There was a considerable increase in the number of visitors to museums too.
The Museum of the Frankincense Land witnessed a 15.5 per cent rise in the number of visitors (117,744) compared to 2015. There were 91,166 visitors to Bait al Zubair Museum (24 per cent growth over 2015) while the Children’s Museum with 24,883 visitors saw a 26.8 per cent rise.
The number of visitors to the Natural History Museum was down by 18.2 per cent with the number at 15,011. The number of visitors to the Sultan’s Armed Forces (SAF) Museum increased by 61 per cent to 20,121 compared to 2015, according to the NCSI data.
The number of visitors to the Bait al Baranda decreased by 1.3 per cent to 7,690 and the number of visitors to the Omani-French Museum decreased by nine per cent to reach 3,032. Ghalya’s Museum of Modern Art was visited by 2,279 visitors. The number of visitors to Bidiyah Museum was 1,789.
In 2016, three museums were set up, namely the National Museum, which was visited by 11,991 people, the Currency Museum, which received 585 visitors, and Al Saidia Education School Museum, which was visited by 1,515 visitors.
The number of Jame’a [large mosques] increased to 1,419 and mosques to 14,367 in 2016 across the nation, according to the NCSI data.
Schools and teaching centres of Q’uran also increased to 1,051. The number of pilgrims reached 11,064 of whom 95 per cent were Omanis.