“The World Cup in Qatar will boost tourism in Oman”

Muscat – The FIFA World Cup in Qatar is a great opportunity for Oman to develop tourism. The agreement on 48 daily Oman Air flights between Muscat and Doha will greatly help in achieving tourism goals, experts say.

The agreement is part of agreements signed with Gulf airlines that provide for more than 180 daily shuttle flights to Qatar, which will allow fans to fly in from nearby cities and reduce the pressure on housing in Doha.

His Excellency Salim Mohammed al-Mahrouki, Minister of Heritage and Tourism, tweeted that the agreement will support the tourism sector as well as SMEs as a large number of football fans are expected to visit the sultanate.

“The ministry will carry out recreational activities to revitalize several tourist areas in different provinces, including the establishment of Olympic villages,” Mahruki said.

In an interview with Muscat Daily, Amir al Balushi, CEO of Peace Gate for Investment, said: “Having Qatar hosting the World Cup is a great opportunity to boost tourism in the region, especially in Oman. This is an opportunity to showcase Omani hospitality, culture and heritage unique to the region to guests arriving during the World Cup.”

He added that the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism should prepare travel brochures and short films to attract football fans to Oman. “We also need to have special souvenirs for tourists who will come during the World Cup in Qatar.”

Nasser al Hosni, an economic analyst, noted that this is the first time a global event of this magnitude has taken place in the Middle East. He called it “a good enough reason” for tourists from all over the world to come and experience the region.

“This is an opportunity to stimulate the economy, create jobs and support small and medium enterprises in promoting their products. There will be a huge demand for hotel reservations and a revival of the tourist flow. The transport and communications sector will also be active because the fans will come in thousands,” Hosni said.

His Excellency Basil bin Ahmed Al Rowas, Deputy Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs at the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth, said coordination is underway with the Oman Football Association to recruit several World Cup qualified teams to set up camps in the Sultanate. acclimatize before the start of the tournament. He confirmed that Oman has sports facilities for these teams, prepared in accordance with international standards.

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