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Oman celebrates the 44th National Day marking kick-off of Omani RenaissanceAnd the 40th anniversary of cordial relations with Korea

The 18th of November every year, Oman celebrate the National Day, recalling the anniversary of the Omani Renaissance which kicked off 44 years ago and still presses ahead towards the achievement of further progress and prosperity for the citizens.

▲His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said of the Sultanate of Oman

Oman’s citizens, have been the moving force behind this renaissance, inspired in this approach by the wisdom of HM Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, who commands a clear vision about what he wishes to achieve for the country and its people, the State and society.

Foreign Policy
The Omani foreign policy derives its origins from the rational thinking of Sultan Qaboos who perceives matters with wisdom and objectivity, away from impulsive emotions or rushing when critical political issues emerge or worsen, irrespective whether this occurs in the local front, the Arab region or the international arena.

▲Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque-interior design

Oman’s efforts have led to success on many occasions, narrowing differences and resolving disputes among sisterly or friendly states within the region and beyond. This has earned Oman more respect at all levels.
Oman has been able to establish advanced relations with other countries and nations and has expressed its position with full confidence, while at the same time exerting all possible efforts to support any begin action meant to achieve security and stability, regionally and internationally.
Oman also supports the efforts of the United Nations and its affiliate organizations and bodies, including the UNESCO, the International Labour Organization, the International Atomic Energy Agency and the UN Human Rights Council to foster positive dialogue and extend bridges of peace and understanding between nations of the world.

▲Ambassador Mohamed Salim Alharthy of Oman in Seoul

Shura (Parliamentary Consultation)
Oman has provided citizens with all means of self-advancement and qualified them to be true partners in nation building alongside the government.
So that citizens would exercise their full role in this partnership, proper institutions have been set up to achieve this goal. The establishment of the Council of Oman, with its bicameral system of governance (the State Council and Majlis Ash'shura) has been a turning point in the country’s history, an evidence that the ruler who took the helm of leadership has done so for the sake of the country and its citizens and that such a self-denied leader who meets people in their villages would not give up his promise to develop the Omani Shura system of parliamentary consultation.

▲Surcity

The legislative and regulatory authorities granted to the Majlis Oman (Royal Decree 39/2011) made this council more capable of expressing the aspirations of citizens and granted them further opportunities for participation in the decision-making process. In addition, the experience of Municipal Councils proved to be another formidable development in democratic practice, an opportunity to expand the scope of citizens’ participation in serving their local societies and enhancing the tradition of Omani Shura. These achievements went hand in hand with steps to reinforce the independence of the judiciary and public prosecution.

Tolerance, understanding and coexistence
Oman has guaranteed religious and intellectual freedom to citizens and residents alike, acting from the view that these freedoms are human rights that cannot be confiscated by any means.

Oman exerts tangible efforts in enhancing the concept of coexistence and tolerance for which our world today is in great need more than any other time before. Hence the Sultanate set out on a mission to reinforce principles of respect for religious freedoms. This approach has been realized through Oman’s keen efforts to communicate with ‘The Other’, partly through the establishment of interfaith dialogue centers and partly through the establishment of academic chairs at renowned world universities to propagate the true tenets of Islam, which is a religion that advocates peace and calls for peaceful coexistence among nations.

Oman holds a mobile exhibition which tours countries of the world to convey Oman experience in religious tolerance and co-existence that prevail across the spectrum of the cosmopolitan population. It also organizes symposiums on propagating the principles of tolerance.

The US State Department’s annual report on religious freedoms of 2013 hailed the level of religious tolerance in Oman towards other faiths among different communities in the country. The report reaffirmed a fact stated by earlier reports that tolerance is a constant tradition in Oman because it stems from the Omani spirit which rejects religious fanaticism and sectarian extremism.

In June 2014, the exhibition unveiled various projects, including a fine art exposition which presented to members of the public a set of spiritual values in a blend of calligraphy, decoration and art. Four fine art tableaux incarnating supplication and peace were on display.

