Oman: Omran to reopen refurbished Al Hoota Cave
Omran has announced plans to reopen Oman’s Al Hoota Cave, which has undergone significant improvement works
Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran) has announced that Al Hoota Cave will reopen in time for Eid Al Adha.
The cave, which is Oman’s most popular natural tourist destination, will open to the public on 5 September, 2016, after undergoing significant improvement works.
The refurbishments were conducted in a bid to improve visitor flow throughout the cave system. An interactive geological museum has also been integrated to allow visitors to learn more about Al Hoota’s history, and a children’s play area and gift shop have been added.
Commenting on the improvement works, Eng Khalid Mirza, director of projects development at Omran, said: “Al Hoota [was] the first tourist cave to open in the GCC […] in November 2006. It was critical that maintaining such an important and natural attraction was done comprehensively, especially to address areas of the cave that [had] been affected by floods.
“Omran has worked closely with the Ministry of Tourism to enhance the natural assets of the cave to create a top-class tourist experience.”
Al Hoota Cave attracted approximately 75,000 visitors per year before it was closed for refurbishment.
A 500m portion of the 4.5km-long cave system is open to the public.