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Published on : Wednesday, May 25, 2016
The ‘Discover Oman’s Beauty’ exhibition, organised by the Ministry of Tourism, was inaugurated under the auspices of H.H Sayyid Faisal Bin Turki Al Said, Director General of Investment Promotion in the Public Authority for Investment Promotion & Export Development –Ithraa at Muscat City Centre, Seeb, today, in the presence of dignitaries from the Ministry.
The three-day exhibition which was organised from 19 to 21 May, 2016, had over 30 hotels and travel partners showcase their packages and offers for domestic tourist this summer.
The promotional packages give you the option to visit the cooler and greener part of the country, and engage in activities that are perfect to beat the summer heat.
There are packages to suit everyone’s interest and are meant to bring the family and friends together. If adventure is in your vain, there are offers that include a trip up the Hajar Mountains where you can reach up the mouth of the canyon of Wadi Al Mu’aydin and hike into the heart of the deep ravine, past palm groves and turquoise pools and camp on the Saiq Plateau. To experience something off the beaten track, you can follow that looping path that takes you to the tiny village of Ar Russ.
Or you can go up Al Jabal Al Akhdar and learn about bush craft and navigation, and all the basis survival skills required for a good camping experience, including how to start a fire with flint and steel. You can spend a day doing abseiling practice, followed by a 20m abseil Jebel.
Then there are tours that take you the cultural capital of Nizwa to explore its famous Souq and Fort, and followed by a trip to the village of Tanuf to admire the old ruins or you can choose to walk along the riverbed for a tranquil experience.
There are also options that take you to Salalah and take you around the city to visit places like Job’s Tomb, Mughsail Beach, Sarfayt and Frankincense trees. You can even choose to take a four-wheel tour to Bahla, Jibreen Fort, Jabal Shams or go to Wadi Bani Khalid and see how dhows are created at the Sur Dhow Factory.
Get onboard a ferry to head to Masirah Island and spend time at kite surfing in the beautiful coastline. There are arrangements in place for beginners to learn basics of kite surfing at the kite camps.
Other than these, the campaign also includes offers from leading three to five-star hotels to provide stays at reduced rates.
Speaking about the exhibition, Salim Adi Al Mamari, Director General for Tourism Promotion in the Ministry of Tourism, said, “We want our citizens and residents to come in big number to the three-day exhibition to participate and avail these packages.
Summers holidays are all about exploring different locations with families and there are some many gems within the Sultanate that must be experienced. Domestic tourism is very important to the Ministry and we will continue to take all efforts to promote it with our people.”
As part of the campaign, which will be on until September, the Ministry has partnered with Hala FM as the main Media Sponsor to host contests and give away exciting prizes, and with Ooredoo as the Telecommunications Sponsor.