Wednesday, 24 Jul 2019 | 21 Dhul Qidah 1440
Long weekend is here: Residents opt for staycation as airfares increase

Long weekend is right here: Residents opt for staycation as airfares increase

Those seeking for overnight stays, Sur, Ras al Hadd (Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve), Masirah Island, Jebel Akhdar, Khasab in Musandam and Sharqiyah Sands are amongst the best selections. For day travellers Wadi Dayqah Dam and Bimmah Sink Hole (Hawiyat Najm Park) are deemed great family members picnic spots.

Local tour operators, hotels and restaurants are expecting brisk company throughout these holidays. A D Satish, manager of Coral Ocean Tours, stated such holidays are fairly busy. “The demand for dolphin-watching and boat rides is high during such breaks. Long weekends are a perfect period to enjoy our activities. We look forward to them and they are great for local tourism,” he stated.

All roads lead to Sur

“Sur is among the most beautiful places while its suburbs make it a preferred family picnic destination. On the way is Quriyat which has many other beautiful attractions. This makes it perfect route to take during holidays,” stated Hamoon al Farsi, a Seeb resident.

Some of the favourite spots in Sur are Ras al Hadd and Ras al Jinz Turtle Reserve. From watching the turtles lay eggs to stargazing and bird watching the activities are several. Visitors can also verify out some of the archaeological websites there.

Suraj Shroff, vacation manager at Zahara Holidays, stated with the increase of about 35 per cent in airfares, the demand for neighborhood tourism has improved. “Long weekend boosts domestic tourism,” he stated.

Scenic Jebel Akhdar

“I am planning to visit Jebel Akhdar with my family this time. There are so many places to explore in Oman itself. Moreover, international travel has become expensive so why not make good use of the local beauty and explore Oman’s scenic spots,” stated Abdullah al Naamani, a bank employee and element-time adventurer and trekker.

Trek and discover

Naamani suggests trekking as an additional fantastic alternative for brief holidays. In Oman, trekking season runs from September to May. Despite the rough terrain, hiking remains the greatest way to appreciate the sultanate’s scenic locations. From wandering about Muttrah, to following the groove edges of the Jebel Shams mountains, trekking enthusiasts can discover Oman’s most and much less traversed spots at their personal pace. For these who favor a fixed tour, there are lots of travel operators in the capital and other locations who offer complete tours.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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