Published on : Thursday, November 23, 2017
Down the coastal road towards Salalah, tourists also visit the tropical fruit stands to snack on fresh bananas and sip coconut water.
In this desert paradise, regional tensions seem to be fading away, in spite of war raging across the border in neighbouring Yemen.
“Oman is one of the safest places in the world,” said German tourist Thomas Fink. “I wasn’t worried at all about coming here.”
Local tour operator Yousaf al-Mahrooqi, who organizes diving, fishing and camping trips, said that visitor numbers are steadily growing since Oman is now perceived as a safe haven for tourists.
Competition for tourist dollars has increased as more visitors flock to Oman. The country, which drew 1.9 visitors in 2017, is in the midst of an ambitious strategy to add another 800,000 annually by 2020.
“I can see it in the market,” Mahrooqi added. “I can how the cruise ships are coming now … Every diving centre, each day they are taking up to 20 people.