The Ministry of Tourism (MoT) signed duel Memorandum of Understanding with the Omani Qatari Telecommunications Company SAOC (Ooredoo) on February 3, 2015. The MoU was signed by H.E. Maitha bint Saif Al Mahrouqi, Undersecretary, Ministry of Tourism, and Greg Young, CEO, Ooredoo Oman.
Ooredoo and MoT will now partner and engage in knowledge sharing on the managerial and technical side. This includes working together on various events, providing ground support as when and required, and leverage each other’s strength in enhancing the experience and making the event more attractive to the target audience. The two parties will also work towards increasing the attendance to workshops, conferences and events of either party through shared contacts and invitations.
The MoU also details how the two parties will cooperate in providing advanced telecommunication services at competitive prices for the tourism sector. Another important aspect of the partnership is conducting training sessions for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) working in the tourism sector.
After signing the MoU, H.E Maitha bint Said Al Mahrouqi, said, “The Ministry of Tourism works is constantly working towards improving the services provided by the tourism sector and utilise the Ministry expertise in implementing new programs. We strive to improve our ways of working and using the latest technology is one way of doing this. This is why we have partnered with one of the leading telecommunication company, Ooredoo, through this MOU. We would continue to partner with more organisations and work together to develop our community and the tourism sector in the Sultanate.”
Her Excellency also added, “One of the highlights of this MOU is the assistance we would be providing in training and enhancing the skills of employees working with SMEs in the tourism industry, as well as enhancing the communication service offerings to the tourism sector, both from a technology and an economic standpoint.”
Greg Young, CEO, Ooredoo Oman, said, “The MOU with the Ministry of Tourism is an affirmation of the importance of the touristic destinations that the Sultanate is enriched with. We gladly use this as an opportunity to make it more convenient for tourists to enjoy Oman and reduce any hurdles. Through this partnership, we will support the activities of the Ministry as well as implement the technical and health and safety training programs. We would also like to strengthen our investments in the local human capital and increase the local efficiency.”
He further added, “The strategy that we adopt with the government is based on the mutual benefits one derives in building an enriching work environment. We aim to our share knowledge and expertise in order to establish best working practices. We hope that our products, efforts and dedication here at Ooredoo will help the Sultanate in achieving the growth we set out to realize.”