The Ministry of Housing approved (33) location for the establishment of tourism projects in a number of governorates in 2016 in coordination with the Ministry of Tourism in accordance with the contracts system of utilization tourist lands, as a contribution to support the tourism sector, diversify sources of income and the activation of the third paragraph of the Royal Decree No. (76/2010) which gave the Minister of housing powers to grant natural and legal persons of Omanis and others the right to utilize a part of land owned by State for the establishment of projects that serve the development of the Sultanate of Oman for a specified period.
In Muscat governorate (5) utilization contracts of lands tourist were signed including granting the right to utilize (2) land plots in the wilayat of Bausher, the first plot for the establishment the project of beach services in Al Quram beach with a total area (150 m2), and the second for the establishment of the project of restaurants complex in the wilayat of Bausher in area of (4121 m2). In addition, granting the right to utilize (3) tourist land in the wilayat of Al Seeb to establish a resort and a hotel with an area of (150,000 m2), the establishment of another tourist resort in the same wilayat with a total area (47,499 m2) and in Almobeilah in the wilayat of Al Seeb to establish a project of hotel and commercial complex with an area of (179,950 m2).
Furthermore, in the wilayat of Al Amrat a tourist land was approved by land utilization system in order to establish the project of hotel in Al Mahaj in the wilayat of Al Amrat with an area of (2,614 m2), as well as the allocation of tourism land use in Al Koudh in the wilayat of Al Seeb for the establishment of a resort and a hotel with a total area (15,000 m2).
In Dhofar governorate (5) utilization tourist sites were approved for the establishment of hotel apartments in the industrial zone in the wilayat of Salalah with a total area of (5,002 m2), also the allocation of tourist land for the establishment of a tourist camp in the Gharib Najid in the wilayat of Thumrait with an area of (20,000 m2), along with a resort project in the wilayat of Mirbat in area of (10,000 m2) and a Resort in the wilayat of Taqah with a total area of (30,000 m2) in addition to a traditional restaurant project in the wilayat Salalah with an area of (5,835 m2).
South Al Batinah Governorate
A tourist site utilization was approved for the establishment of hotel with environmental and heritage themes project in Al Houqein in the wilayat of Al Rustaq with an area of (9,246 m2) in addition to the allocation of site utilization for hotel in Al Allayh area in the wilayat of Al Rustaq with a total area of (10,000 m2).
Al Dhakiliyah Governorate
It was signed to grant the right to utilize a tourist plot to construct a hotel in Radet Al Busaid Area in the Wilayat of Nizwa with an area of ( 10,000 m2) and another hotel in Hai Al Turath district in the same Wilayat with an area of (31,461 m2) in addition to the allocation of a land of utilization in Jebel Shams in the Wilayat of Al Hamra to construct a resort with an area of (78,562 m2).
North Al Sharqiyah Governorate
Moreover, four tourist lands were granted for utilization right to construct a tourist resort in Fulaij Area in the Wilayat of Ibra with an area of (10,000 m2), (1) tourist land was granted in the Wilayat of Bidiyah to construct a tourist resort in Shajat Safa Area with an area of nearly (30,000 m2), (1) tourist land was granted to construct a hotel in Al Swiridj Area in Al Mudhaibi with an area of (4,123 m2) and (1) tourist land was granted to construct a resort in Najed Al Maharmh Area in Al Qabil with an area of ( 10,000 m2).
South Al Sharqiyah Governorate
The Ministry of Housing approved (7) utilization contracts the most important of them in Rass Al Had development project in the Wilayat of Sur on a total area of (1,971,823 m2) to construct hotels, residential villas, shopping areas, wildlife center and heritage center. It also approved a contract to utilize tourist land to construct a hotel with an area of (12,000 m2) in Rass Al Had as well as five tourist sites were approved to utilization in in the Wilayat of Jalan Bani Bu Ali construct a tourist resort in Al Ashkhara with an area of ( 60,000 m2), another tourist resort of an area (15,069 m2), the project in Suweih Area to set up a rest house on area of (10,000 m2) and the construction of a camp on area of (300 m2) in the same Wilayat along with the project of Tourist Aviation Club in Jawabi Area on area of (992,000 m2).
Al Buraimi Governorate
The Ministry of Housing also approved (3) sites to construct tourist projects in the Governorate including a hotel, hotel apartments in Al Aqdah in the Wilayat of Al Buraimi the same area of (1,530 m2). In Mahadha, there is a project to construct a hotel and tourist camp in Al Madam Area on an area of ( 50,000 m2).
Al Wusta Governorate
This Governorate is considered as the center between a number of Governorates; thus, (2) tourist lands were allocated one in Rass Madrakah in Al Duqum to construct a resort on an area of (50,000 m2) and the other in the Wilayat of Haima to construct a rest house on an area of (2,500 m2).