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Oman gears up for domestic tourism boom this weekend

10 Jan 2024 Oman gears up for domestic tourism boom this weekend By OUR CORRESPONDENT

Muscat – Oman is gearing up for an extended weekend as the nation celebrates the 4th anniversary of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik’s Accession Day on January 11.

After the recent New Year festivities, the excitement continues with a three-day break, encouraging residents to explore local tourist destinations and enjoy leisure activities within the country.

Residents are enthusiastically planning for the long weekend, with many opting for staycations and nearby getaways, rather than travelling abroad.

Manish Kumar, an employee of a private firm, expressed his preference for local relaxation. “After returning from Dubai recently, I’m looking forward to unwinding in the city. My plans include a barbecue at Yiti beach with friends and their families.”

Popular destinations like Sur and Jabal Akhdar are also high on the list for holidaymakers. Sohail al Balushi, who recently visited Bahrain, is drawn to the serene beaches of Sur for the weekend. “The tranquil sea and the fun of beachside grilling make Sur an ideal place to start the year with family in style,” he shared.

Mohammad Abri, planning a visit to his mother’s home in Jabal Akhdar, looks forward to the mountain retreat. “Jabal Akhdar’s chilly weather offers a refreshing escape from the city. We are all set with warm clothing for the cool temperatures,” he said.

The trend indicates a preference for exploring Oman’s diverse natural beauty this season. The winter weather adds to the charm of local destinations, with migratory birds and scenic coastal cruises enhancing the allure of domestic travel.

Sreedhar Nair, sales director at Travel Diaries, highlighted the shift in travel preferences. “While New Year saw Omanis travelling to international destinations such as Georgia and Malaysia, the upcoming break has sparked interest in local travel and staycations. This indicates a growing appreciation for Oman’s own natural and cultural offerings.”

This weekend, families and friends are poised to flock to Oman’s deserts, seas, and mountains, relishing the pleasant winter climate and the country’s rich natural tapestry.

The trend signifies a burgeoning interest in domestic tourism, showcasing Oman’s potential as a diverse and captivating destination for residents and visitors alike.

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