Omran to unveil new Al Hoota Cave experience
Al Hoota Cave, Oman’s most popular natural tourist destination, will reopen to the public on 5 September 2016.
The first tourist cave to open in the GCC, the facilities at Al Hoota have undergone significant improvements and will be open for visitors ahead of the Eid Al Adha holiday.
The cave system is one of Oman’s true natural wonders, with Al Hoota experiencing around 75,000 visitors a year before it closed for renovation.
The enhanced Al Hoota experience will enable people to get the most from their visits. The ability to plan a visit online means people can book the elements of the visit they want, creating a bespoke experience.
Visitors will also experience a ride on Oman’s only electric train, which runs from the visitor centre into the cave.
A completely refurbished visitor centre will improve visitor flow throughout the attraction, and provide more history of the caves through an interactive geological museum experience. Families are well catered to with a children’s play area, a gift shop and a restaurant.
Eng. Khalid Mirza, director of projects development at Omran, said: “Visitors will enjoy a truly authentic and memorable experience, and we are really proud to reopen one of Oman’s incredible natural assets to the public. We’re expecting a lot of visitors to come and discover the caves during the Eid Al Adha weekend, whether for the first time or for a return visit.”
The cave system stretches more than 4.5km, with only 500 metres publicly accessible, however, visitors can discover details of the history and features of Al Hoota in the geological museum, which showcases more than 150 items of rock, wood, corals and other unique materials. The exhibition also provides four interactive stations with a live show of each phenomenon to allow visitors to learn about the formation of this stunning natural phenomenon.