New water sports at Jebel Sifah

Muscat, March 24th 2013
The scenic marina setting of Jebel Sifah is the perfect venue to host varied events and activities. It is now offering a wide variety of water sports on the weekend organised by professionals at Oman Sail

Muriya Tourism Development has tied-up with Oman Sail who will provide an opportunity for Jebel Sifah visitors to enjoy a variety of water sport activities that are bound to provide an adrenalin rush each time you do it. Every Friday, the stunning Jebel Sifah marina will be the perfect destination to visit to indulge in powerboat joy rides for families or to learn waterskiing, wakeboarding and kneeboarding.

The ski boats available can accommodate up to four guests at a time, taking them for a short trip along the scenic coastline of Jebel Sifah. On the other hand, kneeboarding, waterskiing and wakeboarding gives one the thrill of skimming the surface of water on a cable ski or a wakeboard.

Organised by Oman Sail, the lessons are professionally planned and taught by certified instructors. Each lesson will be of 20 minutes, activities will begin at 10 a.m. through to 4 p.m. with an hour’s lunch break between 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. The pristine marina set amidst spectacular scenery is the perfect venue for learning and enjoying a day out on the turquoise blue waters. Those interested, should sign up and book at the earliest with the Sifawy Hotel.

“We are constantly exploring opportunities to provide different activities to our visitors to Jebel Sifah. Children as young as eight years can enrol and learn a sport,” said Philip A Jones, Certified Marina Manager, Senior Director, Marinas – Muriya. “Furthermore, the waterfront itself is a calming and pleasing destination that will ensure an enjoyable weekend. Oman Sail, with its reputation for high standards, was a natural partnering for us as their qualified personnel will impart the best training that we want our visitors to have,” he added.

“We are pleased to partner with Muriya Tourism Development. Our planned activities at Jebel Sifah are aimed at Muscat residents, tourists and of course guests staying at the marina front Sifawy Boutique Hotel. All activities are run by professionally trained and accredited Oman Sail instructors, who observe the highest of international safety standards and regulations.We would advise all interested candidates to dress suitably, protect themselves from the sun and preferably book beforehand. Our expert instructors will be on hand to provide tuition and to make your trip a memorable one!” said Amy Harrison, Sales coordinator, Oman Sail.

Oman Sail

Oman Sail is a national initiative established in 2008 to contribute to the development of Oman and Omanis through the sport of sailing. The equal opportunity project runs sailing programmes for thousands of young Omani men and women, inspiring a new generation to discover sailing. It encompasses a national sailing squad and high achieving inshore and offshore racing teams, all of which benefit from world-class coaching and whose ultimate objective is to win an Olympic medal for Oman.

The programme has pledged to teach 30,000 Omani children to sail by 2015 at seven sailing schools to be built along the coast. The goal is to rekindle Oman’s maritime heritage while raising the country’s regional and international profile as a high-end tourist and foreign investment destination, through competitive sailing at home and abroad. Oman Sail seeks to instil confidence and to teach valuable, transferable life skills to a generation of Omanis.

Muriya Tourism Development

Muriya is a joint venture between Orascom Development Holdings (70%), a leading developer of integrated destinations and Omran (30%), the tourism development arm of the Omani Government. The company was created in 2006 to stimulate external leisure investment in Oman and showcase the history, culture and natural beauty of the country, in which time it has grown into Oman’s leading tourism developer.

Muriya currently has four development projects under construction; Jebel Sifah, located 45 minutes from Muscat, Salalah Beach, adjacent to the ancient city of Salalah situated in a tropical destination on the Arabian Peninsula in the far southeast of Oman, and As Sodah Island, an hour by helicopter from Salalah, located in the Indian Ocean and City Walk that will be located in the heart of the capital Muscat.