‘Wadi watch’ team for tourists’ safety

Muscat, August 27 – With Omanis waiting to celebrate Eid Al Adha at the end of this week, all precautions have been taken at the popular tourist destinations in Oman, especially wadis, to ensure their safety.
The Ministry of Tourism, in coordination with the Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources, has lined up plans to receive tourists.
As a precautionary measure, the ministry has installed signboards at various parts of Wadi Bani Khalid, located in the North Al Sharqiyah Governorate, warning tourists against diving in deeper parts as they are rocky and muddy.
It has deployed a seven-member “professional survival team”, whose task is keep an eye on visitors and ensure their safety at the wadi, whose lush plantations and villages close to wadi banks, makes it one of the top tourist attractions.
The team also advises people to keep adequate water.
The boards also advise tourists to dress up properly when swimming “as they are in a public conservative place”.
Fresh water flows from a natural spring at Wadi Bani Khalid, making it a crystal clear pools. Pools, the main source of irrigation for the bountiful vegetation, makes the wadi a magnet for tourists.
To reach it, one needs to drive up a winding mountain route. During the drive, one can’t afford to miss the colourful rocks and large date farms.
The green pools of the wadi are always full of local teenagers diving in the deeper areas. In some places, it goes to a depth of 10 metres.
Muqal Cave ranks as one of the best spots for those who love trekking and hiking. The trek leads tourists to Wadi Tiwi. The extensive green cover around the wadi provides visitors with the apt spot to camp.
There’s also a restaurant at the wadi that offers a variety of food.

Yahya Alsalmani