Since its launching in 2011 in Germany, the exhibition has toured more than 55 cities around the world. On the occasion of the 40th anniversary between Oman and Korea, Seoul has been selected among many cities around the world to host the exhibition. In November 4, 2014, the exhibition organized by Oman’s Ministry of Endowment and Religious Affairs, the Oman embassy and Korea foundation host the exhibition for one month from Nov 4-Dec 6 in Korea foundation gallery, Seoul The exhibition presents variety of facets of the modern society in the Sultanate of Oman by offering the visitors with insight into the practice of Islam in daily life, along with an examination of contemporary Omani society and the role of women in its society. The exhibition comprises several corners including manuscripts which dates hundreds of years, tolerance panels, photo exhibition, fine arts-shadow arts, Arabic calligraphy, a documentary film, and modern Oman panels. Also a campaign titled "#ActForTolerance" a hash tag was launched, and this one targets young men and women from all countries of the world. The aim of the exhibition is to highlights various cultural aspect of Oman and spread the correct message of Islam which aims better understanding among our nation which ultimate aim is to enhance our relation and cooperation.

▲Opera House

History, Culture and Tourism
Oman history goes back to 5000 years ago. Its strategic location between the east and the west was a major part for being trade route. Therefore, it had connection with various civilizations in the past. Oman is also well known as sea faring and trading nation.

Oman enjoys an unspoiled culture and traditional lifestyle in almost every aspect of life which is derived from the Islamic religion. The Oman is a society committed to kindness, friendship, hospitality and the value of the family as the solid foundation of life. Arabic is the official language; English is considered a second language and widely used in the business sector. Oman has rich cultural values, art, handicrafts and folkloric performances. There are a number of UNESCO-classified World Heritage sites in Oman. The Royal Orchestra of Oman is considered one of the best worldwide, and the Royal Opera House recently opened as an example of its appreciation of art.

Oman is a beautiful country with many appealing sites and destinations. The popularity of Oman is mainly due to its geological structure, beautiful landscapes, mountains, deserts and Wadis, with green oases of palm trees, heritage, etc. Oman also has some exotic beaches with crystal clear and sparkling water and luxurious resorts and hotels, restaurants, etc. Some of the interesting attractions of Oman include Muscat, Nizwa, Sohar, Salalah and Sur. Oman is rich in nature, culture, heritage as well as interesting activities such as scuba diving, boating, climbing, trekking, camping, golf, shopping and watching whales, dolphins, turtles and birds. In addition, tourists can enjoy camel and horse racing and the souks and villages of Oman, Bedouin tents in the desert and camel riding.

Endowed with nature’s bounty and blessed with beautiful beaches, mountains, deserts, wadis (valleys), and islands, Oman is described as a dream destination and gradually being unveiled in all its glory to the outside world now.

Muscat is the cultural capital of the Arabian world. Oman is blessed with a rich culture and tradition backed by glorious heritage which is visible in the symbols of the past scattered all over the country such as forts, castles and ancient houses. Nature has also chosen Oman to bless with her munificence.

The tourism sector represents one of the mainstays of the national economy. The Sultanate ranks on the 4th place in the International Tourism Market in the GCC Countries, with total of more than 1.9 Million tourists in 2013. The Ministry of Tourism has organized many events and activities that highlight the features of tourism potentials that are abound in the natural Omani environment and cultural heritage such as Muscat Festival and the Salalah Tourist Festival.

In order to attract visitors and tourists the Government organizes several Festivals such as Muscat Festival, held in the first quarter of every year, and has been gaining greater popularity among citizens, residents and tourists, particularly from GCC states. The turnout of Muscat Festival 2014, held from January 23 to February 22, was 1.5 million visitors.

A major attraction during the summer months in the region is Salalah Tourism Festival, which is highly appreciated by Oman is and other GCC citizens. It is held during the Khareef or monsoon season in the Governorate of Dhofar at a time cloudy skies prevail throughout the season, while temperatures range between 15 and 22 degree Celsius.

▲Muscat

Oman, the country of Sindbad and the land of Luban
The Oman are an ancient seafaring people. Stories of their adventures have been distilled into the tales of Sindbad the sailor, and they describe the historical sea routes from Sohar in Oman via Ceylon and Indonesia to Canton.
Already in the 18th century long before the first Europeans came along- Omani traders sailed the “Seven Seas” as far as China, where dates were traded for silk and porcelain. Other goods which were traded include gold, ivory, and above all spices.

Even in 2000 B.C the civilization of Sumer and the Indus Valley procured copper via sea routes from the dealers of “Magan”, which is now Oman.

In the following ages the most important export was frankincense from southern Oman, traded primarily with the Egyptian and Romans. Frankincense was literally worth its weight in gold.

By the 19th century, the island of “Zanzibar” had developed into the center of the Omani trade empire. The basis for the economic rise was the trade in ivory and cloves, slaves were sold in great numbers to the Europeans to work on plantations in Madagascar.

