Ibra, Talal bin Khalfan Al Shuaibi, Director of
Tourism in the Governorate of North A’Sharqiyah, said that the
governorate has 25 hotel facilities. Here, the number of companies
operating in the tourism sector is 42.
The governorate is currently implementing a number of projects.
There are several other projects waiting to be implemented, including
apartments, four hotels, two green hotels in the Wilayat of Ibra, a hotel
and 3 tourist camps in the Wilayat of Badia.
He said that the governorate was preparing to start many promising
tourism projects to serve tourists who comes here to enjoy various
components including its wadis, ponds, mountain trails, sand, castles,
forts and ancient lanes. It is opening huge opportunities for private
sector. The future projects of this governorate are a tourist resort in the
Wilayat of Bidiyah, amusement and games as well as a sandy cycling
circuit in Al Wasil, a tourist camp and a hotel in Rikkah.
In the Wilayat of Dama Wa Ta’een, two hotels will be set up in
Sumahan and Mahlaj, as well as a tourist resort in Al Fulaij in Ibra and
two hotels in Suwairij in the Wilayat of Al Mudhaibi and Najd Al
Mahramah in the Wilayat Al Qabil.
On the private sector investments in the tourism sector and the
opportunities available in the governorate, Talal al-Shuaibi said that the
private sector has a significant role in governorate’s tourism movement.
There are many opportunities for the private sector such as running
cafes near water ponds in Wadi Bani Khalid.
There are a number of private companies which are specialized in
rescue and ambulance and sanitation companies in some of the tourist
sites in Wadi Bani Khalid. They play effective role in maintaining the
cleanliness of tourist sites including castles, fortresses, wadis and
In addition to this, there are investments of some of the citizens in
the tourism sector. They have started services like public toilets at their
own expenses. Then the ministry took them on lease for a renewable
contract for a period of five years to serve the domestic tourism
movement. There are such ten public toilets spread in various tourist
sites of the governorate.
On the tourist components of the governorate, Al Shuaibi said that
the governorate was one of the tourist destinations in the Sultanate,
which has elements such as wadis, most prominent of them are wadi
Bani Khalid which has beautiful scene of the range of trees spread all
across it. It ends at water ponds. Similarly, there are a number of water
ponds such as Dooda, Kinarah, Al Matjar, Al Mukhdah, Al Hajir, Alalah
at Wadi bani Khalid. Similarly, in the Wilayat Dama Wa Ta’een, there
are ponds Al Falaj, Al Murr, Al Sakhna, Al Misfah. There are also
Sands of A’Sharqiyah is one of the most beautiful desert camping
areas in the Sultanate. In these deserts, a number of tourist activities
are organized. They include driving 4 wheel drive vehicles and climbing
on sand dunes in addition to horse and camel races.
Also there are natural parks and public gardens in the governorate.
There are also castles and forts showing magnificent architecture.
Al Shuaibi said that the tourism department in the Governorate of
North A’Sharqiyah was implementing ministry’s policy in coordination
with the concerned directorates for movement in tourist sector. It is also
monitoring of all tourism facilities to ensure compliance with licensing
conditions and implementation of laws, rules, regulations and standard
specifications in all tourist facilities as well as decisions regarding rates
of tourism services.
Source: Oman News Agency