Tourism in Musandam Governorate A Major Pillar of Economic Development
Khasab, 25 Apr (ONA) --- Tourism constitutes one of the main pillars of economic development in the Governorate of Musandam, which is experiencing steady growth in the number of visitors and cruise ships.
This stems from the fact that Oman’s northern governorate boasts major natural assets that are enhanced by modern infrastructure of the tourism sector and development projects.
In addition, the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism undertakes great efforts to highlight the governorate’s unique features that combine adventure tourism, leisure facilities, cultural tourism and heritage tourism.
To highlight these features, the activities of a tourism programme titled "Musandam Carnival" will kick off at Bassa Beach in the Wilayat of Khasab. The three-day event will showcase a broad range of entertainment programmes aimed at addressing all segments of society.
Statistics show that the number of historical and archaeological monuments registered in the governorate stood at 46 archaeological landmarks, including towers, mosques, forts and castles, in addition to 3 ancient tombs and 115 avenues.
Nawfal Mohammed Al Kumzari, Assistant Director of Musandam’s Heritage and Tourism Department, said that the governorate has eight hotel establishments (1-5 stars) providing 512 rooms in addition to hotel apartments and green lodgings.
Al Kumzari pointed out that emphasis is laid on heritage and tourism projects, including offering castles and fortresses for investment, while the Ministry is also exerting efforts to support and develop private museums, he explained.
He added that the Governorate of Musandam is also hosting the activities of XTERRA Musandam 2023 Championships, which is a global event that combines tourism promotion and adventure sports. He stressed that XTERRA Musandam 2023 Championships emerges as one of the largest sports brands in mountain triathlon races, he said.