Transport ministry to develop cruise tourism in Oman

Oman Wednesday 25/April/2018 21:23 PM
By: Times News Service
Transport ministry to develop cruise tourism in Oman

Muscat: The Ministry of Transport and Communications held a meeting on Wednesday on the development of cruise tourism in the Sultanate.
The meeting was chaired by Said bin Hamdoon Al Harthy, Undersecretary of the Ministry for Ports and Maritime Affairs.
The meeting discussed several issues, including: issuing visas that facilitate the movement from one berth to another inside the Sultanate without the need to take new approval and the seriousness of the presence of coral reefs in the entrances of the inlets and bays.
The meeting touched on the importance of having customs clearance offices in marine clubs and the importance of having marinas dedicated to yachts and small boats and discussing specific charges for yachts and boats that differ from the fees of commercial vessels.
The meeting came out with a number of recommendations, the most important of which is: non-treatment of cruises as commercial cargo ships because those arriving on board these cruises are tourists coming for fun and entertainment.
In order to preserve the marine environment, the participants recommended to the competent authorities to work on the construction of buoys in the places where the coral reefs are located, such as the islands of A’Dimaniyat, Masirah and Musandam creeks. The buoy system is used in many countries to preserve the nature of aquatic life and secure sustainable tourism.
The meeting also recommended the importance of developing some of the fishing ports on the coasts, such as Al Ashkharah, Taiwi, Quriyat, and Masirah Island, Al Lakbi, Hasik, Mirbat and fishing harbors in the Governorate of Musandam to be suitable for cruises.