Via ferrata planned to up Musandam’s adventure game
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.’
Omran has invited companies to bid for a tender to design and commission a via ferrata