After being in the works for nine years, the Woods Bagot-designed Kempinski Hotel Muscat has completed in the Sultanate of Oman and is now open to the public.
The diamond-shaped buildings feature a combination of Omani influences, from architectural cues to existing landmark buildings, which is combined with the European sensibility of the Kempinski brand.
The cluster of buildings, which mimic a matrix of structures which once made up the commercial centre of the city, stand as a modern interpretation of traditional structures found across the Gulf country. The facade is inspired by the landscape of Old Muscat such as the Muttrah Corniche.
The design of the lobby references lilies in a pond, and takes its cues from Al Alam Palace, the ceremonial palace of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos.
The ballroom is located in a prominent location within the hotel development, featuring structures that are reminiscent of Arabic lanterns, which illuminate in the evening to further the presence of the hotel landmark around its immediate environment, and the Al Mouj community.
The hotel includes 310 rooms and suites, meeting facilities, 10 restaurants and bars, as well as a health club and spa.