Muscat – Jabal Akhdar, renowned for its majestic green mountains, has experienced a remarkable influx of visitors in the first nine months of 2023, with a total of 161,974 people exploring its natural beauty.
The National Center for Statistics and Information (NCSI) statistics reveal that of the total visitors, 88,840 were Omani citizens who toured this one of the most popular terrains nestled in the Hajar Mountains.
The area gained significant attention in the GCC, with 11,824 visitors coming here from Saudi Arabia, 757 from the UAE, 992 from Kuwait, 594 from Qatar, and 434 from Bahrain.
Additionally, 5,189 tourists from other Arab countries and 53,344 visitors from outside the region visited the place.
Ali bin Saeed al Adawi, Director of Heritage and Tourism Department in Dakhiliyah governorate, commented on the allure of Jabal Akhdar. “Its temperate climate during summers and chilly winters make it an ideal spot for ecotourism and adventure tourism. Visitors are drawn to the diverse experiences it offers – from walking in the wadis to mountain climbing, from cave exploration to camping – providing a glimpse into local culture.”
Jabal Akhdar is surrounded by valleys, heritage villages, and caves, attracting those who love adventure and exploration. The region is also known for its unique flora, including perennial and rare wild plants like the Al-Allan tree.
Adawi highlighted the hospitality sector’s growth in the area. “Jabal Akhdar boasts 20 hospitality establishments – ranging from 3- to 5-stars – including nine hotels and resorts, one hotel apartment, two heritage lodges, and eight guest houses, totaling 726 rooms of varied sizes. These facilities have significantly contributed to increase in tourist movements in Jabal Akhdar.”
According to NCSI statistics, Jabal Akhdar’s various tourist establishments hosted 45,365 guests from January to October this year.
Adawi spoke highly about the vital role that tourism and service projects in Jabal Akhdar played in enhancing the region’s appeal to tourists of diverse nationalities, and cemented its status as a key destination in Oman’s tourism landscape.