Today oil and gas are the most important export commodities. The main customers are the Republic of Korea, China, Thailand and Japan.

Economic Development

The national economy posted 5% growth in 2013, benefiting from a rise in oil production, the stability of oil prices and the Sultanate’s espousal of an encouraging financial policy that is supportive of the monetary sector, coupled with strong, growing local demand.

The Sultanate began 2014 by the announcement of the biggest budget in its history: The volume of spending was set at RO 13.5 billion ($35.06billion),, with emphasis on increasing developmental and investment spending in line with the approved goals of the Five Year Plan (2011-2015).

The State Budget 2014 was aimed to realize a set of goals, most notably support for economic growth through government spending, sustained rate of development of public services rendered to citizens, complementation of infrastructure, support for small and medium enterprises, support for the Employment Sector, enhancing the use of local assets, continuous consolidation of financial savings and fiscal reserves and maintaining a safe level of general debt.

The new budget also laid emphasis on society’s needs in the fields of education, health, housing, training and other social service areas through the allocation of RO 9.2 billion($23.9 billion), compared to RO 8.7 billion($35.06billion) in the 2013 budget.

The volume of general spending in the 2014 budget (RO 13.5 billion) ($35.06billion) increases by 5% over figures earmarked for spending in the 2013 budget. Current expenditure, which stands at RO 8.7 billion, ($22.6 billion) constitutes 65% of the total spending, while investment expenditure stood at RO 3.2 billion. A sum of RO 1.2 billion ($3.1 billion) has been earmarked for subsidizing petroleum products, staple foodstuff, the electricity sector and interests on developmental and housing loans.

Oman has been espousing the principle of 5-year development plans since its First Five Year Plan (1976-1980). The aim is to achieve balanced development in all governorates through executable programmes. Financial obligations for the current 8th Five Year Plan (2011-2015) the largest ever since the first plan grew to RO 59 billion ($153.2 billion) ($111.6 billion), compared to original allocations of RO 43 billion ($111.6 billion), an increase of 37%. The increase was due to additions made to spending sectors over the first 3 years of the plan. Most of the projects set for the 8th Five Year Plan are nearing completion, including seaports, airports, highways and expansions of industrial estates and economic zones.

▲Mutrah city

Oman Vision 2040
The Main Committee for Oman 2040 was formed last year and it was entrusted with drafting a new vision on how to benefit from economic and social developments in the local, regional and international arenas, while at the same time taking into account the ‘Oman 2020’ assessment made by the Secretariat General of the Supreme Council for Planning.
The Committee has been formed as early as possible to allow for the accurate drafting of the future vision in accordance with as much community accord as possible, bearing in mind all economic and social realities and serving as a frame of reference for planning tasks over the next two decades.
Oman 2040’s main focus will be on identifying and exploiting the country’s available opportunities and resources of each economic sector, including airports, seaports and industrial estates, in addition to available resources, to help realise the diversification of sources of income and the expansion of self-employment projects. A balanced distribution of development in all governorates should also be taken into account.

Information Technology
Oman maintained its 40th place in the Global Electronic Preparedness Report 2014. The report measures the extent to which countries are prepared to develop their ICT sector.

The report showed that the Sultanate continued to maintain high standards of performance in “efficiency of government procedures, efficiency of the justice system and an increase in number of mobile phone subscriptions and government spending on advanced information technology, among other criteria.

The achievement comes at a time ministries and government units have made considerable progress in implementing the National e-Government Strategy, which is designed to be completed by 2015 in time for the Full Transformation Stage, so that government services needed by companies and individuals are made available in one website.
The Sultan Qaboos Prize for e-Government Services, launched in 2010, is considered one of the main mechanisms in building knowledge-based information society as part of the Digital Oman Initiative, eOman. The 4th round of this contest was held this year in 12 categories covering 9 government sectors.

Agriculture and Fisheries sector
The agricultural sector is one of the most important renewable economic sectors to support the national economy. The agricultural and livestock production represents an important activity for the most of population. This sector also provides a large scale of food to meet the requirements of food security. The value of GDP for agricultural and fisheries production increased 8, 6% in2013 to OR (388) million from the level in 2012.

Industrial and Economic Zones
The industry sector constitutes one of the main components of the national economy’s diversification aimed at reducing dependence on oil.

The recent past period witnessed the setting up of many basic industries, notably gas-based industries. Also, The Industrial Innovation Centre, founded in 2010, is considered one of the modern projects being implemented to upgrade the performance of the industrial sector through research in the field of “sustainable industrial growth”. An annual campaign titled “Omani” is being organized to help promote Omani products.

