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Oman showcases sustainable projects at Expo 2020

DUBAI, November 16, 2021

The Oman Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai hosts Omani projects of sustainable nature including the Sustainability Forest and the Million Date Palm Plantation Project, a media report said.

The latter has 11 farms so far that are spread in different regions of the Sultanate of Oman, such as Ibri, Nizwa, Al Safa, and Rahab, reported Oman News Agency (ONA).

Each of these farms is home to between 10 to 100 thousand palm trees. The project aims to achieve food security and economic growth. With the funding of Oman Technology Fund, Engineers Malek and Younis from Wakan Tech are using drone technology to pollinate date palm trees, 300 times faster than traditional pollination.

Waleed and his team at Blue Waters Company and Fisheries Development Oman are developing a high-tech Fish Farming Station to further develop the Aquaculture sector in Oman, benefiting from the length of the Omani costs extending to 3,165 km and overlooking the Arabian Sea and Sea of Oman, and ultimately fulfilling food security and economic growth.
The Sustainability Forest at Oman Pavilion also hosts a cooperation project between Oman and the UAE. They join forces to harvest the power of wind to produce sustainable electricity. Set in Harweel, Oman, the Dhofar Wind Power Project is the first large-scale wind project in the Arabian Gulf region. This project is a collaboration between Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) and the Rural Areas Electricity Company of Oman (Tanweer).

Madinat Al Irfan, a sustainable urban development by Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran) is coming to life in the city of Muscat. The award-winning design created by Omani architects is adapted to the urban habitat of Oman, attaining a unique standard for its residents, businessmen and tourists.

Madinat Al Irfan is the product of an exciting ambition to establish a new urban centre within Muscat. Situated in close proximity to the new international airport and enjoying excellent transport connections to the capital area and beyond, Madinat Al Irfan will become the gateway to Oman; creating a new downtown for residents, for business and for visitors. The city will establish an integrated, sustainable and inclusive community, catering for different ages, income groups, and ethnicities.

The Oman Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai also showcases the first Botanic Garden in Oman and the largest in the Arabian Peninsula. The garden exclusively hosts the country’s native plants.

 The Oman Pavilion also sheds light on Oman’s spectacular beauty that never fails to astonish its visitors. The marvelous beauty of Oman is a breathtaking portrayal of the natural wonders across the Sultanate. Beginning from the summer’s sunny mountains to the monsoon's foggy rainfalls in the Governorate of Dhofar, moving to the winter’s golden desert sands in the Governorate of South A'Sharqiyah and ending with the spring’s green valleys, the tourist season in Oman is an ongoing journey of exploration.

The pavilion also hosts Frankincense Crystals Section that shows knowledge-based economic projects, such as e-Mushrif Inc., which is Muscat based IoT and Artificial Intelligence (AI) product provider. It uses a locally developed and engineered system to allow parents to track their children’s ride on the school bus, ensuring their safe travels. During the Covid-19 pandemic, e-Mushrif’s products "Rased" and "Sahala" managed the quarantine of patients and returning passengers.

 The Sultan Qaboos Academic Chair for Quantitative Water Management is present at the Oman Pavilion in Expo 2020 Dubai to lay emphasis on sustainability at the pavilion. The Chair is one of 16 academic chairs and scholarships spread across prestigious universities around the world, focusing on different majors, in the name of the late Sultan Qaboos. The Utrecht University Chair in the Netherlands researches the similarities and differences in water problems, and solutions in the wet deltas of the Western world, as well as the extremely dry areas in the Middle East.

Dr Fatma Al Maamari, winner of the 2019 L’Oreal-Unesco for Women in Science Fellowship, is using spintronics technology to develop an eco-friendly substitute of Rare Earth Elements. Rare earth elements are used in technology devices, smart phones, television screens, laptops and much more. Not to mention that the current method of extraction possesses great danger to the environment.

In an affirmation of the theme on Connecting Minds being a key them of Expo 2020 Dubai, the Oman Pavilion highlights the uses of frankincense extending from personal use, to religious, spiritual, and medical uses. Frankincense is scientifically proven to fight cancer, depression, and asthma. Frankincense is still used as a disinfectant when burnt. Additionally, the frankincense oil was historically used by ancient civilizations in the mummification process.


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