Muscat, March 11th 2015 – Muriya, Oman’s leading tourism development company, is set to organise its third Jebel Sifah Fishing Challenge, from the 27th-28th of March 2015. Supported by the Muscat Game Fishing Association (MFGA), more than 60 professional anglers and enthusiasts are expected to participate this year to showcase their talent, display their catch and win exciting prizes.

“The Jebel Sifah Fishing Challenge is one of the key events on Muriya’s calendar of community engagement activities and plays a major role in transforming the Jebel Sifah destination into a bustling town that provides beyond real estate and hospitality assets,” said Marko Randjelovic, Marina Manager at Muriya. “It is an exciting opportunity for participants to explore the breath-taking marine environment around Sifah, put their fishing skills to the test and promote sport fishing by following the competition’s catch-and-release rules.”

Held at Muriya’s Integrated Tourism Complex, Jebel Sifah, the competition features two categories; the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) that includes Rod & Line and Fly Fishing, as well as the Open category, where participants can fish according to traditional Omani methods. Contestants can engage in only one category and prizes will be awarded on cumulative weight basis for the top three catches. If a Billfish is caught in the IGFA category, it will be caught-photographed-released with the weight estimated and added to the angler’s total weight, while each fish in the Open category will be weighed to determine the winner.

Participants stand a chance of winning complimentary hotel accommodation and dinner vouchers at Muriya’s Salalah Beach and Jebel Sifah destinations. In addition, younger contestants can compete in the Under-14 category for the chance to win a complimentary dolphin watching trip for four people. The Jebel Sifah Marina will provide free berthing, while the Sifawy Boutique Hotel will offer special rates to the contestants and their families. Registration for the Challenge is on-going until March 25th 2015.