OCEC receives country’s first LEED Gold certification

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11th Apr, 2018
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The Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC), part of OMRAN’s Madinat Al Irfan Development is the first tourism development in Oman to achieve a LEED Gold certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) for package 2 (Exhibition Centre, Car Park and Energy Centre). Developed by Oman Tourism Development Company (OMRAN), the centre was recently awarded this prestigious international accolade for sustainability, setting standards for the sustainable development that reflects the future of Oman’s growing tourism industry.

Envisioned and pioneered by OMRAN, the centre demonstrates environmental stewardship and leadership in sustainable design and now holds the highest LEED point score in in the Sultanate. This accomplishment is a testament to OMRAN’s dedication to sustainable development and leadership in the construction industry.

In line with this achievement, OMRAN hosted the briefing session ‘LEEDing the Way’ to a number of relevant stakeholders to highlight OMRAN’s efforts in creating green buildings with the benefits of having a LEED certification for sustainable infrastructures in the tourism industry.  The event program also covered a workshop on Green Building by  Nikolaus Knebel, Professor at the German University of Technology in Oman – Urban Planning and Architectural Design, and was attended by a number of OMRAN and OCEC employees, as well as university and college students, members of Oman Engineering Society and the local media.

Eng. Said Al Qasmi, Head of the OCEC Project – OMRAN, said, “We are thrilled that our efforts have been recognised by such a prestigious body, and this accomplishment is an example of our innovative methods of development. As a leading developer of major tourism developments, we have a duty to ensure that our projects preserve our natural environment to the best of our ability. The Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre is a great example of exceptional design, and our dedication and commitment to building a healthy and sustainable future, whilst benefitting the social and economic growth of the Sultanate.”

He added, “OCEC is being built to the highest standards of sustainable design, incorporating advanced technologies and materials into every part of the project. The intelligent design of the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre also complies with LEED standards through the daily operations to ensure a world-class visitor experience”.

Trevor McCartney, General Manager of OCEC, said: “Now more than ever, client requirements and the business events industry as a whole is attentive on the way we act with an environmentally sustainable approach. This prestigious recognition will further enhance the commitment the centre has on its environmental footprint. We anticipate that this global recognition will further expand our competitive advantage on the international stage and place Oman on the map as a new hub for business events.”

The OCEC precinct is part of phase one of OMRAN’s Madinat Al Irfan urban development, which is designed to establish a new urban hub within the heart of Muscat. Since opening its doors in October 2016, the Centre has hosted more than 185 regional and international events, and already confirmed to host more than 50 future events. With a unique and world-class offering, the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre is building a strong reputation as a leading venue for business events in the region and the world.

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