Muscat: Sayyid Saud Hilal Al Busaidi, Governor of Muscat, emphasised the pivotal role of Omani youths as the driving force behind the Sultanate’s development during the inaugural Muscat Dialogue sessions in 2023.
He said: “Omani youths are the wealth of the nation and they are the primary engine towards development of the Sultanate of Oman.”
Themed “Towards a sustainable and prosperous future,” this three-day event, organised by the Muscat Governorate, aims to gather and implement innovative ideas and proposals. It focuses on engaging various societal segments to identify priority projects and plan their execution.
Speaking at the opening, Sayyid Saud Hilal Al Busaidi highlighted the significance of youth engagement and their involvement in development strategies. He stressed the need to listen to their aspirations, needs, and interests, pledging careful attention from state institutions.
The sessions covered diverse topics. “Humanisation of cities and the entertainment Industry” featured Dr. Hanan Amer Al Jabri, Director General of Urban Planning at the Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning, discussing urban planning methodologies, public spaces’ quality, public arts, and the Vibrant Public Spaces Initiative. The session was moderated by Shabib Al Maamari, Director General of National Travel Operator in OMRAN Group.
The second session, “Environmental Volunteering,” involved Manar Abdullah Al Riyami, a quality specialist and expert speaker from the Environment Authority, focusing on national goals, successful achievements, neighbouring countries’ experiences, current status, and national components of environmental volunteering. The session was moderated by Ibrahim Al Salmi, Assistant Vice President of Ominvest Group for Corporate Communication.
“Manar elaborated on Oman’s environmental volunteering goals, local successes, and neighbouring countries’ experiences, along with analysing the current status and national components.
The second day of the Muscat Dialogue will focus on investment opportunities, technology, and innovation.