The Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) celebrated its first year of business last week on October 10.
OCEC inaugurated the opening of the first phase – 22,000m2 of exhibition space – last year with their first event, InfraOman, organised by Al Nimr Expo.
Next, OCEC will be unveiling another phase which includes a tiered theatre with 3,200 seats, a 450-seat auditorium, two ballrooms for banquets for up to 1,200 guests, 20 meeting rooms for up to 360 delegates, hospitality suites and a VIP pavilion.
The precinct includes a five-star JW Marriott Hotel linked to the Convention Centre, four-star Crowne Plaza Hotel, both of which represent 600 hotel rooms in total.
To date, OCEC has hosted 101 events and welcomed over 750,000 visitors who have attended a variety of events and helped boost the local economy.
This December, OCEC will hold its first international event – the ACI Airport Exchange 2017 (Conference and Exhibition). It will bring the world’s airport community to the Gulf for the largest event in the Airport Council International’s calendar.
This will then be followed by the second UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture, where over 65 ministers from around the globe have confirmed their attendance.
In addition, OCEC has won bids for 11 major regional and international conferences, and is working on international bids for events scheduled as far ahead as 2024.