Omani marble producers get orders from overseas
October 9, 2013 | 12:00 AM
View of a marble quarry in Oman. Photo courtesy - Al Saheel Marbles

Muscat: Nine Omani marble and stone manufactures returned from the 48th annual International Trade Fair for Stone Design and Technology (Marmomacc) held in Verona, Italy, after securing over 100 export orders each worth between $8,000 and $10,000.

The Omani marble will be used in leading banks, hotels and offices in Austria, Italy, Algeria, Ireland, Libya and Egypt, said a press release.

The Omani delegation was led by the Public Authority for Investment Promotion and Export Development (Paiped) and included representatives from Al Turki Enterprises, Hamood Al Rashidi & Bros Trading, Gulf Mining Materials, Gulf Stone, Services & Trade Marble and Mining, Al Shanfari Marble, Al Rawas Marble & Granite, Al Zerabi Trading Establishment and Noor Al Sharq for Artificial Stone (Top Stone).  

Nasima Al Balushi, Paiped director-general (Export Development), said: "It's marvellous to see the positive response received on our pavilion. Indeed, the orders won clearly demonstrate the quality and pricing of Omani marble. We brought more exhibitors to this year's show and given the success of our participation, I fully expect to see a bigger Omani pavilion at Maromacc 2014."  

Held from September 25 to 28, the Sultanate's Marmomacc pavilion showcased Omani marble and stone products to more than 800 visitors, presenting samples that are unique to the country such as 'Salalah Rose,' 'Ibra Fancy' and 'Desert Bronze marble.' Today, less than a month after the exhibition, 22 per cent of those that exhibited on the Omani pavilion have secured contracts with Italian distributors.

Recycling marble waste
As part of exhibition, the Italian Trade Commission conducted courses on Advanced Marble Quarrying and Processing Technology for delegates from over 20 countries. Paiped also organised a specialised workshop on how to recycle marble waste and making operations more cost efficient and effective.

Exhibitor, Mohammed Musheer, marketing manager from Services & Trade Marble and Mining (STMM) said: "This was the fourth time that we've exhibited at Marmomacc. It's a trade show that gives us a great opportunity to display product, promote our brand, meet buyers and penetrate new markets. We're grateful to Paiped for their support. In fact, it's this type of strategic assistance that's helped STMM grow internationally."

A visitor to the Omani Pavilion, Mahmoud Bayomi from the Egyptian Exporters Association, remarked: "Oman produces the best marble in the Arab world. It's first class.

And our meeting with the Paiped team gave us an opportunity to discuss increasing Omani marble exports to Egypt and African countries."

In 2012, and valued at over $24 million, Omani  marble and stone was exported to  major markets in Asia and Europe.

"Paiped's Export Directorate is working hard to increase international awareness of Omani marble and stone sector. By participating at key trade shows like Marmomacc, we can help Omani manufacturers reach a broader and deeper audience," said Nasima Al Balushi.

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