The Ministry of Heritage and Tourism has begun restoration work of Ras al Hadd Fort in the wilayat of Sur in South Sharqiyah governorate.
The work is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2021.
The ministry stated that therestoration work includes renovation of hoardings, removal of fallen al sarooj (mortar), treating cracks on the walls of the fort, repairing the roof of the western tower and some rooms to prevent rainwater leakage, paving the outer and inner floors and painting all wooden fittings such as doors and windows.
The ministry added, ‘Iron mesh will be set up to close over 100 openings to prevent birds from nesting. Wooden barriers will be erected on the upper corridors on the sides of the fort for the safety.’
The fort’s restoration will include maintenance work of power points and lavatories.
Meanwhile, the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) stated that as many as 426,500 people visited forts and castles in Oman in 2019, registering an increase of 16.4 per cent on the previous year’s figures.
Of the total visitors, 251,080 were tourists from different countries according to statistics of the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism.
NCSI said in 2018, some 366,360 people visited forts and castles compared to 319,163 in 2017. It was an increase of 14.8 per cent.
The ministry confirmed that restoration work at Saham Fort has been completed.
The ministry continues to restore and maintain castles and forts that are distinguished due to architectural diversity.