Closure of iconic Muscat hotel sparks frenzied buyers

The closure of Oman’s iconic Golden Tulip Al Seeb has sparked a frenzy after its owners announced that the entire contents of bedrooms were on sale for as little as OMR 200 ($519), according to local media reports.

According to a report in the Times of Oman, the auction – which was scheduled to run between August 18 and 28 – was over in two days.

The hotel was closed in July after Oman Aviation Services announced that the land would be used for other projects.

“Oman Aviation Services is working hard to upgrade its various services, anticipating future developments in accordance with the latest updates in international hospitality,” said Dr Khalfan bin Saeed Al Shuaili, the firm’s CEO. “The ongoing development of the sector has led to a wide range of investment opportunities.”

“After 35 years of continuous success in the industry, we maintain our strong commitment to actively support the growth of the hospitality sector in Oman,” he added.

The hotel, formerly known as Novotel Al Seeb Muscat, was founded by Accor Hotels in 1984 and was one of the oldest hotels in the city. In 2004, it was taken over by Golden Tulip Hospitality Group, who renamed it the Golden Tulip.

Ownership was transferred to Oman Air in 2009, before finally being taken over by Oman Aviation Hospitality in February 2018.

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