Oman Tourism

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Chapter | Tourism from The Report: Oman 2016

2015 proved a record year for Oman’s tourist industry, with the number of incoming visitors topping those of previous years and wide media coverage promoting the country’s increasingly cemented status as a niche tourism destination. The preservation of the country’s natural surroundings and cultural traditions has allowed it to keep much of the spirit of “Old Arabia”, and indeed tourism has...

Oman’s long history of political stability coupled with its favorable international trade agreements and special economic zones has ensured strong growth in economic output and exports in recent years. The fall in global prices is undoubtedly a concern for the sultanate, but the sustained focus on diversification schemes, as well as the country’s ongoing spending commitments on big-ticket projects should ensure steady growth moving forward.

A steady increase in arrival numbers is demonstrating growth in Oman’s tourism industry, according to a new report from the country’s National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI).

To what extent does focusing on high-end tourism impede GDP contribution, and how is this strategy being reviewed to broaden appeal?

Perched on a rocky headland just minutes drive from Khasab, in Oman’s Musandam exclave, the Atana Musandam hotel represents not only a major advance for the sultanate’s own new hospitality chain, but also a striking attempt to balance tourism development with environmental and social sustainability.

While racing camels, horses and dhows number among Oman’s traditional sports, recent years have seen the sultanate engage in a range of more internationally popular activities. Golf, sailing, football and even cricket tournaments are all part of putting the country on the global sports tourism map, raising its profile as an international leisure...

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