Investors keen to develop Al Saleel reserve, Rock Garden

Muscat - 

The Ministry of Tourism’s (MoT) renewed push for private sector investments in building tourist infrastructure is showing some success. The ministry has said that two investors have shown interest to develop a wildlife reserve in South Sharqiyah and a geological wonder in Al Wusta.

H E Ahmed bin Nasser bin Hamad al Mehrzi, Minister of Tourism, said that the ministry has received a request from a Kuwaiti investor to develop the Al Saleel Wildlife Reserve in the wilayat of Al Kamil W’al Wafi in South Sharqiyah.

The ministry has also received a request from a local investor to develop the Rock Garden in Duqm, Al Wusta governorate with an aim to preserve its unique rocks and geological history. H E Mehrzi added that investments in Al Saleel and Rock Garden are going to be among the first private sector involvement in a nature reserve and an area of geological importance.

Under the Tanfeedh programme, which has laid down standards for private investments in nature reserves and wildlife sanctuaries, the ministry aims to transform the two sites into tourist hotspots. This is all part of major tourism investment projects to come up in all governorates, H E Mehrzi said.

H E Mehrzi also announced last week that the ministry was looking to promote adventure tourism. He added the sultanate’s first cable car project might come up in Dhofar as the ministry has received an application for investment in the project, while a cable car project for Jebel Akhdar is undergoing a feasibility study.

(with inputs from ONA)

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