Harat Al Bilad historic site handed over to local firm

Energy Saturday 20/October/2018 15:08 PM
By: Times News Service
Harat Al Bilad historic site handed over to local firm

Muscat: One of the Sultanate's most historical sites is now to be managed by a local Omani firm, Oman Tourism Development Company (OMRAN) has announced.

OMRAN announced the official handover of the management of the Harat Al Bilad heritage site in the wilyat of Manah to a local Omani firm called 'Reconstruction of Traditional Architecture.'

The firm will manage Harat Al Bilad’s day-to-day operations.

Peter Walichnowski, CEO of OMRAN, said: “Historical monuments around the world always leave an unforgettable experience in the tourist’s mind and Harat Al-Bilad is undoubtedly one of Oman’s most perfect historical jewels that captures the attention of heritage tourism enthusiasts. The rejuvenation of this rich historical site will indeed improve domestic tourism and attract more tourists from around the globe.”

Over the past two years, OMRAN has also appointed two local companies to manage operations of Al Hoota Cave and Nizwa Fort, after being transferred to the company by the government.

Dr. Haitham Al Abri, Managing Director of Reconstruction of Traditional Architecture said: "We are delighted to be appointed as the official operator of Harat Al-Bilad, which was recently renovated by the Ministry of Heritage and Culture. We will work closely with OMRAN to add a new touristic essence to this historic monument in the wilyat of Manah in Al Dakhiliyah Governorate. The soft opening of the site has already started, by offering guided tours to visitors, and we are looking forward to upgrading the facilities and services and officially opening it in the coming few months.”

Harat Al-Bilad in the wilyat of Manah is considered as one of Oman’s most popular and oldest historical sites. It dates back to the 5th Islamic (Hijri) century and has been well preserved by previous generations.