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Oman records increase in tourists during Eid Festival

Tourism in the Sultanate of Oman increased significantly during the recent Eid holidays, with many hotels in the country recording 100 per cent occupancy. The majority of visitors were GCC nationals and expats, and the hotels that experienced high numbers during the nine-day break included Masirah Island Resort, Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve and Alila Jabal Akhdar.

Oman records increase in tourists during Eid Festival

The Sultanate of Oman recorded a significant boast in tourism during the recent Eid holidays. Many hotels in the country in the Middle East recorded 100 per cent occupancy levels during the nine-day break.

The majority of tourists originated from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) with 41 per cent staying at hotels in the city, while 28 per cent were GCC expats. Hotels in the country experienced high numbers throughout the festival, and some of the busiest included the Masirah Island Resort and Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve.

Vijay Handa, the cluster general manager of Masirah Island Resort and the Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve explained:

“Most of the people were back after the school vacations and thus avoided long distance travel or visiting countries beyond the border” 

Another hotel that saw an increase in visitors was the Alila Jabal Akhdar, which overlooks a gorge and is surrounded by the soaring Al Hajar Mountains. During Eid, the hotel reported 85 per cent occupancy, as tourists relaxed at the luxury property which sits 2,000 metres above sea level.

Tourist attractions in Oman also experienced high visitor numbers, and during the festival, nearly 13,000 people visited Al Hoota Cave following its recent reopening. Staff reopened the cave on Arafah day and the first day of Eid, and it remained open for an additional three hours a day to keep up with the demand of visitors.

Al Hoota Cave had been closed for several years while Omran and the Ministry of Tourism worked carefully to renovate the natural cave and its facilities which include a restaurant and visitor centre. In the new few months, visitors will be also be able to enjoy zip lining, rock climbing and rope courses.

Khalid Mirza, the Director of Projects Development at Omran, commented:

“We’ve transformed the offering at Al Hoota Cave, making it a completely new experience for visitors, the number of visitors over Eid was staggering and just goes to show how excited people are about Oman’s natural wonders and finding out what’s new at the cave.”

Located on the Arabian Peninsula, Oman is a country that boasts a long coastline which faces the Persian Gulf, Arabian Sea, and Gulf of Oman. The country has endless sand dunes and golden beaches and visitors can visit traditional Bedouin camps or ride camels in the desert. The capital Muscat is home to traditional souks, the Royal Opera House, Muscat gate Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.

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