12 Feb 2019
Oman Aviation Group, an organisation centred around boosting the aviation sector, has announced plans to support the country’s ocean economy.
Four key areas – being tourism, logistics, fisheries and agriculture – were revealed as fundamental to help develop the ocean economy, according to Mustafa al Hinai, CEO of Oman Aviation Group, who spoke at the inauguration of the Ocean Economy & Future Technology Conference at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC).
Hinai said: “In enabling the blue ocean economy, aviation sector’s role is to integrate other sectors in Oman such as fisheries, agriculture, mining and a sort of addition to the value-chain which this sector can bring in the entire mechanism.”
Hinai went on to say that with regards to the tourism sector, they are working towards “connecting cruise ships to the air so that cruise ships travelling across oceans can be stationed at ports in Oman. Thus, Oman could become a hub for cruise ships and tourists’ transit from airports to destined ports could happen directly. This initiative will also bring positive results to Oman’s aviation sector.”
He added that there is a lot of room for growth in the aviation sector, with it currently making up one per cent of the total goods transported through the sultanate.
Additionally, Oman Aviation Group is collaborating with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. “We can extract potential benefits out of these sectors by providing them access to major markets through our network,” he said, also pointing out that there are many products that can be derived from the sea, aside from what is obtained from fisheries.