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Coral takes bookings at first Oman property
February 2007 175

CORAL International Hotels, Resorts & Spas has taken its first steps into Oman with the opening of Coral Hotel, Muscat.

Addressing reporters at the opening, owner Suleiman Mohammed Al Yahyai said, “Oman is witnessing a rapid growth in tourism. According to official estimates, the sector’s contribution to national GDP will increase to three per cent by 2020 from the current 0.9 per cent. This would raise tourism revenues to a staggering 130 million rials ($333 million), offering the perfect investment ground for any new hotel ventures.”
Coral enters Oman on a strong footing. Having established its credentials in the UAE, the group is eager to explore international opportunities.
“It is a new beginning, a new era for this charming property that enjoys an enviable location in the heart of the city’s exclusive diplomatic enclave Shatti Al Qurum. Equipped with world-class amenities, the hotel is a real gem that’s hard to resist. We are confident that within the coming months it will emerge as a major player in the market,” said managing director Michel Noblet.
The hotel is ideally located for business travellers as well and has two meeting rooms equipped with cutting-edge boardroom technology.
Driven by ambitious domestic and overseas expansion strategy, Coral International is in the midst of massive development.
Created in 2003, the Dubai-based hotel chain is well on target of having 25 properties in its first five years of operation.
“So far we have got nine hotels operational and another 20 under development. Apart from the UAE, most of these projects are located in different parts of the Middle East including Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman. Soon we have an amazing project coming up in Seeb in Muscat. Exciting plans are underway in South and North Africa too,” said Noblet.
The Coral Hotel, Muscat has recently undergone a makeover with new facilities, renovated rooms and two new food outlets with terraces. However, the property still retains its signature features like the beautiful façade and the spectacular staircase which acts as the centerpiece of the lobby.
All rooms are decorated in contemporary, urban style with delightful local touches and are equipped with top-notch amenities including plasma/ flat TV screens.
The restaurants are designed to give guests a wholesome dining experience. While Rumours Café offers an innovative menu in a relaxed atmosphere, Baituti serves Lebanese cuisine. 




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