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MOTC holds for developing picnic boats Tourism in Oman
The ministry of transport and communications held a meeting for developing picnic boat in Oman which chaired by HE Saeed Bin Hamdon Bin Saif Al-Harthy, Undersecretary of ports and Maritime affairs. The meeting saw representatives from Royal Oman Police, Ministry Of tourism, Ministry of environment, Climate affairs, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of agriculture and fisheries and a number of companies and individuals operating in the business of picnic boats.
The meeting discusses many key issues most noted are obtaining the needed visas/passes to facilitate travel from a harbor to another within Oman without the need to obtain new authorization. It also discussed the importance of having Customs clearance offices in marine clubs as well the existence of berths and docks designed especially for yachts and small boats. The meeting also addressed drafting new fees for boats and Yachts as to be different from having them treated like commercial vessels with commercial fees.
On the other hand, the representatives address an issue with coral reefs existing in the entry of creeks and gulfs. Where also the non-existence of a buoy system to locate reefs was addressed as well the difficulties in determining the position of mooring for Yachts.
In conclusion the meeting delivered many decisions and recommendations .The picnic yachts should not be treated  as commercial cargo boats  as the arrival on board them are tourists coming for entertainment. For marine habitat environment preservation, the representatives recommended to place buoy system in mooring points where coral reefs exist like Al-Deymanyat islands, Maseera and Musandam’s creeks. Such system is applied in many countries to preserve marine species natural habitat as well secure a sustainable Tourism in such locations. They also recommended that a development must occur to fishing harbors located along the coast line Al-Ashkhara,Tewi,Qaryat,Half in Maseera,Al-Lakbi,Haseek,Merbat and Fishing harbor in Governorate of Musandam  to better serve inbound Yachts which will lead to revitalize Yachts tourism significantly.