The Sultanate strives to make use of its geographical location by setting up economic zones for and free trade zones to help attract local and foreign capital. Specialized economic zones and free zones contribute to the stimulation of economic activity and the opening up of markets before converting industries. These are considered major sources for technology transfer and employment of Omani job seekers.

Free zones, regulated under Royal Decree 56/2002 provide a package of investment incentives, tax exemptions and streamlined services linked to licensing and import activities.

So far, three main industrial zones have been established, which are Al Mazyouna free zone, Salalah free zone and Sohar free zone.

Al Mazyounah Free Zone, which began operations in 1999, lies in the Governorate of Dhofar and it aims to attract enterprises that will promote trade and industrial links between the Sultanate and Yemen. Salalah Free Zone was established in 2006 and it is run by Salalah Free Zone Company. Sohar Free Zone was established under Royal Decree 123/2010, issued on 20 December 2010. It is run by Sohar Free Zone Company.

The establishment of the Special Economic Zone in al Duqm (SEZAD) under Royal Decree No. 119/2011, issued on 26th October 2011, was an important new addition to the national economy. Its facilities include Port al Duqm, a ship repair dry dock and several tourist and logistical services. The Sultanate is planning to set up a number of major projects in this area and attract investments totalling some US$ 15 billion over the next ten years.

The Public Establishment for Industrial Estates runs 7 industrial estates, which are Rusayl, Sohar, Raysut, Nizwa, Sur, Al Buraimi and Samayil (under foundation), besides KOM, Knowledge Oasis Muscat, which focuses on information technology.

Free zones provide a package of investment incentives and privileges like exemptions from taxes, streaming of licensing and clearance procedures, import of all goods permissible in the country, exemption from the “lowest limit of investment” condition, free use of currencies, exemption of profits from income tax and other incentives.

Omani Ports and Railway
The network of main Omani ports includes Port Sultan Qaboos, established in 1974 as an import and export terminal that witnessed continuous development over the years of the country. In July 2011, the government decided to transform Port Sultan Qaboos into a full-fledged tourism port. The decision provides for the transfer of all import and export activities to Sohar Industrial Port.

The Port of Salalah is accorded great importance due to its vicinity to international maritime routes.

As for Sohar Port, which overlooks the Sea of Oman, its importance is expected to pick up after the start of implementation of the government’s decision to transfer all commercial activities of Port Sultan Qaboos. Sohar Industrial Port will become Oman’s main commercial hub.

Al Duqm Port will revolutionize the Sultanate’s maritime experience. Situated in the Governorate of Al Wusta, the Port of Duqm is considered one of the Sultanate’s most modern ports. The first phase of goods-handling operations at the Port of Duqm began in March 2013.

The Port of Duqm is also distinguished for its strategic location in the vicinity of international maritime trade routes, which offers great chances for attraction of regional and international business, besides activating transport and tourism activity within other Omani ports because this port is located halfway between Qaboos Port in Muscat and the Port of Salalah in Dhofar.

A key facility in Duqm is a project to set up a comprehensive city to serve as a center for attraction of maritime transport activity, besides serving the planned industrial city which will include a refinery, petrochemical industries and workshops for the repair of ships and tug boats. The facilities also include fisheries-based industries, logistic complexes and big stores. The area is expected to be the Sultanate’s main industrial center attracting both domestic and foreign investments, thereby expanding the country’s economic production platform. The volume of investments at the Port of Duqm is expected to touch US$ 15billion in the next decade.

The Sultanate’s main ports network also includes the Port of Khasab. Other ports in the Sultanate include Shinas.

A network of new ports along the coast in the coming years will increase the importance of the country as a commercial shipping center in the Indian Ocean.

The railway project is considered a complementing part of the land transport network in the Sultanate and a new facility which will enhance the national economy and support the sustainable development process. The railway will also reinforce transport networks between the Sultanate and the United Arab Emirates. It will enable the ports of Sohar, Duqm and Salalah to become the main gateways of import and export for GCC states, thereby keeping the Sultanate on the helm of the maritime transport industry.

The railway project extends for 1,687 kilometers. The project of detailed designs and construction is expected to be floated for specialized international companies during this year or by the first half of the next year.

Education and Health Sectors:
Since the outset of the modern Omani renaissance, education has been accorded the greatest attention through the Royal speeches of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, who considers that education is the ultimate goal for which all means must be made available.

