Published on : Thursday, October 11, 2018
Dhofar governorate is preparing to receive more European tourist groups during the winter tourism season this year. The Ministry of Tourism is also initiating several projects and a promotion plan in order to make tourism components of Dhofar more attractive.
Marhoon bin Said bin Mubarak Al Ameri, the Director General of Tourism in Dhofar governorate, said that the tourism activity is expected to witness significant growth in the coming years, as more tourists of various nationalities were expected visit the Sultanate.
More European tourists are expected to visit the Sultanate during this winter. Tourist groups from Germany, France, Italy, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Russia and other European countries visit the Sultanate either by flights to Salalah airport or by cruise ships to Salalah Port.
Ameri added that with the opening of more avenues, such as the Russian market, tourism activity will increase considerably in the governorate. It is expected that the number of Russian tourists who will visit Dhofar governorate for the first time will be 5,400.
The ministry has also developed a strategy for making Dhofar a unique tourist destination on the world tourism map.
The ministry also worked with various major shipping companies which own cruise ships to make the port of Salalah as the main stay to attract famous tourist vessels.
Al Ameri added that Dhofar has pleasant weather for maximum time of the year, making it a preferred destination for European tourists in winter. The governorate has many attractions, as well as natural components such as beaches, mountains, wadis and deserts.
There is diversity in its coastal, rural and desert environments which is also attractive for these tourists.
There are many sites in the governorate which are visited by tourists in the winter season.
They include archaeological heritage sites like Al Baleed and Land of Frankincense Museum and Samhram and traditional markets or souqs, in addition to natural sites such as sites of agriculture of frankincense tree and desert of the Empty Quarter or Al Rubu Al Khali. Tourists can enjoy diving and watching the corals and indulge in other marine sports and activities like dolphins, whales and birds watching.