The Ministry of Heritage and Tourism and the Industrial Innovation Centre on Tuesday signed an agreement for the development of the Omani sarooj (lime) industry.
The agreement aims to boost one of the sultanate’s ancient industries through innovation.
The agreement was signed by H E Eng Ibrahim bin Said bin Khalaf al Kharousi, Undersecretary for Heritage in the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism, and Dr Abdullah bin Mohammed al Mahrooqi, CEO, Industrial Innovation Centre, at the ministry.
Sarooj has been used mainly in the sultanate as a basic material for building aflaj, castles and forts. At present it is used mostly for restoration work.
The initiative will help in the production of sarooj material and raising its quality. The pact will facilitate joint awareness and training programmes between the ministry and the centre in the field of sarooj production and the exchange of experiences and knowledge.
In addition to providing permits and site identification to test the Omani sarooj material used in the restoration processes at archaeological sites, the agreement also stipulates the formation of a team from both sides.
The centre, in cooperation with the ministry, will verify the benefits of Omani sarooj in the production of tiles and bricks as well.