Omran today celebrated the official opening of Oman’s most popular natural tourist destination, Al Hoota Cave, following the implementation of broad enhancements to the visitor experience at the attraction. His Excellency Dr. Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Saadi, Governor of Al Dakhiliyah lead the opening ceremony joined by a crowd of officials, guests and excited school children.
Guests were welcomed by traditional Omani music at the reception and were given a tour to the all new visitor center as they discovered the history of the cave at the enhanced interactive geological museum which showcases over 150 items of rock, wood, corals and other unique materials from the surrounding . They also had the opportunity to get an exclusive first look at the cave and ride the electric train – the only one of its kind in Oman.
His Excellency Dr. Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Saadi, Governor of Al Dakhiliyah, said: “I’m very pleased to officially reopen the Al Hoota Cave for visitors to once again come and enjoy this natural wonder. Omran and the Ministry of Tourism have done a fantastic job to make this attraction an even better place for people to come and visit.”
Eng. Khalid Mirza, Director of Projects Development at Omran, said: “. We thank His Excellency Dr. Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Saadi, Governor of Al Dakhiliyah for officially opening the attraction today. Omran worked exceptionally hard with the Ministry of Tourism to enhance the Al Hoota Cave experience and to be able to welcome the first visitors back is fantastic”.
“It was also fantastic to be able to have such an enthusiastic group of school children to be the first visitors to new Al Hoota Cave experience. There is so much to learn about Oman’s geology and animals here but in such a fun way. “
“But the most striking difference visitors will discover when they come is the renovated visitor centre. It’s now fitting to such a first class attraction, and offers guests a complete family day out experience. We’re looking forward to again giving the opportunity for both residents and tourists to come and discover one of Oman’s jewels.” He concluded.
The school children visiting on the launch day were given a tour of the rich ecosystem, and were shown the four fascinating lakes to see if they could spot the intriguing animals who live in the cave such as the “Garra Barreimiae” blind fish and “Rhinopoma Mascatellum”cave bats.
They also participated in drawing activities organised by Omran during the event and were the first to experience the new four interactive stations with a live show of each phenomenon in the cave, which allowed them to learn more about feaures in the cave such as the stone formations.
Alongside the official opening, the new website was also launched, featuring ability to book online and prepay for tickets. The enhanced Al Hoota experience will enable people to get the most from their visits and the ability to plan a visit online means people can book the elements of the visit they want, creating a bespoke experience. Opening times are Saturday-Thursday (Except Monday) from 9am-6pm and on Fridays from 9am-12pm and 2pm-5pm.
For more information visit Al Hoota Cave new website: alhootacave.com