TOURISM KEY FACTOR TO GROWTH IN OMAN

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.