Hire cars hit the high road


THE Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group recently announced plans to open new outlets in Oman in the first quarter of 2008.

With existing operations in Muscat and Salalah, the Dollar outlets will cater to the booming business segment as well as the tourism sector which has had a marked increase within the sultanate.
“With Oman’s tourism sector experiencing double digit growth, the number of rental cars on the road has risen exponentially. DTAG is successfully meeting this growing demand with new office openings to better serve customers’ increasing needs. No other rental agency can offer the rates we offer, the sheer range of models, or the exemplary customer service,” said Sam Eltibi, regional director of DTAG.
According to government sources, travel and tourism in Oman is expected to have generated more than $5 billion of economic activity across the Sultanate in 2007, growing to more than $7 billion by 2017.
Company officials anticipate that at least three new Dollar outlets are planned to open in the Sultanate by April.  Located in central city locations and hotels, Dollar will open in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Muscat downtown and Sohar.
Also, currently located in central city locations and hotels, Thrifty serves clients in Muscat, with an office in the shopping area Al Khuwair. Thrifty has an outlet for both corporate and leisure clients in the industrial and port city, Sohar. 
“The car rental industry is an integral part of the hospitality sector here in the Middle East, and also assists with the growing expatriate community locating in the Gulf. Thrifty’s 24 hour presence, personalised service and quality vehicles have enabled us to become the car rental company of choice for visitors to Oman,” added Eltibi.