Muscat: Ministry of Tourism (MoT) on Wednesday declared the details of 22 locations and the projects it plans to develop in various governorates and regions for investment in the tourism sector.
The announcement comes as part of the efforts of the ministry to support tourism development, encourage entrepreneurship and provide the Omani youth with opportunities to establish their own projects. In the Muscat governorate, the Ministry of Tourism floated a tender for 20,000sq.m location for establishing an environmental tourism camp and a 15,000sq.m location for establishing an entertainment centre.
In the Dhofar Governorate, a 10,000sq.m entertainment centre for women and children at Merbatt, a 10,000sq.m entertainment centre and a 5,000sq.m skating and entertainment centre were announced for the young investors' benefit.
The projects announced to be built at Al Buraimi include a 166,991sq.m hotel and shopping and entertainment centre, an environmental tourism camp spread over 107,077sq.m, and a four-star hotel and villas project stretching over 50,000sq.m at Hay Al Nafahat.
The investment opportunities available at Al Dakhiliyah governorate include a three-star hotel and restaurant complex at Samaiel, a 12,000sq.m entertainment centre at Jebel Al Akhdar, and a tourism camp at Nizwa spread over 10,000sq.m.
At the Al Batinah North and South, the Ministry of Tourism announced a 10,000sq.m tourism camp at Sohar, a 9,000sq.m restaurant complex at Al Rustaq and a 13,000sq.m environment-friendly rest house at Al Awabi.
At Al Sharqiyah, a three-star hotel at Al Qabel, an entertainment centre at Al Mudhaibi, a three-star hotel at Sur, a restaurant complex and three-star hotel at Al Kamel Wa Al Wafi, and a three-star hotel at Jaalan Bani Bu Hassan were among the projects announced.
The investors are offered the following opportunities at Al Dhahirah and Al Wusta: a three-star hotel and restaurant complex at Dhank, a centre for adventure tourism at Ibri, and a 50,000sq.m spa at Al Duqm.
The Oman Development Bank (ODB) is expected to play a big role in turning these opportunities into reality by providing the required funding to the Omani entrepreneurs.
Hamad Al Harthi, the acting general manager of the ODB welcomed the opportunities offered by the Ministry of Tourism, saying, "The efforts of the Ministry of Tourism are in line with its strategy to further support the national economy and optimise the tourism capacities we have in Oman."
The 338 tourism projects for which the ODB approved financial support since its establishment on March 31, 2014 are together worth OMR42,194,307. These include 61 hotel apartment projects accounting for 18 per cent of the total number of the tourism projects funded by the ODB, with a total worth of OMR15,319,852, or 36 per cent in terms of value.