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Talks to strengthen travel between UAE and Oman under way

Oman expects to add 10,000 hotel rooms from luxury resorts to budget hotels by 2018

Talks to strengthen travel between UAE and Oman under way
Oman tourism, Oman government, Oman economy

Talks are under way to ease travel between the UAE and Oman, the UAE's Ministry of Interior has announced.

Ways to strengthen relationships between the two Gulf countries were discussed by Lt Gen. Saif Abdullah Al Shaafar, Undersecretary at the Ministry of Interior, and Lt Gen Hassan Bin Mohsin Al Shariqi, Inspector General of Police and Customs in Oman, reported Hotelier Middle East.

The Oman tourism ministry expects to add 10,000 hotel rooms, from luxury resorts to budget hotels, by 2018, according to Salim Al Mamari, Oman’s Ministry of Tourism director general of tourism promotion.

The Ministry says up to US $35 billion will be invested in the tourism industry in the next 25 years. There are currently 315 hotels in Oman, with 16,691 rooms.

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