India’s Larsen & Toubro has won a contract from Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran) to build a hotel at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre (OCEC).

The deal involves construction of a four-star Crowne Plaza Hotel, which will have 300 rooms across eight floors, as well as a two-level basement car park for 270 vehicles and restaurants, and associated facilities.

Jordanian architect Arabtech-Jardaneah has designed the hotel to achieve a Gold rating accreditation under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard.

The construction work will be supervised by local consultant Ibn Khaldoun al-Madaen.

The 2 million-square-metre OCEC is scheduled for completion in late 2016.

Omran is evaluating bids for the third package of the development, which involves construction of the convention centre – the centrepiece of the project. India’s Shapoorji Pallonji submitted the low bid, at RO106m ($275m).

The local/UK Carillion Alawi is executing the second construction package for the exhibition hall and associated facilities. The contract is worth $202m.

Oman is investing heavily in its tourism sector to diversify the economy and boost local employment.