OCEC, Muscat 15 December 2023
Dec 2023, MUSCAT, SULTANATE OF OMAN:
The Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre was awarded industry-leading ISO 22000: 2018 and HACCP Certifications for Food and Beverage safety. This is a milestone for Oman’s premier venue as it continues to build its regional and international reputation through its excellence in events & services.
Commenting on the news, Eng. Said Al Shanfari, CEO of the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre, stated: “The global recognition of our ISO certification reflects our commitment to international standards. This marks the OCEC's second ISO certification, showcasing our ongoing commitment to improving performance and meeting evolving customer needs. These standards optimize processes and ensure the protection of consumers and users at large. Months of meticulous audits and assessments conducted by our dedicated OCEC employees culminated in this milestone. I am grateful for their unwavering dedication in positioning the OCEC as a premier venue in the region.”
The OCEC recently announced record-breaking achievements in 2023 with around 1.5 million visitors welcomed at Oman’s premier venue last year – a 25% increase from 2022 attendance. With over 200 events in 2023, the venue has showcased its attractivity with local and international delegates through a strong line-up of local and international conferences, conventions and exhibitions. The venue is now gearing up for its 2024 calendar, anticipating a lineup of prominent international exhibitions and conferences for the first quarter of 2024. In January alone, the OCEC welcomed the Middle East Space Conference, the Oman International Pharmacy Congress & Exhibition and Oman Water Week among other significant events. In the next few weeks, the OCEC will welcome regional leaders for the 34th GAIF General Conference (18-21 February) and is expecting thousands of visitors for the annual Oman International Book Fair event, running in parallel to the OCEC’s brand-new outdoor Moonlight festival activation (22 February to 2nd March).
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ABOUT: OMAN CONVENTION & EXHIBITION CENTRE
Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre is a world class, fully integrated venue located in the Sultanate of Oman’s capital, Muscat. In 2023, the OCEC team proudly celebrates the venue as a place #WheretheWorldMeets
OCEC: The Pride of Oman
OCEC’s entire complex features awe-inspiring modern architecture, integrated throughout with contemporary as well as traditional Omani design elements. The venue’s grand design represents its grand purpose: To be a vital part of the Sultanate’s ongoing growth story, and drive towards modernity and economic diversification – as envisioned by Oman’s late, beloved leader, Sultan Qaboos bin Said (1940 – 2020).
World Class Events Destination
The OCEC is located in its own fully integrated precinct just four kilometers from Muscat International Airport. It offers a multitude of spaces for a multitude of events. These include a total of fifty-five modern meeting places, auditoriums and exhibition halls, VIP lounges, Grand and Junior ballrooms, two international hotels, and a business park. As a state-of-the-art venue, the OCEC includes one of the largest theatres in the GCC, and one of the region’s largest column-free exhibition spaces – among many other highlights. The layout includes expansive concourse areas to host large delegations, with large-scale floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking landscaped gardens and water features. There is also a multi-story car park with a capacity for 4,000 vehicles. As a part of OCEC, The Precinct provides the infrastructure necessary to host successful international, regional, and local events and is there for the enjoyment of delegates, visitors, and the local community. It includes the 5 Star JW Marriott Muscat Hotel linked to the Convention Centre itself, as well as the 4 Star Crowne Plaza OCEC Hotel. A business park, surrounded by a nature reserve, which is a haven for Oman’s exotic birdlife, together with parklands and a wadi river valley, also form part of The Precinct.
Premier Venue: Premier Events
The OCEC has redefined the way trade, tourism and entertainment events are hosted in Oman. Be it a conference, a trade show, a business meeting, or a special, once-off event, OCEC's expert events team can step in and make event planning hassle-free by doing the heavy lifting for organizers. OCEC delivers a comprehensive portfolio of event hosting facilities and infrastructure – including some of the world’s most advanced Audio-Visual equipment; brought to life by the venue’s professional and highly talented team. Event organizers and all interested parties planning to host an event at Oman’s premier events destination can contact the OCEC team via the venue’s website www.ocec.om
Regionally and internationally, Oman has earned a reputation as being a stable and peaceful nation, which welcomes foreigners to its beautiful shores. All visitors and event patrons making their way through OCEC’s doors are welcomed with Oman’s legendary warmth and friendliness. The country has a modern infrastructure, which links Oman to the world – and the world to Oman. Aligned with Oman’s 2040 Tourism vision, and broader Oman Vision 2040 strategy, the OCEC looks to continue strengthening existing partnerships, and establishing new business relationships among a growing list of local, regional, and international markets.
OCEC: A Greener Future
While the OCEC is committed to maintaining the highest standards in business and operational excellence, the venue is also committed to long term environmental sustainability. OCEC is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified complex and features many examples of green architectural design and landscaping. On an operational level, OCEC is committed to contributing toward a more sustainable planet, and positive carbon footprint activity associated with the entire complex.
OCEC & OMRAN
Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre is a flagship establishment in the Oman Tourism Development Company SAOC (OMRAN) portfolio of major tourism, heritage, urban and mixed-use projects. OMRAN drives the investment, growth, and development of the rapidly growing tourism sector in Oman and has a proven track record of delivering tourism and related projects to a world-class standard due to their core philosophy of sustainability, transparency, and partnering with renowned regional and international investors.