Oman: Oman’s Ministry of Heritage and Tourism has approved 19 licenses for integrated tourism complexes, encompassing several projects across different governorates. These ventures, located in Muscat, Dhofar, South Al Sharqiyah, South Al Batinah, and Musandam, are set to redefine the country’s tourism landscape.
Upon completion, these ambitious projects will comprise an impressive array of 81 hotel facilities, offering a total of 16,576 hotel rooms. Additionally, there will be 2,552 apartment hotels and villas, along with 42,617 housing units. Furthermore, these complexes will feature golf courses, harbors, restaurants, cafes, and shops, providing an all-inclusive experience for visitors.
The Ministry emphasized that these ITCs play a vital role in enhancing the tourism sector by diversifying the range of offerings and destinations. They encompass recreational, commercial, and real estate facilities along with hotels. This multifaceted approach aims to elevate the quality of services, increase the number of available hotel rooms, and create numerous direct and indirect employment opportunities.
Moreover, the investment volume for the ITC projects is substantial, estimated at approximately RO4.376 billion for complexes currently under implementation and RO3.12 billion for licensed projects in the pre-implementation phase, as revealed by the Ministry.
Azzan Qasim Al Busaidi, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism for Tourism, stated that integrated tourism complexes embody a modern concept of self-sufficient tourism cities. He commented that “the integration of residential, tourism, recreational, sports and commercial facilities contribute to providing the foundations of a new living experience.”
Al Busaidi further highlighted the appeal of these integrated complexes to non-Omanis, as they offer opportunities for property ownership. These complexes foster a blend of diverse cultures and attract capital and businesspeople to reside in the sultanate, contributing to national investment efforts.
Integrated tourism offers an extensive range of facilities and services, serving as a cornerstone for tourism development.