Omran, the country’s leading development, investment and hospitality asset management company, successfully reached three million man-hours without Lost Time Injury (LTI) as the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) project site gradually begins to take shape. The milestone was marked with a ceremony at the third Safety Day and was attended by site workers, Omran and OCEC representatives along with the General Managers of three contractors; Carillion Alawi, KAS-Al Habib and Bahwan Engineering Company (BEC).
On the occasion, Eng. Wael bin Ahmed Al Lawati, Omran CEO, said, “Throughout this project, Omran along with our contractors have worked hand in hand to demonstrate our commitment to creating a ‘Zero Harm’ workplace and making it a reality by operating to the most stringent international health and safety standards. Reaching this milestone is an opportunity to share and celebrate the achievements of everyone involved but this does not mean that we can now rest on our laurels. We will continue to practice exemplary safety behaviors in all every aspect of our operations as we build a future landmark that will transform the meetings and exhibitions industry not only in the Sultanate, but across the wider Middle East region.”
Scheduled for completion in 2016, Eng. Al Lawati explained that the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre will allow Oman to capture the lucrative events and conferencing market by competing more competitively for international exhibitions that will ultimately stimulate the diversification of the national economy. The two million square meters fully integrated precinct is expected to draw more than 600,000 visitors per year by 2018 and create approximately 15,000-18,000 direct and indirect employment opportunities by 2030.
The OCEC project is among the first in Oman to be built in accordance with LEED Certification requirements set by the US Green Building Council. Once complete, it will feature a tiered auditorium capable of seating 3,200 and a 22,000 square meters exhibition hall in addition to 14 meeting rooms for 70-360 delegates, two well-appointed ballrooms that seat up to 2,360 guests, a VIP Pavilion, a spacious food-court and a multi-storey car park with capacity for more than 4,000 vehicles.
The precinct will also include four hotels operated by world-leading hoteliers, a super-regional mall operated by Al Futtaim and a Grade-A business park, which will become home to some of the Sultanate’s most established companies. Case in point, telecom giant Omantel recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Omran to construct the company’s new state-of-the-art headquarters with 40,000 square meters of built-up area and parking for more than 1,200 vehicles.
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