Hilton Worldwide has entered into a management agreement with Muscat National Development and Investment Company (ASAAS) to open a hotel, called Hilton Garden Inn Muscat – Al Khuwair, in Oman.

The proposed hotel will be Hilton’s first in Muscat and second in Oman.

Expected to have 232 guest rooms, the hotel will be located in the centre of Muscat, which is a popular destination for business and tourism.

Scheduled to open by 2019, the hotel will feature a 24h business centre, complimentary Wi-Fi, more than 147m² of meeting space, Hilton’s signature 24h Pavilion Pantry for sweet and snacks, as well as other facilities.

Hilton Worldwide Middle East and North Africa development vice-president Carlos Khneisser said: "With a well-established tourism industry and historic reputation as a trading hub, Muscat is continuing to develop its infrastructure in response to steady increases in business and leisure arrivals.

"Oman welcomes almost 3.5 million visitors each year and with Muscat’s expanding airport capacity, as well as the expected opening of the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre this year, we look forward to supporting this growth and developing Hilton’s presence here."

To be located at a distance of 16km to the Muscat International Airport, Hilton Garden Inn will have easy access to various sites of interest including the Royal Opera House and Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.

"Muscat is continuing to develop its infrastructure in response to steady increases in business and leisure arrivals."

ASAAS CEO Khalid Al Yahmadi said: "The tourism sector in Oman is a key contributor to the economic growth of the country and has the potential to yield even greater returns aided by strategic investments within its supply chain.

"In 2014, Oman’s total number of keys stood at 15,424. However with the government aiming to raise the sector’s GDP contribution from 3% in 2014 to 6% by 2040 by attracting nine million tourists, we need to increase that number to no less than 18,000 keys.

"Hilton Garden Inn Muscat– Al Khuwair will bring us one step closer to this target and enhance the quality of life for people in Al Khuwair and the greater Muscat community."

Hilton Worldwide has also opened a new branch, DoubleTree by Hilton Bogotá, in Colombia.

Image: Representatives of Hilton Worldwide and Muscat National Development and Investment Company. Photo: courtesy of Hilton Garden Inn.