Muscat: In order to lure more tourists during khareef, the Governorate of Dhofar has completed a number of projects in 2014.
In cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism, the governorate is also working on other tourist sites where work is scheduled to be completed by this month.
Work on upgrading and developing services and tourist sites has to be completed before the start of the Salalah Tourism Festival which will kick off on the second day of Eid Al Fitr.
Presided over by Ahmad bin Naser Al Mehrzi, a high-powered committee is supervising the execution of a number of service and tourist sites to attract more tourists to Dhofar during the khareef season. The committee is scheduled to meet next week to review the achievements and coordinate further steps.
One of the big projects carried out for the second year in a row is the 'Traveller Oasis' which is a main centre for delivering support and entertainment services to the visitors and tourists coming to Dhofar during khareef.
Located at the gate of the governorate, the centre will provide information and act as a help point, feature resting area, souvenir and gifts shops, restaurants, prayer rooms,parking lots, toilets and kid's area. Inaugurated in 2013, 'Traveller Oasis' received a huge response from local visitors and foreigners as well.
Al Saadah (happiness) entertainment venue is one of the new projects undertaken and completed this year. The venue is designed to hold new and special events different from the ones held in Dhofar during the Khareef season. Apart from the functions and events, the venue has a corner for shopping, which is called 'Ruwad', or pioneers, in Arabic. The corner can accommodate up to 100 participants. The idea is to help young investors and the SMEs market their products.
The venue (or 'Meedan' in Arabic) includes space for six restaurants, a coffee shop and an ice cream shop, all dedicated to the youth trained in Spain under the supervision of the Public Authority for the Development of Small and Medium Enterprises.
More developments have been introduced at the Al Meghaisel Beach for the second year in a row. Attracting a huge number of local community people, tourists and expats from other governorates, the beach is one of the most important tourist attractions in Dhofar.
The A'Dahareez Beach has seen big developments and is ready for visitors and tourists. An area for pedestrians, stretching 850m in length, has been paved and many facilities have been built for gatherings. Besides, family areas and parking lots have been built.
With visitors and tourists' safety topping the list of priorities, the Ministry of Tourism signed an agreement with a specialised company to provide rescue and relief services, in cooperation with the Civil Defence and Royal Oman Police. The services include the instalment of all required tools and equipment.
The Ministry of Tourism provides the travellers and passengers with unique on-road help, a free service available for any passenger or traveller encountering any problem with his vehicle on the road from Adam to Thumrait.
Anyone stranded on the road would have to call the ministry on 80077799 to seek adequate support and help from technicians contracted with the ministry to deliver this service.