Old Manah neigh­bour­hood to be­come tourist des­ti­na­tion

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MUS­CAT: An old neigh­bour­hood in Al Dakhiliya is tar­geted to be­come a pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tion.

Manah neigh­bour­hood in Al Dakhiliyah is the largest out of 1,200 in the Sul­tanate and fea­tures a taste of Omani cul­ture and ar­chi­tec­ture for vis­i­tors to en­joy.

Seventy houses in the neigh­bour­hood have al­ready been ren­o­vated and are now open to vis­it­ing tourists.

“There are tick­ets that can be sold to tourists, and prices will vary based on age and the num­ber of vis­i­tors in a group, and there is also a dis­count for cit­i­zens,” Al Abri added.

Ma­jid al Abri, Op­er­a­tions Man­ager at Al Imara Al Aree­qah Re­con­struc­tion, which is tak­ing over the project, said, “Manah neigh­bour­hood is the largest among 1,200 neigh­bour­hoods in the Sul­tanate, and still re­tains its unique Omani flavour, de­spite its hav­ing been built over nine cen­turies ago. Its walls re­main to this day.”

The Oman Tourism and De­vel­op­ment Com­pany, Om­ran, has as­signed Al Imara al Aree­qah Re­con­struc­tion to de­velop the Manah neigh­bour­hood in Manah, which in­cludes ren­o­vat­ing the neigh­bour­hood’s 376 houses, 11 ma­jlises, four mosques, three watch­tow­ers, and trans­form them into tourist des­ti­na­tions, while re­tain­ing the Omani char­ac­ter of the neigh­bour­hood.

The neigh­bour­hood also con­tains nearly 250 wells, ac­cord­ing to Al Abri, and its his­tory goes back to the 12th cen­tury.

The com­pany will com­plete ren­o­va­tion of the re­main­der of the houses, as a well as a fort called Al Bi­lad.

Manah neigh­bour­hood in Al Dakhiliyah is the largest out of 1,200 in the Sul­tanate and fea­tures a taste of Omani cul­ture and ar­chi­tec­ture for vis­i­tors to en­joy

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