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Oman's Al Hoota Cave attraction to reopen after renovation

Omran says Oman’s most popular natural tourist destination will reopen to the public on Sept 5

Oman's Al Hoota Cave attraction to reopen after renovation

Al Hoota Cave, Oman’s most popular natural tourist destination, will reopen to the public on September 5.

The first tourist cave to open in the GCC, the facilities at Al Hoota have undergone significant improvements and will be open for visitors ahead of the Eid Al Adha holiday, said state tourism firm Omran. 

The cavesystem is one of Oman’s true natural wonders, with Al Hoota experiencing around 75,000 visitors a year before it closed for renovation.

Khalid Mirza, director of projects development at Omran, said: “It was critical that maintaining such an important and precious natural attraction was done comprehensively, especially to address areas of the cave that’d 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.”

The cave system stretches more than 4.5km, with only 500m publicly accessible, however visitors can discover a lot of the systems’ history and features in the geological museum which showcases of over 150 items of rock, wood, corals and other unique materials.

The exhibition also provides four interactive stations with a live show of each phenomenon to allow visitors to learn about the formation of this stunning natural phenomenon. 

Responsibility of the development was handed over to Omran by the Ministry of Tourism in June 2015.

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