, AEG Ogden said that they were both proud and honoured to have been entrusted with the responsibility of managing of what will become an iconic venue in the Gulf region. AEG Ogden have been involved in the design and planning of the centre and would now utilise its experience, extensive worldwide network and expertise in preparing the centre for opening and competing for its share of the lucrative business events market.
Donaghy added that OCEC and its surrounding precinct were Omran’s ‘Jewel in the Crown’ and would globally position the country as a highly desirable and capable destination to host some of the world’s most prestigious business events that have not been possible previously. He added that Oman was well positioned to become an important player in the business events industry. According to a recent study at the Gulf’s premier meetings event, GIBTM, Oman was recognised as an emerging business events destination.