Qatar, Oman chambers review ties in tourism sector


Qatar Chamber hosted a delegation representing the Tourism Committee at the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry led by its chairman, Ali bin Salim al-Hajari.

The meeting discussed means of enhancing cooperation and coordination between both sides and exploring investment opportunities available in both countries, as well as introducing incentives that both countries offer to attract investments.

Qatar Chamber assistant director general for Government Relations and Committee Affairs Ali bu Sherbak al-Mansouri said the tourism sector “is a key pillar of the economy of any nation,” noting that Qatar puts premium at this sector.

“Qatar is an important tourist destination due to the giant potentials it owns. It is a haven for mega events and activities,” he added.

He noted that Qatari businessmen are interested to learn about the investment opportunities available in Oman, and to promote cooperation with Omani companies that specialise in this sector.

Al-Hajari said the visit of the Omani delegation aims to deepen commercial relations with Qatar in the field of tourism, review facilities offered by both countries for businessmen willing to invest in this sector, and activate communication between Omani and Qatari companies, as well as exchange expertise in hospitality, events management, and training.

He noted that the Omani government is offering many incentives to attract more investments in the tourism sector, such as the allocation of lands needed for tourist projects and the exemption from duties.

The Omani delegation delivered a presentation about the investment climate in the Sultanate and the most important opportunities available in tourism complexes, hotel management and hospitality, and leisure events.

In line with its tourism strategy, the Sultanate has started to develop 14 tourist sites from 2016 until the final stages in 2040 to enhance tourist attraction. The presentation also featured several promising projects, such as Shangri-La, Muscat Port and Al Mouj Projects.

Ahmed al-Obaidli, director of Exhibitions Department at the Qatar National Tourism Council, delivered a presentation on Qatar’s potentials in the field of tourism, as well as the efforts and the contributions of the private sector in the preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

He also discussed the most important exhibitions and conferences hosted by Qatar during the previous period, noting that they have strengthened Qatar’s status as a tourism destination.

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