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Blue City Company 1, Developers of Al Madina A'zarqa, Oman Jordan
Signs Agreement to Develop Five Star Beachfront Property
with Intercontinental Hotels Group

Middle East and North Africa Business Report, Amman, JordanMcClatchy-Tribune Regional News

Jul. 4, 2009--Blue City Company 1 (BCC1), the developers of phase one of Al Madina A'Zarqa, the most significant real estate infrastructure project in the Sultanate of Oman, has signed an agreement with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) for the development of a five star beachfront property, InterContinental Al Madina A'Zarqa.

The globally recognised hotel group will operate InterContinental Al Madina A'Zarqa and it will be the second hotel scheduled to open in Al Madina A'Zarqa. The coastline hotel consists of 200 elegant rooms, including 50 suites and is in close proximity to the Al Na'man community, the shopping district, golf course and the creek marina.

Commenting on the signing, John Bamsey, Chief Operating Officer, InterContinental Hotels Group, Middle East and Africa said: "Oman plans to highlight its natural beauty through premium developments, such as Al Madina A'Zarqa, in an effort to increase its international appeal. InterContinental Al Madina A'Zarqa will offer affluent leisure and business travellers a more authentic experience, while delivering on the international standards that they have grown accustomed to."

"We look forward to developing our partnership with Blue City Company 1, as we continue our expansion plans in the Sultanate. We currently have six properties in Oman, including our flagship Al Bustan Palace InterContinental Muscat and three hotels in the pipeline, one of these being the InterContinental Al Madina A'Zarqa. Our presence in Oman is a testimony of our confidence in the country's Vision 2020 and its plans to develop in to a key leisure and business tourism destination," he added.

InterContinental Al Madina A'Zarqa will offer several dining options including a fine dining restaurant, an all day restaurant and specialty outlets. In addition, the property will feature a complete fitness centre offering the latest equipment, a spa, as well as pools and tennis courts. The hotel will also offer state of the art meeting and conference facilities to cater to specific business needs.

"Al Madina A'Zarqa is a rapidly growing coastal city with a prime geographic location, easily accessible from Muscat International Airport and within a three hour drive from the UAE. We are pleased to be partnering with IHG to bring InterContinental to our development, Intercontinental is renowned for their premium standards and quality service," said Richard P. Russell, PE, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, BCC1.

"InterContinental Al Madina A'Zarqa is one of three waterfront hotels in phase one of the development and will create a strong and dynamic international presence in the tourism sector of the Sultanate. Our city will have approximately 20 hotels offering spas, restaurants and other facilities that will put Al Madina A' Zarqa on par with the global tourism scene" concluded Roger Kacou, Vice President of Hotel and Leisure Development, BCC1.

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