Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran Group) – the executive arm of the sultanate for tourism development – announced the launch of a competition to design a village for fishermen in Sirab village in the wilayat of Mahout in Al Wusta governorate.
The contest which is being organised by Omran in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources, is open to fresh Omani graduates that are majoring in architecture and urban planning.
According to a statement, the competition comes in line with Omran’s endeavour to develop the capabilities of young Omani talents, and engage them in various initiatives that aim to enhance the infrastructure facilities and support the local economy.
Eng Saif Ali al Hinai, senior VP, Business Development at Omran Group, said, “The competition is an embodiment of the principles of social responsibility and the sustainability framework of Omran Group which attaches great importance to leave a positive impact on the development of society, the environment and the economy.”
“Through this competition, Omran Group seeks to attract and discover young talents and give them a real opportunity to transform modern urban ideas and visions into applicable projects,” he added.
Dr Abdulaziz Said al Marzouqi, director general of Fisheries Resources Development at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources, said, “There is abundance of opportunities available for fishermen coming from various governorates of the sultanate to practise their profession in the wilayat of Mahout. The ministry seeks to allocate a special and integrated area comprising of housing units, retail outlets, warehouses for fishermen and other basic facilities.”
“The partnership with Omran Group to plan and design this project comes as it is a pioneer in the urban and tourism development sector in the sultanate,” he added.
The participants will compete for three top positions, in addition to an additional incentive award. The first winning design will be taken for implementation stage on the ground in addition to receiving a financial prize.
The second and third winners will be honoured with financial prizes too. Initial registration for the competition can be done through [email protected] before May 6.