Salalah Rotana Resort opens as Oman’s largest free-standing hotel

Updated 31 March 2014

Salalah Rotana Resort opens as Oman’s largest free-standing hotel

Rotana, a major hotel management company in the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Eastern Europe, has announced the opening of Salalah Rotana Resort, claimed to be the first five-star property on Salalah Beach and the largest in the city by room size and the largest free-standing hotel in Oman.
The hotel’s 400 rooms and suites are set in between an elaborate network of manmade waterways that connect all waterfront hotels and residential areas in Muriya’s Salalah Beach Resort to the Indian Ocean.
Samih Sawiris, chairman of Muriya and CEO of Orascom Development, said: “The partnership between Orascom and Omran has allowed Muriya to deliver a landmark resort in Salalah as an example of the commitment of all parties. The resort is peerless in the sultanate as the largest hotel in the country and will serve the growing demand for high quality accommodation in Salalah as tourism continues to grow in the city.”
Omer Kaddouri, president and CEO of Rotana, said: “The opening of Salalah Rotana Resort is an exciting one for us, as not only does it take us one step closer to reaching our ultimate vision but it has strengthened the company’s standing as the leading hotel management company in the region.”
Hamza Selim, CEO of Muriya, said: “The opening of Salalah Rotana Resort is a milestone for Muriya and the hotel will develop to become part of an integrated town, which will make a major contribution to the number of quality hospitality assets in the sultanate’s portfolio and put Salalah on the map as a global tourism destination.”
The resort has also been commended by Sheikh Khalid bin Mussalam Al-Rowas, director general of the Ministry of Tourism in Salalah. He commented that the hotel will have a profound impact on tourism in the region in line with the government’s vision for tourism development.


International falconry events announced for Riyadh

Updated 26 August 2019

International falconry events announced for Riyadh

RIYADH: The Saudi Falcons Club has announced two major falconry events to be held in the Kingdom later this year, further strengthening Saudi Arabia’s importance as an international center of falconry excellence.

The 2nd King Abddulaziz Festival of Falconry will be held at the purpose-built falconry showgrounds on Qassim Road, Riyadh (Mulham exit) from December 1-16, while the 2nd Saudi Falcons and Hunting Exhibition will be held in Riyadh from October 11-15.

Falconry has always been closely associated with the Arabian Peninsula and is an important part of the cultural heritage of Saudi Arabia. Indeed, the sport was ascribed on the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage in 2016.

Today there are more than 20,000 active falconers in Saudi Arabia who are represented by the Saudi Falcon Club, which was established by royal decree in 2016 in order to stage international falconry events and competitions within the Kingdom, and to protect falcons and other migratory birds from predation and habitat loss.

For more information about the exhibition, festival and falconry in Saudi Arabia, go to: http://sfc.org.sa/en/home-en/