Muscat – The Ministry of Heritage and Tourism on Monday signed an agreement to develop the frankincense trees site in Wadi Dawkah in Dhofar governorate – a Unesco World Heritage site.
The agreement was signed by H E Ibrahim Said al Kharusi, Undersecretary of the Ministry for Heritage and Tourism and Sayyid Khalid Hamad al Busaidi, Chairman of Amouage Company.
As per the agreement, Amouage will develop the site that has 1,230 perennial frankincense trees, in addition to more than 8,000 trees planted along the valley on an area of 5sqkm.
Through this agreement, the ministry aims to encourage economic activities around the production of frankincense, which in turn will generate direct and indirect job opportunities. It also aims to develop the local community by implementing value-added projects.
As per the usufruct agreement, the company will construct and operate an eco-friendly visitors’ centre that will include an educational and tourist corner – in accordance with the best international practices and the guidelines of the Unesco.