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Tenders floated for reception centres at key heritage sites

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MUSCAT, DEC 25


The Ministry of Heritage and Tourism (MHT) has invited suitably qualified companies to bid for its contracts to develop Reception Centres at two prominent Unesco World Heritage Sites — Bat in Al Dhahirah Governorate and Qalhat near Sur.


The Ministry’s endeavour to develop full-fledged Reception Centers at these world-class tourism attractions reflects a strategic investment in heritage tourism. The addition of Reception Centres will support the transformation of these UNESCO World Heritage Sites into welcoming hubs that bridge the past with the present, inviting explorers to uncover the mysteries of Oman's ancient marvels while promoting sustainable tourism and economic development in the region.


Situated near Ibri, the archaeological marvel of Bat stands as a testament to Oman's rich history, featuring ancient beehive tombs and cemeteries dating back to the third millennium BC.


The proposed Reception Centre at Bat aims to provide a comprehensive gateway for visitors, facilitating their exploration of the vast necropolis and the distinct clusters of burial monuments that span the site.


Similarly, Qalhat, located on the east coast, unveils its historical significance as a major port between the 11th and 15th centuries. Renowned for its unique archaeological testimony of cultural and commercial relationships with Arabia, East Africa, India, China, and South-East Asia, Qalhat, now known as the Bibi Maryam mausoleum, is set to gain a Reception Center that aims to unlock its tourism potential. This development seeks to revitalize interest in the city's history, offering a gateway for visitors to delve into the echoes of its maritime past.


These initiatives align with Oman's commitment to heritage preservation and cultural promotion. The Reception Centres at Bat and Qalhat are envisioned as pivotal hubs for tourists, providing essential information, facilities, and guided tours to enhance the overall visitor experience.


By fostering a deeper understanding of the historical and cultural significance of these Unesco World Heritage Sites, the Ministry aims to attract both local and international tourists, contributing to the economic growth of the region.


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