Oman has announced plans to construct an iconic landmark on the scale of the Eiffel Tower.
The project was revealed in the government’s 2019 Implementation, Support and Follow-up Unit annual report and is considered one of the key initiatives to develop the Sultanate’s tourism sector and diversify away from a reliance on hydrocarbons.
The report said: “With Oman increasingly finding itself in the international tourism spotlight, this initiative aims to create an iconic landmark that a global audience could associate directly with the Sultanate of Oman.
“Similar to landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the proposed landmark would also function as a destination to attract tourism into the country.”
It added that the proposed landmark would form part of a larger mixed-use development, although an exact location for the project is still to be determined.
The Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Housing, and the Royal Oman Police will all be involved in the development and construction of the landmark.
The report added: “The Sultanate of Oman is endowed with rich natural, heritage and cultural resources that make tourism one of the most important sectors to focus on for the aim of achieving economic diversification. With this great potential, key steps have to be taken in order to further develop the Omani tourism sector.”