Omran hands over management of oldest Omani heritage site to local firm
Harat Al-Bilad is located in Wilyat Mannah
Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran), the government’s executive arm for the development of the tourism sector has handed over the management of heritage site Harat Al-Bilad to a local Omani firm, Reconstruction of Traditional Architecture.
The firm will oversee the day-to-day operations of the historic landmark located in Wilyat Manah to support the growth of the domestic and international tourism, a statement said.
Harat Al-Bilad is considered to be one of the oldest and popular historic sites in the country and dates back to the 5th Islamic (Hijri) century.
The collaboration between Ministry of Heritage and Culture, The Ministry of Tourism, Implementation Support and Follow-up Unit (Tanfeedh) and Omran ultimately aims to contribute to the government’s diversification agenda and introduce new tourism products and experiences, by working closely with the private sector and small and medium enterprises to boost tourism, the statement further revealed.
Commenting on the handover, Omran CEO Peter Walichnowski said: “Historical monuments around the world always leave an unforgettable experience in the tourist’s mind and Harat Al-Bilad is undoubtedly one of Oman’s perfect historical jewels that captures the attention of heritage tourism enthusiasts. The rejuvenation of this rich historical site will indeed improve the domestic tourism and attract more tourists from around the globe.”