(MENAFN- Muscat Daily) Muscat- To take tourism deep into Oman's heartland by creating a robust tourism infrastructure in the interiors, the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) is calling businesses to invest in three hotel projects in Musandam.
'The ministry is pleased to announce the proposed tourist land for investment as it seeks to attract investors to develop tourism in different areas across Oman,' the ministry stated. It is offering three plots, with one in Hanna area in Khasab for a three-star hotel spread over 2,100sq m, another plot for a three-star hotel project in Mashihtan in Madha over 15,000sq m area and a four-star hotel project in Dahar Qeenah in Khasab spread over 12,250sq m area.
The ministry stated that with these projects it endeavours to promote economic activity in Musandam governorate and create opportunities for jobs for the youth. The last date for submission of documents for the project is November 15.
After overseeing the opening of 41 new hotels in 2016, taking the total number to 339, the ministry earlier this year had signed agreements with 11 companies to set up hotel facilities in several wilayats. The largest of the 11 agreements was with Oman Investment Fund (OIF) for 73,367sq m of land in Jebel Akhdar to build a resort.
The other big agreements included handing over 30,000sq m of land to Bawabat al Sahra' al Hadeetha company to build a resort in the wilayat of Bidiyah, 18,156sq m of land to Alem al Ijadah to build a hotel in Dima Wa al Taeen, and 15,000sq m of land to each of Muntaja' al Hara and Bahjat al Quloob for a resort in Nizwa and a tourist camp in Saham respectively.
The other agreements included, allotment of 10,000sq m of land to each of Ruba al Jazeera and Al Bathel lilmashari' al Shamilah to build a hotel in Salalah and Izki respectively. A 7,942sq m plot to Wahat al Khair to build a hotel in Dima Wa al Taeen, 5,057sq m of land to Al Muharik al Asasi in Wadi al Ain in Ibri to build a hotel, and 5,000sq m plots to each of Qalb al Muheet and Al Madinah al Khadra to build a hotel in Salalah and Barka respectively.
The agreements come as part of MoT's aim to increase the number of hotel rooms in Oman in line with its 2040 Tourism Strategy, where the ministry wants to provide around 80,000 rooms for accommodation: 33,373 hotel rooms, 29,287 vacation home rooms and 17,262 integrated tourism complex (ITC) rooms.
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