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MHT invites bids for management of Ubar archaeological site in Dhofar

26 May 2024 MHT invites bids for management of Ubar archaeological site in Dhofar

Muscat – In continuation of its mission to involve private players in the management of historical structures in the sultanate, the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism (MHT) is looking for partners for the operation and management of Ubar (Shisr) archaeological site in Dhofar governorate.

MHT invited bids from local private companies and small and medium enterprises for the management and operations of the site. ‘As part of our efforts to support the national economy and benefit from the presence of historical structures in the country, the ministry has floated a tender for the Ubar (Shisr) archaeological site,’ the ministry stated.

Investors will be contracted to manage and operate the castle for a period of three years.

As per the set criterion, interested parties must submit a study that includes proposals for marketing the site commercially and culturally, holding artistic and cultural events and workshops, and introducing various activities to revive the monument that is stated to be an unremarkable settlement on the edge of Rub al Khali in southern Oman.

Proposals must highlight the architectural uniqueness of the monument and involve the local community in cultural and social events. The deadline for submission bids is July 18, the ministry informed.

Ubar, the lost city, was discovery in 1990. Artefacts indicate the city came into existence before 2800 BCE. New evidence indicates that the site was destroyed around 100 to 200 CE, when a large limestone cavern beneath it collapsed.

The Ubar archaeological site, Al Baleed, Sumharum and Wadi Dokah in Dhofar are together listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site under the name of the Land of Frankincense.

The number of visitors to the Land of Frankincense in 2023 stood at 107,268. 

The ministry is developing several archaeological sites in Dhofar.

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