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Thailand embassy to facilitate top-notch health, wellness services in Muscat

27 May 2024 Thailand embassy to facilitate top-notch health, wellness services in Muscat By ANIRBAN RAY

Muscat – For decades, Oman and Thailand have been enjoying a deep-rooted relationship in culture, business and knowledge. 

To further deepen these bilateral ties, the Thai Embassy in Muscat will facilitate the establishment of private rehabilitation and physiotherapy centres in the capital, in collaboration with the leading hospitals in Thailand.

These centres will leverage Thailand’s expertise in healthcare, offering world-class medical services to Omani citizens. 

“Thai hospitals are renowned for their high standards of practice, advanced technology, affordability and exceptional services,” said Ek-Att Thitaram, chargé d’affaires at the Thailand Embassy. “We are excited about the potential to provide top-notch health and wellness services, including specialised treatments such as brain surgeries, to the people of Oman,” he said.

This collaboration is part of a broader effort by the Thai Embassy to promote their country’s services, products and culture in Oman. The embassy is keen to boost trade figures and encourage more Omani tourists to visit Thailand. 

“Our focus is on increasing the trade volume between our countries and showcasing the best of Thai culture and products.” 

Tourism remains a cornerstone of the Thailand-Oman relationship. In 2023, over 86,000 Omani tourists visited Thailand, taking advantage of the visa exemption that allows them to stay for up to 30 days. 

“The main attractions for Omani travellers include medical and dental treatments, particularly for complex procedures, as well as general health and wellness services,” he said.

It was also noted that Thai nationals visiting Oman can also enjoy a visa exemption for stays of up to 14 days, facilitating cultural and commercial exchanges. Nearly 1,000 Thai tourists frequent Oman annually, drawn by its natural beauty and welcoming culture.

On the cultural front, the embassy plans to organise Thai food cooking classes in collaboration with local Thai restaurants. These classes will target the hospitality and food industry professionals, the diplomatic community, and will eventually be open to the public. 

“Food is a wonderful bridge between cultures, and we believe these classes will enhance mutual appreciation and understanding,” said the official.

The Thai Embassy’s efforts to promote cultural exchange have already seen success with events like the ‘Thai Weekend in Muscat 2023’, held at Muscat Grand Mall. 

“The event will return in July this year, promising an even more vibrant celebration of Thai culture,” the official added.

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