A group of students from the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) presented concepts for developing heritage sites such as the Muttrah Fort and properties adjacent to the fort to the Oman-German Friendship Association (OGFA). This is to support the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism’s vision for the development of Muttrah for tourism.
As per a statement, the students belong to various departments of the university including Urban Planning and Architectural Design, Computer Science, and International Business & Service Management.
Private and public sector representatives were impressed by the work done by the students over the course of the past year and offered support to enable the successful implementation of the projects.
The attendees of the event discussed ways in which OGFA and the resources of the private sector, under the guidance of the ministry, could be combined.
‘OGFA is an independent, membership organisation, founded to encourage and strengthen the fraternity, understanding and friendship among the peoples of Oman and Germany. The association is actively seeking to leverage its resources in both countries to enable and support young and talented individuals with ideas and concepts for a brighter tomorrow.’
Attendance for the event included the board of OGFA, H H Sayyid Tarik Shabib Taimur al Said, Sheikh Abdul Aziz al Hosni, Sami Macki, Aaditya Khimji, German Ambassador H E Tho-mas Schneider, and the CEO of Siemens Oman, Claudia Massei.
Also in attendance, were representative from the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism, Reema al Awor (Muttrah Route project manager), and from GUTech, Dr Hussain al Salmi, CEO Oman Education Services, Heiderose Moossen, manager – Vocational Training, Mohamed al Salmi, head of Training and Smart Solutions Centre, and Talal Nabulsi, training expert.