The Sultanate’s quest to improve education has been aimed at building qualified human resources to meet the requirements of development now and in future. The Basic Education plan is focusing more and more on scientific subjects, mathematics and languages. New subjects have also been introduced to help cope with progress in information technology and the needs of the labour market for skill manpower.

Higher education is the first criteria by which the progress of nations is measured because of its significant role in drawing out strategies for the development of human resources. It has been one of the basic approaches of the modern Omani renaissance. Therefore, importance has been attached to the setting up of higher education institutions and colleges in different technical, health, banking and religious domains to help meet the needs of all sectors for qualified human resources.

The Sultanate has gone a long way in providing health services to citizens at levels as high as international standards. This made Oman occupy first place at world level in the effective use of health resources. This earned the Sultanate the global acclaim among international health service organizations.
Health Vision 2050 is a long-term plan forming a transitional stage which will further upgrade the health system to keep pace with medical and technical development in the global arena.

▲Night Scenery of Grand Mosquein Muscat

Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environment Protection
The Sultanate, when implementing various plans and projects, works to reinforce concepts of proper handling of environmental resources, since these represent one of the pillars of the country’s renaissance.
Oman Environment Day is celebrated on January 8 every year. It was first marked in January 1996 in recognition of the attention accorded to the environment by Sultan Qaboos.

The programme known as “Environment Monitoring” is being implemented as a standard procedure to keep pace with the rapid expansion in industrial, developmental and tourism activities which might have negative impacts on the environment. Steps are taken to benefit from the expertise of international organisations in the field. In addition, emphasis has also been laid on ecodiversity. There is ongoing cooperation with the UN Industrial Development Organisation to help conduct studies and projects in the field of ozone layer protection, climate change, applications of renewable energy and ways to diminish the emission of greenhouse gases.

In 2013, the prize was shared by the State's National Forests Holding of Poland and South Africa's “Endangered Wildlife Organisation”.

Oman-Korea relations
Oman-Korea relations date back more than a thousand years, when Omani merchants met their Korean counterparts on their way to China. In modern times, they established diplomatic relations in 1974. Since then, Oman―Korea relations witnessed a remarkable development in various fields.

Korea is regarded a major trading partner of Oman, and both countries engage in numerous economical exchanges and cooperation. Oman provides large quantities of oil and LNG to Korea.

On the other hand, Korea exports many industrial products, including automobiles, vessels, hi-tech electronics and electric goods to Oman.

Moreover, many Korean companies such as LG International, GS, Daewoo, Hyundai, Doosan, Hanjin, Dealim, and others are contributing to the development of Omani infrastructure and other major projects.

The volume of trade between the Sultanate of Oman and South Korea reached $5.79 billion in 2013. The Sultanate export to South Korea reached $5.3 billion while import from South Korea reached 0.923 billion.

The Oman-Korea Joint Committee is playing a pivotal role in promoting and developing the cooperation between the two countries. During the fourth round of meetings held in Muscat on Aug. 24. During this round they reviewed the results of the committee’s works and the bilateral cooperation in the economic, scientific and cultural fields and means of promoting them, as well as exchanging viewpoints on matters of concern to the two friendly countries.

To reflect the strong ties, an exchange visit from both sides has taken place. Lately, Oman’s minister of Information and minister of Transport and Communication visited Korea.

Oman has also participated in many international events and conferences which have taken place in Korea such as the UN Public Service Forum, the 12th Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP) and High Level Segment, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Nuclear forum, and others. During the ITU conference Oman has participated on the Technology Gender Equality Streaming award and a golden sponsor.

▲Nizwa Fort-Mosque-Souq

Investment Opportunities

Oman has worked to attract investment over the past years by creating a suitable climate to attract foreign investments and stimulate domestic businesses. It improves the economic environment and creates encouraging incentives.

Oman enjoys many investment features, which have enabled it to attract domestic and foreign investment, including security, political stability and the application of a free economic system. It allows foreigners to own projects without any restrictions on the transfer of funds to outside the country, and there is no tax on the income of individuals. Also, it gives uniform tax treatment to all companies, both Omani and foreign institutions, at 12 percent annually.

There are many investment opportunities and major ongoing projects and many more to come, such as a railroad project, a medical city, an education city, ports, airports, tourism projects, petrochemical projects, and many other construction projects.

