(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The Ministry of Tourism (MoT) has announced earmarking several thousand square metres of land for tourism investment projects with the main aim of boosting entrepreneurship. Twenty two locations across the sultanate have been identified as locations for environmental camps, shopping and entertainment centres, and a series of three and four-star hotels.
According to the ministry, Oman Development Bank (ODB) is expected to play a big role in these development projects by providing the required funding to Omani entrepreneurs.
In a statement, MoT said the tourism industry 'is one of the most important sectors to which ODB gives great attention to create more new jobs and develop the national economy'.
In Muscat governorate, the ministry has opened up 20,000sq m for an environmental tourism camp and a 15,000sq m site for an entertainment centre. An entertainment centre for women and children will come up over 10,000sq m in Mirbat, Dhofar. Another 5,000sq m here has been allocated for a skating and entertainment centre.
The projects announced for Buraimi include 166,991sq m hotel and shopping centre, an environmental tourism camp spread over 107,077sq m, and a four-star hotel and villas complex in Hay al Nafahat on 50,000sq m.
Investment opportunities in Dakhliyah include a three-star hotel and restaurant complex in Samail, a 12,000sq m entertainment centre in Jebel Akhdar and a 10,000sq m tourism camp at Nizwa. For North and South Batinah, the ministry announced a 10.000sq m tourism camp in Sohar, a 9,000sq m restaurant complex in Rustaq and a 13,000sq m environment-friendly rest house in Al Awabi.
Apart from these, a three-star hotel in Al Qabel, an entertainment centre in Mudhaibi, a three-star hotel in Sur, a restaurant complex and three-star hotel in Al Kamil W'al Wafi, and a three-star hotel in Jaalan Bani Bu Hassan are also planned.
ODB has approved financial support to 338 tourism related projects at a value of RO42.2mn, the ministry said. Hamad al Harthi, acting general manager of ODB, said, ''The efforts by MoT are based on its strategy to further support the national economy and optimise the tourism capacities we have in Oman.''