In a bid to boost its cultural tourism sector, Oman’s Ministry of Tourism has announced a large-scale investment plan to restore ancient neighbourhoods in the country and build tourist accommodation highlighting Omani heritage.
The Ministry explained that these ancient houses and neighbourhoods show visitors the depth of Omani life in the past and gives tourists a rich cultural experience. Heritage inns, green cabins and guest houses will be restored and preserved to provide a glimpse into the local traditions of the Sultanate.
Oman Ministry of Tourismdirector Promotion and Marketing Department Saleh bin Ali Al Khaifi said: “Investing in heritage homes is a step in the right direction amid our continued efforts to entice more tourists from all over the world to come visit Oman. Therefore, we are moving forward with our mega tourism projects aimed at transforming old traditional homes into heritage inns with the best services, while preserving and protecting the old structures and the atmosphere of the neighbourhoods in our ancient areas. We will observe the highest standards in these projects, keeping sustainability and the finest hospitality in mind.”
The Ministry’s announcement is expected to boost the Sultanate’s tourism arrivals, helping it to reach 11 million local and international visitors by 2040.Al Khaifi added that the investment is aimed to both boost environmental and sustainable tourism in the country and to help the global tourism sector as a whole