OCEC holds the first ever Oman Maritime Confex focusing on the blue economy

Growth potential and innovations to be discussed and showcased by industry experts at four-day event from March 9 to 12, 2020

OCEC holds the first ever Oman Maritime Confex focusing on the blue economy

Muscat - For centuries, Oman has remained a proud maritime nation. Its marine territory has always been a rich, bountiful resource on which many trades have thrived. Apart from this, the strategic location of Oman has been a boon for the country as it is a vital connecting point on the sea trade route. Oman boasts several marine-related industries and has attracted many investors over the years to capitalize on the same. It continues to do the same.

Showcasing the growing economic potential of Oman's marine territory and understanding the future of the marine sector is the aim of the Oman Maritime Confex, held under the patronage of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) from March 9 to March 12, 2020.  This event is the first of its kind to be held in Oman and it will take a holistic view of the capabilities of the sultanate's marine resources in terms of the blue economy.

Statistics obtained from various economic sectors related to the maritime industry indicate a continuous growth in these sectors. Self-sufficiency from fisheries was (193%) in 2017. Omani ports witnessed a good growth and the growth in number of tourists to Sultan Qaboos Port reached 41% in 2016. Gross volume of loaded goods at Sohar Port increased to 1.654 million tones.

This groundbreaking event – a conference with a concurrent exhibition - has more than 50 participating members and ten renowned local and international speakers, who are here to highlight the booming maritime sector of Oman that ranges from fisheries and tourism;  and shipping and logistics; research and development;  and how these industries continue to make substantial contributions to the economy of the sultanate and that of other nations.

Oman Maritime Confex is also a platform to connect various industries in this sphere to improve, discuss and exchange experiences. The conference is a tool to facilitate the development of projects, discuss the scope of investments in sectors such as maritime history, statistics & information, research, fisheries, marine professions, customs, shipping, packaging export, fishing and boat tools and accessories and tourism.

The exhibition showcases pioneering solutions relating to fisheries and fish farming as well as latest technologies, innovations and services that meet the demands of the industry including ship building, sailing, fishing and sailing equipment.

Eng. Said Al Shanfari commented on the event: “Oman has already taken promising strides in a new economic era. The country has upheld and valued its natural resources and taken steps to derive benefits from these, but in a rational manner, without harming the environment. However, the country sees great possibilities in balancing ages-old tradition, nature and business successfully. As the name suggests, Maritime Confex, is a conference and exhibition, and the first-ever such event to the hosted in Oman. This event reflects Oman's commitment to a future that is not heavily reliant on oil revenues.

Oman's people and its policy makers know that the country has, till now, only tapped the tip of the non-oil opportunities that it is blessed with. Oman has beauty, a great investment climate, and age-old maritime history. This event will definitely be a boost for the maritime sector.”

The Oman Maritime Confex, organized by the OCEC in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fishery and the sponsorship of Omani Business Services Center (Tasaheel) and Oman LNG and Sacvia Expo,  will be of interest to government entities, individuals and businesses operating in the sector.

About OCEC

The Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre is located in its own fully integrated precinct only four kilometres from Muscat International Airport.

The design of the Centre ensures a flow of the meeting spaces to suit the most discerning conference and exhibition organizers. It also incorporates expansive concourse areas to enable ease of large delegations with floor to ceiling windows overlooking landscaped gardens and water features.

The Centre features the Madinat Al Irfan Theatre which seats 3,200 and a 456 Auditorium, while the five exhibition halls feature 22,396 square meters of column-free exhibition space. Hall 1 acts as a multi-purpose space for plenary sessions, concerts, performances and gala dinners on a larger scale. Halls 1 & 2 combined can seat over 10,000 seated in theatre-style. The Centre also includes an additional 20 meeting rooms for 25-360 delegates, the Grand Ballroom seats up to 1000 guests in banquet style, the Junior Ballroom seats up to 540 guests for a banquet, 10 hospitality suites, and a VIP Pavilion. In total the Centre offers over 55 meeting space options plus a multi-storey car park with a capacity for 4,000 vehicles.

The precinct provides the infrastructure necessary to host successful international, regional and local events and is there for the enjoyment of delegates, visitors and the local community. The precinct includes a JW Marriott Hotel (five star) linked to the Convention Centre, and Crowne Plaza Hotel (four star)in walking distance. A business park, surrounded by a nature reserve, which is a haven for Oman’s exotic birdlife, together with parklands and a wadi (valley), are also part of this picturesque precinct.

 About OMRAN

Oman Tourism Development Company SAOC (Omran) drives the investment, growth and development of the rapidly growing tourism sector in the Sultanate of Oman. The company is the master developer of major tourism, heritage, urban and mixed-use projects, delivering some of nation’s most visionary and iconic destinations. As the leading executive government arm for tourism development, Omran has a proven track record of delivering tourism and related projects to a world-class standard, due to our core philosophy of sustainability, transparency and partnering with renowned regional and international investors.

Importantly, by working in close collaboration with the local communities, as well as the public and private sector, sustainability is built into every project. The company’s portfolio of projects, asset management expertise and investment experience embraces the unique aspects of Oman’s culture and heritage, while safeguarding the natural beauty of the country for the future generations.

For press inquiries and image requests, please contact:

Manal Al Kiyumi
Marketing & Communications Manager
Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre
Telephone: +968 9258 5501
Email: malkiyumi@ocec.om 

Mohamed Al Salmi
The Story Teller
Telephone: +96899879879
Email: Mohamed.salmi@tst.om 

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