Oman is looking to attract specialist investment into the Sultanate’s ports and special economic zones. As a major manufacturer of high quality machinery, technology and electronics, our focus is to bring an expertise to assist us with the development of major projects in the logistics, fisheries, petrochemical, tourism and manufacturing sectors across the Sultanate.

Oman will see a massive surge of investments with more than $127 billion worth of projects under way. This is in addition to more than $80 billion projects being executed at different stages of completion, while more are scheduled to be launched in the remaining 14 months of this five-year plan.

Four engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts for building the $3.6 billion Liwa Plastics project are expected to be floated in January next year. The EPC contracts will be awarded by the fourth quarter of 2015, and the commissioning of the project would start in the first quarter of 2018, which will lead to full commission by the end of the same year

The contract for the Rail Road Network construction of the 207 km Sohar-Buraimi worth of $15bn is anticipated to be awarded by mid-2015. This in addition to a total of 18 consortiums and joint ventures prequalified to participate in the design and build package of the 2,235km-long line. Bids are due in by 21 December, 2014.

Also to be constructed along the route are a number of railway facilities, including stations, freight yards, wayside maintenance bases, and maintenance depots.

We would like to invite Korean companies to take the opportunity to participate in these projects and investments. The embassy is keen on providing support and cooperation to Korean companies and look forward their participation and presence in Oman.

▲Desertcamping-Tourism

40 years of cordial relation
This year marks 40 years of cordial relation between Oman and Korea, On this occasion, the embassy has embarked series of events both cultural and economic, some we hold at the embassy others we participate in various events which are held in Korea. By the end of this year we aim to have 40 events. Such events are as follows:

The Open house program “Welcome to Oman”: a monthly program held at the embassy where we open the embassy for invited public people to the embassy as “open house program” where people from Korean society either students or business men or tourist organization or others visit the embassy. The program includes a welcome remark by the ambassador, briefing about Oman in general and culture in particular and the relation between Oman and Korea, view documentary film about Oman, experience the Omani culture and hospitality. In January and February hosted 3 groups each with 35 participants.

Other events are holding photo exhibition in various places in Korea throughout the year, arrange student exchange programs and business men/women visits.

In March 2014 , we held Omani night in Lotte organized by Oman LNG. The event include varies cultural performances including fashion show, art design, music and Omani traditional food will be served. Also in in March 16-20 H.E Lee MB visited Oman and delivered lecture in Sultan Qaboos University and participated in the economic forum as guest of honor and keynote speaker.

In June Oman was the guest of honor in international Seoul book fair where Oman participated in large pavilion which highlights Omani culture and art. The royal orchestra of Oman was present which performed at the Omani pavilion for 3 days. We also participated in the Seoul Tourism fair.

In Nov 4 we opened an exhibition titled “Tolerance, understanding and coexistence: a message from Oman”. The exhibition held in Korea foundation which will last for one month. The exhibition comprises several corners which are manuscripts which dates thousands of years, the tolerance panels, campaign #Actfortolerance, photo exhibition, Arabic calligraphy, modern Oman, shadow art. On Nov 9 held Omani fashion show at Kintex in coordination with Korea cultural association. In Nov 14 participated in the embassies cultural day at city hall. In Nov 18 will hold reception and cultural exhibition to celebrate the 40소 anniversary of the cordial relation between Oman and Korea.

Beside these events we are planning to hold economic and investment forums to promote the projects and investment opportunities for the Korean companies to participate in the projects and investment opportunities in Oman

These cultural events and business forum act as a bridge between our nation to promote understanding which enhances the relation and cooperation in general.

In conclusion, I would like to say that during these blessing days of the 44th National day, Oman is proudly witnessing the achievements made by the hands of its people under the wise leadership of H.M Sultan Qaboos.

On this occasion and the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the cordial relation between Oman and Korea, I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate the Korean government and people for the achievements that have been made in various areas, which are being felt everywhere, and the role of Korea in addressing issues of local, regional and international level besides hosting international events and conferences.

Also, I would like to express my thanks and appreciation for the Korean people and government for their cooperation, kindness, generosity and hospitality they have extended to us since our arrival in this great and beautiful country. Thanks and appreciation also extended to the sponsor and The Korea Post who have made this supplement possible.

Last but not least, I would like to invite the Korean people to visit Oman, explore the culture, tourism land marks, adventure and also invite the Korean companies to participate in the investment opportunities of various projects. I’m confident that our relations and cooperation in the coming days will witness further enhancement and development. Ultimately, my heartfelt wishes to Korea to further success and progress and for the Oman-Korea relation further development and prosperity.

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