The number of UAE tourist arrivals to Muscat
Airport, the capital and largest city of the Sultanate of Oman,
has grown 30% from 23,000 in July 2008 to around 30,000 in 2010.
Oman has gained a reputation as the ‘hidden gem of the Gulf’
due to its unpretentious approach to tourism development. The
country is renowned for its pristine beaches, mountains, wadis and
deserts as well as its unique calendar of festivals which draw in
thousands of regional and international visitors each year.
is further reinforcing its hospitality destinations through the
ongoing development of projects such as the Six Senses Hideaway
Zighy Bay, the Swiss-Belhotel Resort Masirah Island, and the
Salalah Marriott Resort.
“Travelers from the Emirates and
throughout the world are attracted to the diversity of Oman’s
natural wonders, cultural heritage and event attractions. We have
something for the adventurer, the sports lover, the cultural
explorer or the typical tourist. Part of our appeal lies in the
Sultanate’s uncomplicated vision of tourism. We want to offer a
place that is peaceful, safe and full of natural wonders,” said
Gamal Sadek, Director, Sultanate of Oman Ministry of Tourism
Representative Offices for the GCC.
Travel and Tourism Council predicts that Oman will become the
third top tourism growth market in the world, and the first in the
Middle East in 2010 and attain 7.8% compound annual tourism growth
rate through 2020.
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