Muscat – The Marsa al Khair convoy, organised by global integrated energy group OQ, completed its journey through seven coastal governorates from Musandam to Salalah on Sunday.
Launched in celebration of the holy month of Ramadan, the convoy aimed to raise public awareness on the importance of alternative energy. Two wind-powered boats sailed along the coastline as part of Marsa al Khair.
The convoy’s objective was to promote clean energy sources and emphasise their potential benefits, besides encouraging the adoption of wind and other clean energy sources aligning with the sultanate’s transition towards sustainable energy and carbon neutrality by 2050 for a sustainable future.
Enthusiastic receptions, featuring cultural performances, marked the convoy’s arrival in each wilayat. Events showcased sustainability and the close relationship between the communities and the sea. Local students participated in activities like drawing, painting and group games. Omani Women’s Association exhibited traditional and household products, and beach games were organised for all to enjoy.
This inaugural convoy during Ramadan highlights the deep bond between Omani people and the sea, reviving the rich maritime heritage among successive generations and emphasising the country’s strong connection to its seafaring roots.
Marsa al Khair symbolises OQ’s collaborative partnerships with government entities and private sector organisations, reflecting the commitment to cooperation and community engagement of all stakeholders involved, a press release stated.
Research shows that Oman has significant potential for wind and solar power generation. Optimal wind power generation sites are primarily located along the southeastern coasts of Al Jazer and Duqm, while suitable locations for hybrid solar radiation generation centres are likely to be found in Sohar and Thumrait.
Ashraf Hamad al Maamari, Chief Executive of People, Technology and Culture at OQ, expressed his delight at the successful outcome of Marsa al Khair.
The OQ Ramadan convoy played a significant role in raising awareness on alternative energy and sustainable development, two key focus areas of OQ’s operations in Oman and abroad. The convoy also promoted sports activities for health and entertainment, activated community initiatives across governorates, and offered opportunities for various entities to participate in community partnership projects.
OQ is committed to reducing the use of traditional energy sources and mitigating their environmental impact. Utilising wind energy is a crucial step towards reducing the carbon footprint and promoting the overall health of planet Earth.
Appointed by the government as Oman’s alternative energy enabler, OQ launched its Ramadan convoy as part of the ‘Elevate’ initiative.