Duqm is characterised by its beautiful beaches and mild climate throughout the year. It is one of the wilayats of the Governorate of Al Wusta and located on the Arabian Sea coastline.
It is 550km away from the Governorate of Muscat and a popular tourist destination during summer.
There are many other tourist attractions in the wilayat. The Rock Park is one of the most prominent sites. The park is a unique geological site. Duqm is characterised by its pristine beaches and fishing villages, heritage and proximity to the wildlife reserve in the Governorate of Al Wusta.
The Special Economic Zone Authority in Duqm (SEZAD) has provided a suitable environment for the growth of tourism investments through setting up a tourist area characterised by a waterfront located on a coastline area of 26sq km. It has been provided with all infrastructure facilities, such as electricity, water, roads and communications. Dr Ismail bin Ahmed al Balushi, acting CEO of SEZAD, affirmed that the zone attracted many quality tourism projects.
He pointed out that there are 27 existing and ongoing tourism projects including 3, 4 and 5-star hotels, hotel apartments, resorts and tourist facilities including restaurants, leisure clubs, cafes, shops, water parks, apartments and villas.
He added that Duqm enjoys a special place in the National Tourism Strategy 2040, which has considered it as a promising gateway of business and commercial activities and an ideal destination for those wishing to take a vacation to relax and enjoy the picturesque beaches, which are among the most beautiful in the sultanate.
He added that the strategy proposed the development of a tourist area in Duqm in the coming years.
He further said that the tourist areas are considered one of the main components of the tourism development plan recommended by the Omani strategy study.
He affirmed that the zone is witnessing an increasing demand for investment in the hotel sector. He attributed this increase to several factors, most notably the investment climate and ease of application.
He added that the zone will witness an economic boom in the coming years. He pointed out that there are currently three hotels in Duqm that offer about 500 rooms, but the projected growth of the zone requires the construction of new hotel facilities. Dr Balushi furthered that in order to encourage tourism and attract more tourists to the Governorate of Al Wusta in general and Duqm in particular, an airport has been established in Duqm to connect the Special Economic Zone of Duqm (SEZD) to the outside world for the purpose of transporting passengers and cargo.
The operations of the new passenger terminal began on September 17, 2018. In addition, SEZAD, represented by the Department of Promotion, has prepared a proposal for operating chartered trips to Duqm, in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism.
He pointed out that the efforts to develop Duqm aim at reviving the city’s ancient charm and its authentic Omani heritage. The current plan will pay an adequate attention to the conservation of beaches at the zone with its various types of migratory birds, fish, historical monuments and rich geological components, which make Duqm an important tourist destination.
He said that a study conducted by SEZAD expected high demand for hotel services and the zone will need five to eight hotels in the coming years.