Muscat – Environment Authority (EA) is calling for investments in Al Saleel National Park in South Sharqiyah to make it an attractive destination for visitors.
Spread over 220sqkm, the park is located north of the wilayat of Al Kamil W’Al Wafi, 57km from Sur. It includes three distinct geographical terrains – alluvial plains featuring a wide variety of acacia and gum trees, vast valleys that split the mountains, and hills. The park is home to the Arabian gazelle, wild cats, Arabian wolves, red fox and Egyptian eagle, among a variety of turtles and birds.
In a statement, EA said, ‘As part of our efforts to support the national economy and benefit from the natural reserves in the country, the authority has floated a tender for management and development of the Al Saleel National Park.’
Interested companies can submit a report on how it proposes to develop the reserve and an action plan for its management. The investor must adhere to the principles of sustainable tourism development, preserve natural and cultural heritage, and refrain from engaging in any activity that adversely affects the environmental and cultural values of the site.
The last date for submission of bids is October 30.
According to the latest studies, seven per cent of the global Arabian gazelle herd is found in Al Saleel Natural Park.