Around 250,000 visit Musandam

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The Governorate of Musandam attracted around 250,000 tourists during the first nine months in 2018. The ministry along with private partners and other agencies is looking to increase the numbers with a variety of adventure activities. 

The tourism season, which extends from October to April, shows an increase in tourist movement in the governorate in general and in the wilayat of Khasab in particular due to its scenic natural beauty and topography. Mohammad bin Abdullah al Dhahouri, acting director of tourism in the Governorate of Musandam, said that statistics indicate that 249,933 tourists visited the governorate till the end of the third quarter this year.

Visitor arrivals to the governorate in 2017 stood at 158,855 and number of tourist ships stood at 34. He added that 72 cruise ships too visited the Port of Khasab between October 2017 and May 2018. Dhahouri said that there are plans to give approvals for the establishment and implementation of eight hotel facilities.

The comprehensive tourism facilities are a result of the agreements signed by the Ministry of Tourism with some countries including Russia, Iran and India. Twenty-six tourism companies and establishments are operating in the governorate. A number of lands have also been offered in the governorate for tourism investment. Harim Mountain: Located in Khasab, the mountain is on an altitude of 2,087m above sea level.

It is a suitable destination for cyclists, mountain climbers. The place also includes some villages, parks and oases, such as Si, Khalidiya, Al Sahaseh and Al Rawdah that make it an ideal place for tourists. Recreational activities: Omran signed an agreement with the Ministry of Tourism in April this year for various activities. In July, the company announced its partnership with FreeStyle Divers, a specialist diving and water sports group in Oman, to launch a diving centre at Atana Musandam Resort to add new recreational activities in the region and promote awareness on marine life conservation.

The new tourism activities include climbing mountains, trekking on slippery tracks, mountain trekking, cross-strait trips and mountain biking trails. The project will activate adventure tourism in Musandam and support tourism plans. Omran currently owns and operates three hotels in Musandam. They are Atana Musandam, Atana Khasab and Golden Tulip Dibba.

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