Speaking to Muscat Daily, Ali al Ajmi, director of Tourism Department in South Batinah, said, “The event will include contests, folklore and various theatrical performances. Many schools will be involved. We will offer awards to them.”
The event aims to boost domestic tourism, he said.
“It aims to spread tourism awareness among schoolchildren and youth. It also looks at ways to promote castles and forts. The slogan of the event is ‘Tourism and jobs: Better future for all’.”
Ajmi also spoke about Rustaq’s famous and historical landmarks.
Al Hazm Castle was built by Imam Sultan bin Saif al Ya’rubi in the early 18th century. The castle features a beautiful wooden door with intricate carvings. The castle’s uniqueness lies in its roof that is held by columns instead of the traditional wooden support.
Talking about planning for tourism promotion, Ajmi said, “Most of the wilayats here such as Rustaq, Nakhal, Mussanah and Awabi have a number of tourist sites. We are in touch with several schools and associations to organise different events throughout the year.”