By 2040, Oman aims to attract more than 11.7 million visitors, making tourism one of the most significant income generators in the Sultanate, at between six and 10% of annual GDP.
To cater for a planned increase in visitors, Muscat International Airport’s new terminal was opened recently, with the ability to handle 12 million passengers per year. A number of new hotels have opened or are scheduled to open soon, including the luxury Kempinski Hotel in Al Mouj, Muscat; the dusitD2 Palm Mall Muscat and the luxury development of Muscat Bay. Elsewhere, the former commercial port, Port Sultan Qaboos, is under development to transform into a major tourist and business travel destination with hotels, retail and cultural areas. Oman Air, for its part, is undergoing a major expansion programme, which will see the carrier operate 70 aircraft to around 75 destinations by 2023.