Muscat – Residents of Misfat al Abriyeen in the wilayat of Hamra in Dakhliyah have set up an outdoor climbing wall to further promote their village as a tourist hotspot.
Abdul Rahmanal Abri, who is spearheading the project, said it was done in cooperation with Canyon Adventure and Tours company. The project, which began a month ago, was officially opened on Friday.
“The wall has been set up against an 8m tall boulder and it has three climbing tracks. These have been designed to suit children, adults and adventure lovers,” Abri said.
People can access it at weekends from 9am to 5.30pm for an entrance fee of RO3, Abri said, adding that tourist groups can reserve it on weekdays as well.
“The climbing wall is operated and managed by Omani youth from Hamra. They have undertaken a training course in the field of security and safety.”
According to Abri, the project aims to promote tourist sites in Misfat al Abriyeen, attract tourists and create recreational areas for families in the Governorate of Dakhliyah. The project will attract adventure lovers, especially during the tourist season, which extends from October to April.
Talking about the development of Misfat al Abriyeen, he said residents, in cooperation with the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism and some private parties, have developed many areas there. Misfat al Abriyeen has been chosen as one of the ‘Best Tourism Villages’ by UN World Tourism Organization.
“Bank Muscat, in partnership with the ministry and Al Misfat al Ahlia, had launched a project to develop the area. The project included the development of the old Misfat village. It created a unique tourism experience focusing on the old village, highlighting Oman’s tourism strategy based on a sustainable development model that benefits local communities and preservation of the country’s environment and cultural heritage.”
Abri added that the main components of the development project include restoration of the main gate of Misfat al Abriyeen and preserving its original features.
“The village’s iconic mud houses were also restored, and a bakery and restaurant serving authentic Omani cuisine for tourists set up. This development work in Misfat al Abriyeen was completed in November 2020.”
Of future projects, he said, “The Ministry of Heritage and Tourism and Al Misfat al Ahlia will set up a zipline. The project will include a 250m zipline for children and a 1,100m zipline for adults.”
Misfat al Abriyeen is a mountainous village located 1,000m above sea level in the foothills surrounding Hamra. It has become a tourist attraction in recent years due to its location as well as picturesque setting among old and ruined houses built atop solid rock foundations.