Muscat – Omani affairs
The Sultanate of Oman has launched a new initiative based on the use of golf as a motivational ambassador to promote the Sultanate’s tourism potential to the Italian public, as well as the enormous investment opportunities in which the Sultanate abounds.
The initiative came as a result of the constructive dialogue on the sidelines of the golf meetings between His Excellency Francisco Blau Jreg, Honorary Consul of the Sultanate of Oman in Milan, Republic of Italy, and Mr. Ali Dawood, CEO of Dawood Group, where the two parties confirmed in their dialogue that golf can be exploited to bring the two countries closer together. After a year of these meetings and dialogues, this idea crystallized into a tangible reality through this joint initiative launched today with the blessing of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth, and with great national support.
The initiative of the “Oman Golf Cup” is to invite Italians and Europeans in general to explore the tourism experiences that abound in the Sultanate, in addition to the favorable investment opportunities. The initiative comes under the supervision of the Oman Golf Association (www.golf oman.com) and the sponsorship of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth, in addition to technical and material support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Investment Promotion, as well as a number of prestigious Omani companies such as Oman Air, the Group Omani International Holding, The Zubair Corporation, Al Mouj Golf, Kempinski Hotel Muscat, and Dawood Group.
The initiative was launched this morning at a press conference at Kempinski Hotel Muscat under the patronage of His Excellency Basil bin Ahmed Al Rawas, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth for Sports and Youth. This initiative embodies the true meaning of solidarity and partnership between the public and private sectors in order to promote the Sultanate as a unique destination for tourism and investment, and the importance of active participation In the national efforts to achieve the vision of Oman 2040 AD reach.
His Excellency Qais Al-Yousef, Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment Promotion, said of the launch of this initiative: “Building new relationships through golf is an old concept that matches the legacy of the game itself, but this initiative elevates the concept to a greater level by inviting guests to explore the Sultanate as an attractive destination.” for investment. Over the last ten years, there has been significant private investment to develop new services and facilities that support the lifestyles of professional golfers and meet their aspirations. In this context, we are proud of the honorable models that support the growing sports tourism sector. We have an international airport that has won many prestigious international awards, and five-star hotels and resorts. Stars, a number of the best golf courses in the world, and a charming coastline will make the closing competitions an immortal experience in the players’ memory. make, and accordingly we look forward to attracting more tourists and foreign investors to the Sultanate through the Oman Golf Cup.”
Munther Al Barwani, President of the Oman Golf Association, has been appointed to manage the coordination efforts of this promotional initiative on behalf of the Sultanate’s government. Referring to this assignment, Al Barwani said: “I am very happy to be appointed by His Highness. Sayyid Dhi Yazan bin Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth distinguished for the management and organization of the Oman Golf Cup in its first edition. Over the past ten years, golf has gained great importance as a sideline of the tourism promotion of the Sultanate. We now have three world-class 18-hole golf courses in the capital, Muscat, and no one can deny the close relationship between golf. and the business and investment community, something we have witnessed repeatedly. And again in previous events such as the Oman Open Golf Championship within the European Golf Tournament, which has seen the influx of professionals in this sport to the Sultanate.”
Al Barwani added: “We are very excited to introduce the Sultanate as a tourism and investment destination to the Italian public, and at the same time we look forward to welcoming the winners of the Oman Golf Cup Qualifiers to the final round which will be held in the Sultanate next March 2023, God willing, and the winners invited to the final will experience Omani hospitality.” Expensive luxury, in addition to the possibility of identifying attractive investment opportunities in the Sultanate of Oman, and the final will be held at Al Mouj Golf Course designed by golf legend Greg Norman on the shores of the waters of the Sea of Oman.”
In turn, Mr. Ali Dawood, CEO of Dawood Group, who is considered to be the first architect of this unique initiative, said: “We are happy to, on behalf of the sponsor and partner companies, express our happiness in partnership with government agencies. in order to launch the first edition of the Oman Cup golf tournament outside the Sultanate’s countries, specifically In Italy, due to the common characteristics shared by the two countries in terms of natural diversity, the spirit of hospitality that is rooted in the culture of the two peoples, and the solid industrial base. The championship aims to raise awareness of the Sultanate and its diverse natural beauties, as well as favorable investment opportunities. We have beautiful sandy and rocky beaches, soft sandy deserts, vast mountain ranges that hug the clouds, cities rooted in human history, and a culture that celebrates the guest, in addition to the many investment opportunities, all of which are factors capable of attracting travel – and holiday companies on the one hand, and investors looking for new opportunities to expand geographically. The Sultanate has also signed a free trade agreement with the United States of America, making it one of the few countries in the world to activate this agreement, making it an ideal investment center for companies looking to export to the United States of America. through the free market.”
The Oman Golf Championship will be held at seven renowned golf courses throughout Italy during the period from September to November 2022 AD, and the final round will be held in Muscat next March 2023 AD, at Al Mouj Golf Course and Ghala Golf Club, and players from the Sultanate will have the opportunity to get to know the players international players and their competition in an atmosphere that mixes fun and challenge.