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North Al Sharqiyah Governorate in Oman Gears Up for Winter Tourism Season

As the winter tourism season approaches in Oman, the Heritage and Tourism Department in North Al Sharqiyah Governorate has finalized all preparations to welcome tourists from both within the Sultanate and beyond. Running from October to April each year, the winter tourism season is a key period for attracting visitors to explore the diverse landscapes and cultural heritage of the region.

Samiyah bint Hamad Al Busaidi, Director of the Heritage and Tourism Department in North Al Sharqiyah Governorate, highlighted the meticulous preparations undertaken by the department. These preparations include assessing the readiness of hotel establishments in the wilayats of the Governorate and ensuring their adherence to the quality standards set by the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism. The department has also focused on ensuring the safety and compliance of transportation means within camps and hotel establishments, verifying the validity of relevant tourism licenses.

Renowned for its tourism potentials, North Al Sharqiyah Governorate boasts attractions such as Al Sharqiyah Sand, wadis, oases, water springs, forts, castles, traditional souqs, and old neighborhoods. The department aims to fuel and enhance the tourism sector by organizing seasonal events focused on desert, mountain, or water adventure tourism, enticing tourists with a variety of activities.

Noteworthy activities include visits to the water lakes in the Wilayat of Wadi Bani Khalid, providing tourists with opportunities for relaxation. The previous tourism season witnessed increased profits and revenues, with hotel room occupancy rates ranging from 60% to 90%. The Governorate currently boasts 47 licensed hotel establishments offering a total of 1,044 hotel rooms, and tourism camps have experienced significant improvement.

The commitment of the Heritage and Tourism Department in North Al Sharqiyah Governorate reflects Oman’s dedication to showcasing its natural beauty, cultural heritage, and diverse landscapes, inviting both local and international tourists to experience the rich tapestry of the region. As the winter tourism season unfolds, the Governorate stands ready to offer a memorable and enriching experience for all those seeking to explore its unique charm.

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