Reflective of the growing tourism potential of the country, the new edition packs in 144 pages of content and is illustrated with captivating pictures of the Sultanate of Oman, mostly taken by celebrated photographer and His Majesty’s adviser for Economic Planning Affairs HE Mohammad bin Al Zubair.
Speaking on the occasion, the minister said, “The tourism potential of the Sultanate has been imaginatively encapsulated through the pages of DestinationOman and I can confidently say that anybody who reads the book would be impelled to visit our country and explore its charms at the very first opportunity.”
Dr. Rajiha added the government of Oman and the Ministry of Tourism in particular, is making serious efforts to further enhance the tourism potential of the Sultanate by creating world class infrastructure and amenities, at all tourist destinations.
“There are a considerable number of promising tourism areas in the Sultanate and accordingly the Seventh Five-Year Development Plan includes a number of tourism projects that will be implemented by both the government and the private sector. The most important of these projects include resorts and tourist facilities in Yiti, Seifa and The Wave in Muscat, Salalah, Mirbat and Shaa in Dhofar, Ras Al Hadd in Ash Sharqiyah, Ziqi and Haraf in Musandam , The Blue City and Shinas in Al Batinah and hers. The proposed high-speed ferry service scheduled for launch in late 2007 or early 2008 will cut down travel time between Musandam and Muscat from five
hours to just one hour. The service is also expected to usher in a windfall of business opportunities for the country’s interior regions, boost tourism and generate employment”, she continued.
“The mega real estate and tourism investment projects like the Blue City, The Wave, the Muscat Golf Club; the new star hotels coming up; the renovation and addition of rooms and upgrading of facilities of existing hotels; are all efforts being made to accommodate the growing number of tourists visiting our country now”, she further underscored.
Dr. Rajiha commended the team of DestinationOman for keeping the flag of the Sultanate flying high. The book which stemmed out from the immense popularity enjoyed by the website www.DestinationOman.com founded by Deepak Nair, is designed by InteracOman and published by Al Roya.
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