OMRAN Group Announces Soft Opening of the Zipline Project in Musandam
26 February 2023
The Oman Tourism Development Company (OMRAN Group) has announced the soft opening for the 1,800-metre dual zipline project in the Wilayat of Khasab, in the Governorate of Musandam. This project is part of an integrated adventure centre designed to offer tourists unique experiences that combine adventure and exploration.
An exciting zipline project is the first activity offered by the Oman Adventure Centre, which is being developed as part of a comprehensive development plan for the region. Through this plan, the Musandam Governorate will be able to diversify its tourism market by providing a wide variety of quality products and experiences. This will enable it to draw out its potential and highlight its position as a prominent tourist destination in the region.
The Oman Adventure Centre was designed to accommodate a broad range of facilities, providing visitors with an integrated tourism experience. It has a waiting area and more facilities. Additionally, the zipline project will be managed and operated by LEOS, a specialist operator that runs adventure and entertainment projects on a regional and international scale.
On this occasion, Mubarak bin Ali al Rahbi, Head of the Musandam Governor’s Office said, “The Musandam Governorate has a wealth of tourism offerings that can be utilised to develop a wide range of tourism projects. This project illustrates our ongoing efforts to utilise these elements for tourism development.” He added, “We are confident that the zipline project will encourage businesses within and outside the Governorate to develop more tourism-related services. In doing so, they will contribute to the sector’s growth, aligning with our vision to place Musandam on the local and regional map of the most prominent tourist destinations, especially in the areas of exploration and adventure.”
Said Hareb Al Obaidani, Director General of Tourism Development at the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism, said: “The Ministry is working to stimulate development and investment in the various key tourist destinations in the Sultanate of Oman, especially the Governorate of Musandam. Our goal is to enhance the tourism services ecosystem with a variety of specialised multi-use projects that satisfy the desires and tastes of various tourist segments. Currently in its soft opening phase, the zipline project serves as a quality benchmark for developing tourism products and enhanced tourism experiences that we aspire to achieve.
The Ministry of Heritage and Tourism has allocated the necessary land and budget for the zipline project, which has been and implemented by the OMRAN Group in partnership with the Musandam Governor’s Office. In addition to the zipline project, we are also developing several hiking and mountain biking trails in the Musandam Governorate, installing informational and guiding signboards that meet all required safety and security standards. The Ministry is seeking, in cooperation with all partners, to explore investment opportunities in the Musandam Governorate’s tourism sector, aiming to make it an investment of choice destination within the tourism sector. Given the uniqueness of the geographical, natural and cultural elements within the Governorate of Musandam, it serves as an ideal destination to accomplish our goal of enriching the adventure tourism sector in the Sultanate of Oman”
Eng. Maysar Al Kamzari, Development Manager at OMRAN Group, said, “The zipline project falls within the framework of the Group’s efforts to achieve tourism diversification in the Musandam Governorate. It will constitute a qualitative addition to the Group’s projects in the region, which currently includes the Atana Hospitality branded assets. In addition, we are presently studying plans and programmes to enhance tourism experiences in the country further.” He added, “Our project was completed in accordance with the highest standards and specifications, and all aspects of security and safety have been verified, along with conducting more than 2000 experiments prior to the opening. It has undergone extensive testing by specialised teams per the controls and requirements set by the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism to regulate the adventure tourism sector, and we are extremely pleased with its completion.”
He concluded, “I would like to extend my thanks to all the concerned parties that contributed to the completion of this unique project, which we look forward to officially opening in the near future.”
The project has also generated great social benefits and added value to the local communities that surround it. A prominent example is the development of 3.5 kilometres of Jebel Fitt Street, which leads up to the Adventure Centre and the villages beyond. The development of this road has contributed significantly to the ease of movement to and from the villages.
Guests wanting to experience the zipline are welcome to visit the Oman Adventure Centre from 09:00 am to 04:00 pm, during the weekdays including the weekends and official holidays.