The government promotes tourism, consistent with its
of economic diversification, with emphasis on the Muscat
metropolitan area and coastal towns where principal hotels
located. The Ministry of National Heritage and Culture is
restoring historical sites at Muscat and in the coastal
The forts at Nazwah, Ar Rustaq, Al Hazm, Bidbid, and
the interior are accessible by automobile.
Oman has seven international hotels, the majority
the Muscat metropolitan area. AZD Enterprises, set up by
Tariq Al Said, Sultan Qabus ibn Said's first cousin, is
a new tourism project at Bandar Jissah, a weekend coastal
in the north. The site of the planned hotel and sports
facilities, including a large golf course, will be near
Bustan Palace Hotel, the most luxurious hotel in Oman.
Data as of January 1993