AEG Og­den to op­er­ate the new Oman Con­ven­tion & Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre

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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.

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