With Oman set on diversifying its economy, the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism recently unveiled plans to develop Wadi Shab with attractions such as a zip line and water sports facilities. While some see these additions as scope for job creation and local tourism, others express concern about preserving the site’s natural beauty and cultural heritage.
Here’s what Muscat Daily readers said about the decision –
Salman al Kindi, Private sector employee
The development of Wadi Shab with a zip line and water sports facilities can be a positive move if done thoughtfully, with a focus on preserving its natural and cultural heritage. Some other places that can be developed are in Dhofar, which has beautiful beaches, abundant wildlife and historical sites with immense untapped potential. Developing eco-tourism and promoting its unique character can be beneficial.
Salim Abri, Salesman
This is indeed an excellent decision and I wish to see it developed at the earliest. The zip line will be a great excitement, mainly for children. Another place that has a lot of potential is Masirah Island. It offers pristine beaches and excellent opportunities for water sports, and to see birds and turtles. Infrastructure and marketing improvements can attract more nature enthusiasts.
Sunil Kumar, Businessman
The decision will definitely be a boon for tourism and create more jobs in and around the place. Developing such facilities often involves improving the overall infrastructure of the area, including roads, parking and safety measures. Some other places that are in my mind for similar development are the caves, mainly Al Hoota and Majlis al Jinn. The authorities can also think of developing Jabal Akhdar.
Anne Malin, Private sector employee
I think it’s a great pity that this wonderful location is going to be developed. I am so happy that I have seen it in its original state since the 70s.
Dharani Koyalkar, Architect
The beauty of Wadi Shab – and Oman itself – lies in the absolute ‘rawness’ it possesses. Going above and beyond by constructing zip lines, water sports, etc is only going to take away from the beauty and originality of the place.
Geoff Brouman, Tourist from Cleveland, Ohio, US
I have travelled to Oman many times. Keep it natural and unspoiled. If you want to see zip lines, go to the UAE.
Meera Venkitaraman, Homemaker
That would be a nice idea, as long as the existing natural wonder and beauty of Wadi Shab stays intact. It is one of the best trekking and tourist sites in Oman.