Oman’s North A’Sharqiyah completes preparations for winter tourism season to attract various tourists
Ibra: The Department of Heritage and Tourism in North Al Sharqiyah Governorate has completed its preparations for the winter tourist season to attract various tourists from inside and outside the Sultanate of Oman, which starts from October until April every year.
Sumaya bint Hamad Al Busaidiyah, Director of the Heritage and Tourism Department in North Al Sharqiyah Governorate, explained that the administration has, during the last period, examined the preparations of the accommodation and hotel facilities in the governorate’s wilayats, followed up on the extent to which these facilities adhere to the classification standards for quality set by the Ministry, and ensured the implementation of all requirements and instructions for organizing the work of tourist camps and facilities.
Hotel facilities, and an increase in new accommodation rooms, in addition to ensuring the safety of means of transportation within the camps and hotel facilities, and ensuring the validity of related tourism licenses.
She added to the Oman News Agency that the states of North Al Sharqiyah Governorate are characterized by many tourist attractions such as the sands of Al Sharqiyah, valleys, oases, sulfur water springs, castles, forts, popular markets and ancient archaeological lanes, in addition to being distinguished by many recreational activities that bear the character of challenge, fun and adventure, as we expect the governorate to be An active destination in the heritage and tourism sectors in the current winter season.
She explained that the administration seeks to revitalize the tourism sector in the governorate by holding some seasonal events related to desert, mountain, or water adventure tourism, which distinguishes the governorate due to the extension of the golden sands to three governorates, which attracts tourists and those interested in practicing temporary camping activities and watching the stars at night.
Walking in the sand dunes, riding sand bikes, experiencing paragliding, sand skiing, and organizing sand sports car races, which are known locally as “runs,” in addition to riding camels, and experiencing royal balloon rides, in addition to visiting the site of the water ponds in the state of Wadi Bani Khalid, which It attracts many tourists for the purpose of rest and relaxation.
It is one of the most famous places in the Sultanate of Oman due to its continuous flow of water and waterfalls throughout the year, in addition to the presence of ancient mountain paths linking the Wilayat of Wadi Bani Khalid to the Wilayat of Sur in the South Al Sharqiyah Governorate.
Al Busaidiya pointed out that the tourism season in North Al Sharqiyah witnessed during the past season positive indicators in the percentage of profits, revenues, and hotel room occupancy rates, which at times reached a percentage ranging between (60-90) percent, in addition to that the number of licensed hotel establishments in the governorate reached “47.” A hotel facility with a number of 1,044 hotel rooms.
She stated that the added value of tourist camps as a tourism product in the governorate has witnessed a tangible and unique development at the level of the Sultanate of Oman. Where citizens or residents of the governorate in general, and the states of Bidiya and Al Qabil in particular, took advantage of the construction of their tourist camps in accordance with the necessary requirements and regulations in force by the competent authorities, and they were licensed by the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism, as the camps in the current period are witnessing more qualitative and formal development, which has taken on the character of nomadism in its components, in addition to To introduce the technical aspect into some activities that require it.
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