Muscat – Environment Authority (EA) is calling for investments in Al Saleel Natural Park in South Sharqiyah in an effort to attract visitors while also conserving wildlife.
“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 Natural Park in Al Kamil W’al Wafi,” an EA official said.
The deadline for submitting bids is April 9, 2023.
Nature reserves in Oman are a major tourist attraction, offering scenic nature and camping and diving facilities to enjoy wildlife and underwater treasures.
Spread over 220sqkm, the park is located in the north of the wilayat, 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 eagles, among a variety of turtles and birds.
The park is considered one of the biggest habitats in the Middle East for the Arabian gazelle. According to the latest studies, seven per cent of the global herd is found in Al Saleel Natural Park.
The sultanate has designated it as a reserve to protect indigenous vegetation and wildlife, and encourage activities based on nature tourism.