Ibra: North Al Sharqiyah Governorate is unique in having comparative advantages in multiple aspects, represented by the presence of diverse natural patterns, such as the diversity of terrain, tourist and historical sites such as castles, forts and falaj, the presence of ancient urban clusters, archaeological lanes, natural resources and ancient legacies.
The governorate is also characterized by the presence of tourism components that have helped diversify economic and tourism activities and events, such as camping in the sand and visiting valleys, oases and sulfur springs. Which made it a destination for tourists from inside and outside the Sultanate of Oman.
His Excellency Mahmoud bin Yahya Al-Dhahli, Governor of North Al-Sharqiyah, explained that the foundations of the development plan in North Al-Sharqiyah Governorate during the coming period are to develop the infrastructure and increase investment opportunities in the governorate, by attracting a number of qualitative investment projects in various sectors, raising the governorate’s annual revenue rate and increasing the satisfaction rate of beneficiaries with services.
His Excellency said in a statement to the Oman News Agency: The pillars of “Oman Vision 2040” are in harmony with the North Al Sharqiyah Governorate’s advantage in the field of information technology and artificial intelligence, which is based on enhancing awareness and interest in space science and other techniques, technology and investment in these vital sectors.
The governorate’s recent hosting of the NASA Space Applications Hackathon is evidence of the consolidation of these pillars in the national vision, in addition to the fact that this sector is witnessing competition at various levels in line with the urban strategy that aims to make North Al Sharqiyah Governorate a prestigious national center in applied technology engineering and advanced technology. And seeking to encourage and motivate young people at various levels to participate actively in this sector, on which the Sultanate of Oman is counting a lot during the next phase of national construction.
His Excellency stated that “the effects of artificial intelligence on life require us to keep pace with national trends and policy in this field, and to work side by side with the rest of the concerned sectors to create national programs at the governorate level that contribute to creating a national industry in the national economy and enhancing added value, and discussing partnerships with institutions.”
The private sector, according to what is determined by the paths of the main pillars of the digital economy of the Sultanate of Oman and according to governance that achieves national goals.”
His Excellency confirmed that the North Al Sharqiyah Governorate seeks to localize artificial intelligence systems in a way that serves the trends and goals that achieve strength in the governorate’s economy and its growth, supported by the digital economy based on technology and technology, and that what was stated in the last speech of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik. At the opening of the first annual session of the 8th session of the Council of Oman, an emphasis was placed on the localization of artificial intelligence technologies and the direction to prepare national programs to achieve national localization, as these programs provide opportunities to improve productivity in all sectors.
Therefore, the governorate is working to support the government’s direction by making the digital economy a priority and a tributary. For the local economy by making technologies one of the basic enablers and catalysts for national sectors.
His Excellency pointed out that the states of North Al Sharqiyah Governorate are characterized by many tourist attractions, such as popular markets, ancient archaeological lanes, valleys, oases, and water springs, in addition to the presence of the eastern sands, and a number of castles and forts.
He explained that with the start of the winter tourism season, many events and recreational activities emerge that work to enhance Activating tourism, such as desert, mountain, or water adventure tourism, which distinguishes the governorate from others and attracts tourists and those interested in practicing camping activities, in addition to walking in the sand dunes, driving sand bikes, sand skiing adventures, organizing sand sports races, and riding camels, in addition to Visit the site of the water ponds in the state of Wadi Bani Khalid, which attracts many tourists for the purpose of rest and recreation, and the presence of ancient mountain paths linking a number of the governorate’s states and neighboring governorates.
His Excellency added that the North Al Sharqiyah Governorate is also full of many historical and archaeological sites in its various wilayats, such as the Al-Manzafah and Al-Qanater neighborhoods, the Beit Al-Yahmadi fort in the wilayat of Ibra, the Al-Rawdah fort and the Beit Al-Khubayb fort in the wilayat of Al-Mudhaibi, in addition to the forts of Al-Wasil and Al-Muntarib in the wilayat of Bidiyah, the archaeological village of Al-Mudairib in the wilayat of Al-Qabil, and the two neighbourhoods of Al-Sawafa.
The two archaeological sites in the Wilayat of Sinaw, the Al-Adfin Fort in the Wilayat of Wadi Bani Khalid, and the Al-Hammam Fort in the Wilayat of Dima and Al-Tai’in, in addition to the presence of a number of natural sites and popular markets in the governorate, such as the site of the water ponds and Hawar Falls in the Wilayat of Wadi Bani Khalid, the eastern sands in the Wilayats of Bidiya and Al-Qabil, and the popular Wednesday market in the Wilayat Ibra, and the Sinaw Popular Market in the Wilayat of Sinaw, and the Wadi Andam and Al-Hawraa Natural Parks in the Wilayat of Al-Mudhaibi, and the Al-Shakhra and Al-Ghubrah Natural Parks, and Ain Al-Zam and Al-Jabal Al-Abyad in the Wilayat of Dimah Al-Tai’in.
His Excellency the Governor of North Al Sharqiyah said: There are a number of development projects that have been approved during the year 2023 for the provinces of the governorate with a total value estimated at more than RO 3 million, noting that some projects have been completed and others are in the process of implementation.
His Excellency added that more than RO 13 million have been approved for development projects that will be implemented in the governorate’s states over the next three years.
These projects are related to the service, tourism and entertainment aspects, including the resource market project. It is hoped that it will be a regional market. The governorate will also implement linking road paving projects between residential complexes and main roads.
His Excellency pointed out that these projects touch the community in North Al Sharqiyah Governorate, and some of them would contribute to stimulating the tourism and commercial movement and attracting investors to the governorate, such as the Bidiya Recreation Center, developing tourist facilities and water ponds in Wadi Bani Khalid, establishing Al-Nabaa Park and the project to establish Al-Khalidiya Park, and establishing.
The commercial mall in the Wilayat of Ibra in partnership with the private sector, explaining that it is expected that the North Al Sharqiyah Governorate Festival will be organized in the Wilayat of Bidiya in the first quarter of 2024.
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