Via fer­rata planned to up Mu­san­dam’s ad­ven­ture game

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

In line with its aim to de­velop ad­ven­ture ac­tiv­i­ties in Mu­san­dam, Oman Tourism De­vel­op­ment Com­pany (Om­ran), is invit­ing com­pa­nies to bid for a ten­der to de­sign and com­mis­sion a via fer­rata in the north­ern-most gov­er­norate of the sul­tanate.

The sul­tanate’s ex­ec­u­tive arm for the de­vel­op­ment of tourism sec­tor, Om­ran plans to bring a wide range of ad­ven­ture ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing a via fer­rata, zi­pline, hik­ing trails, cross isth­mus and moun­tain bik­ing trails in Mu­san­dam. This, it feels, will cre­ate unique ex­pe­ri­ences to fur­ther boost tourism of­fer­ings and at­tract both lo­cal, re­gional and in­ter­na­tional trav­ellers ea­ger to ex­plore Oman.

The scope of the ten­der in­cludes de­sign, sup­ply, in­stal­la­tion, test­ing and com­mis­sion­ing of via fer­rata for dif­fer­ent skill lev­els with op­tions to ex­pand in fu­ture. The com­pany is propos­ing dif­fer­ent routes for peo­ple with dif­fer­ent lev­els of skills. Easy routes with good footholds and easy hand place­ments, one wire bridge where mod­er­ate strength and some skills are re­quired, a zi­pline across the wadi and a ty­rolean tra­verse.

‘The se­lected con­trac­tor shall be re­spon­si­ble for the tech­ni­cal re­view dur­ing con­struc­tion and should be con­sid­ered as a turn key so­lu­tion to the em­ployer,’ stated Om­ran.

The bid­ding is open to con­trac­tors with pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence of sup­ply and in­stal­la­tion of via fer­rata and sim­i­lar work.

Some of the pop­u­lar via fer­rata sites over­seen in­clude the Wadi An Nakhur (Grand Canyon) pub­lic Via Fer­rata (VF1 & VF2), lo­cated near Jebel Shams and Alila Ja­bal Akhdar Re­sort, which of­fers a pri­vately-op­er­ated and guided via fer­rata ex­pe­ri­ence over­look­ing Wadi al Kawr.

Peter Walich­nowski, CEO,

Om­ran, said, “Mu­san­dam is truly a beau­ti­ful des­ti­na­tion and is well-known for its sea and moun­tain ad­ven­tures, as well as fam­ily -friendly ac­tiv­i­ties such as dol­phin watch­ing and fish­ing. Through this project, we aim to in­crease the num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties avail­able to vis­i­tors, whilst pre­serv­ing the penin­sula’s nat­u­ral beauty and safe­guard­ing it for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.”

He added, “In ad­di­tion to boost­ing tourism in the sul­tanate, this project will also cre­ate new job op­por­tu­ni­ties, as well as project op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal SMEs.

This is in line with our on­go­ing com­mit­ment to nur­ture Omani tal­ent, sup­port the econ­omy and strengthen our ties with the pri­vate sec­tor.”

Om­ran and Min­istry of Tourism had signed an agree­ment in 2018 to de­velop mul­ti­ple new ad­ven­ture ac­tiv­i­ties in Mu­san­dam.

The com­pany at the time had said, ‘Mu­san­dam is truly a beau­ti­ful des­ti­na­tion and is well-known for its sea and moun­tain ad­ven­tures, as well as fam­ily-friendly ac­tiv­i­ties such as dol­phin watch­ing and fish­ing.’

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Om­ran has in­vited com­pa­nies to bid for a ten­der to de­sign and com­mis­sion a via fer­rata

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