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Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa Opens in Oman; Project
Represents a Pioneering Step in the Development of Oman
as an International Tourist Destination
February 28, 2006 - The grand opening of Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa was celebrated February 27, 2006 in the presence of His Highness Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq Al Said and other members of Oman's royal family, and over 900 national and international guests and dignitaries.  The opening represents the first three-hotel luxury resort for both Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts and the country of Oman. 

The much anticipated property comprises the exclusive Al Husn ("the Castle" with 180 suites and guestrooms), Al Bandar ("the Town" with 198 rooms and extensive meeting facilities), and the family-oriented Al Waha ("the Oasis" with 302 rooms). All 680 rooms and suites are sea-facing and overlook a total of 580 metres (1,900 feet) of beach. 

Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa
Sultanate of Oman
The resort and spa is set in 50 hectares (124 acres) of landscaped gardens approximately 40 minutes from the international airport and 20 minutes from downtown Muscat.  Located on the bay (barr) against a dramatic backdrop of rugged mountains fronting the Gulf of Oman, the hotel provides a daily 10-minute shuttle to the nearby suburb of Ruwi, home of the Sultan's palace and the old port of Muscat, known as Muttrah. 

When the separate CHI Spa Village is completed in May, the resort facilities will include a spa with eight large and four single private villas; three fresh-water swimming pools (two inter-connected by a specially designed lazy river); 19 food and beverage outlets (including six main restaurants, seven casual dining outlets and pool bars, three lobby lounges, two bars and a nightclub); extensive conference and meeting facilities; four tennis courts; an Omani Heritage Village; an open-air amphitheatre seating up to 1,000; a dedicated marina and Dive Centre; an archeological site open to visitors; a full-time Turtle Ranger; and a myriad of water sports including dolphin and whale watching. 

"Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa is our third Middle East hotel.  We are committed to this region and can think of no better location for our newest resort than in this incredible location in the beautiful country of Oman," said Mr. Giovanni Angelini, chief executive officer and managing director of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts.  "Our delivery of Shangri-La Hospitality from Caring People™ is distinctly Asian; when it is combined with the warm welcome and hospitality of Oman, it will be an unbeatable combination." 

"This project represents a pioneering step in the process of laying down the foundations of tourism and developing Oman as a prime and distinct international tourist destination," said Mr. Ziyad M. Al Zubair, managing director of the Zubair Corporation, the resort's developers. One of the most important elements for selecting Shangri-La Hong Kong to operate the resort is that it attaches high importance to the human resource development and follows the most advanced training standards."   

Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, Asia Pacific's leading luxury hotel group, currently manages 47 hotels under the five-star Shangri-La and four-star Traders brands, with a rooms inventory of over 23,000. The group has over 40 projects under development in Canada, mainland China, France, India, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines, Qatar, Seychelles, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States. 

Lori Lincoln
Director of Public Relations, North America
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts 
Tel: (212) 382-3155
Also See: Middle East Hotel Industry Continues With More than Satisfactory Results / August 2005
The Government of Oman Assigns Franchise of the Former Novotel Seeb Muscat to Golden Tulip Hotels / August 2004


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