Times of Oman
Nov 25, 2015 LAST UPDATED AT 03:14 PM GMT
Families happy at Oman's bachelor-free beach zone
June 21, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Children should learn swimming for safety at beaches, suggest beach goers. – O K Mohammed Ali/ Times of Oman

Muscat: Muscat Municipality plans to demarcate some areas on the beaches specifically for families within its jurisdiction in the Muscat Governorate.

Bachelors would not be allowed to gain entry into those areas. The move is part of the Muscat Municipality's initiative to make beaches more family friendly and give them an enhanced sense of privacy.

Families can use the allocated space on the weekends and during the public holidays. The decision will be first implemented in the beaches at Al Ghubra, Al Azaiba and Sarooj in the wilayat of Bausher.

"The Muscat Municipality will soon start demarcating these spots," said Malik Al Yahmadi, a member of the municipal council of Bausher. The designated spots on beaches in other five wilayats of the Muscat Governorate will be announced shortly.

The decision was taken following frequent complaints by families to the authorities about the lack of privacy as most of the beaches are occupied by bachelors. The municipality has planned to allocate a 700-metre long stretch for this purpose.

The Muscat Municipality will allocate the space after coordination with members of the Municipal Council of the five wilayats. The municipality will also affix sign boards on the beach, indicating the spots meant for families.

"Families visiting the beaches will be requested to dress decently. Besides, playing soccer will be prohibited within the allocated area," said a member of the Muscat Municipal Council.

"The Royal Oman Police personnel will patrol the beaches regularly to keep track of any violations," added the member.

Meanwhile, people in Muscat said they were delighted with the initiative.

Talking to the Times of Oman, Ahmed Al Balushi, who lives in the wilayat of Bausher said, "This is a very good news as it had become increasingly difficult for families to enjoy at beaches.

"The beaches have been taken over by bachelors who play boisterous games."

"The allocated spaces will give the families much-needed privacy. They can now relax without feeling out of place," he added.

Many women have welcomed the decision taken by the authorities. Aiysha Al Balushi said, "This will be a great relief for us. Often, we don't feel comfortable. This will give us a chance to have fun in a secure environment."

Meanwhile, the authorities are also planning to allocate some space to play football on the beaches.

"They are looking to regulate football on the beaches. This way, the connoisseurs of the game will not be left disappointed, although they will have to follow certain rules," he said.

To get in touch: fahad@timesofoman.com

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