The port received 35,600 tourists in November alone who arrived in 19 cruise ships. The three ships – Horizon Pullmantur, AIDAbella and MSC Splendida – were carrying 6,000 tourists. Horizon alone was carrying 1,200 tourists and 611 crew members.
The Ministry of Tourism has prepared a welcome reception programme for tourists on cruise ships. The programme includes an exhibition of handicraft industries, performances of Omani folk arts, a tent reflecting the life in the desert, and many other recreational activities to promote tourism and cultural elements in the sultanate.