The season of roses has begun in Al Jabal Al Akhdar, also known as the green mountain, where buds are blooming to be flowers.
With this, the arrival of tourists has also increased significantly which is more than the same period last year. The occupancy rates in hotels since the beginning of March was between 80% and 100%. This is an indication that promotions campaigns in the world, particularly in the GCC and European countries were successful.
According to the 2017 statistics, during March, April and May, there were 34,559 tourists who visited Al Jabal Al Akhdar. With 233,012 visitors by the end of 2017, there was a qualitative leap of 43.4% over 162,499 during 2016.
Hamoud bin Khalid bin Saleh al-Qamshoui, Director of Tourism in the Governorate of A’Dakhliya, said that Al Jabal Al Akhdar was famous for its many tourist attractions, specially the exceptional climate, where the temperatures are moderate in the summer and fall below zero in some parts of winter. This also helps in making environment suitable for multiple agricultural products and increases their yield.
He also said that one of the most important plants which people of Al Jabal Al Akhdar were keen to cultivate were roses. It is in good quality and abundance in the green mountain. The rose water industry has become a profession for many people of Al Jabal Al Akhdar as a major source of income.
He said that the season of harvesting roses in Al Jabal Al Akhdar was a major attraction. According to statistics, the number of tourists of Al Jabal Al Akhdar are continuously increasing. This because of its characteristics and unique features, during the farming seasons which included the season of plucking roses in Al Jabal Al Akhdar.
About the programs offered to the tourists during the season of roses in Al Jabal Al Akhdar, al-Qamshoui said that the tourists were free to walk in some of the agricultural areas where there are some villages also situated. They get opportunity to see the rose plans and watch the local people early in the morning plucking roses.
There are also some traditional factories which tourists can visit, after coordinating with their owners, so that they can get to see the old method of manufacturing rose water.