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Muscat Geoheritage Auto Guide.

Muscat, June 26 (ONA)--- The Tourism Ministry celebrated at Sheraton Qurum Beach Resort today the launching of "Muscat Geoheritage Auto Guide" project under the patronage of Maithaa bint Saif al-Mahrouqiyah, Undersecretary of the Tourism Ministry, which comes to mark Muscat the Capital of Arab Tourism 2012. The idea of the project is based on having an application programme that includes information on 30 geo sites in Muscat, such as Al Khoudh, Bandar Al Khairan, Wadi Al Meeh and Baushar. The programme includes maps for Muscat, the geological sites and their paths to facilitate access to the destinations by the programme users and provide them with rich information on the sites. In a statement, the Undersecretary of the Tourism Ministry said that the project is one of the very vital projects, which highlights the environmental identity enjoyed by the Sultanate and provides natural and geologic nature. Launching the project comes within the events organized to mark Muscat the Capital of Arab Tourism 2012. She affirmed that the Ministry seeks to activate this project during this period to highlight the environmental aspect and focus on the sustainable environment. Al-Mahrouqiyah pointed out that the project has been implemented in collaboration with a large number of specialized departments at the Ministry of Tourism, specialized companies in geology and environment and the Sultan Qaboos University (SQU). She described the project as a scientific project rather than a tourist project. The project provides much valuable touristic, environmental and geological information on the Sultanate. She pointed out that the project is a digital programme that can be transmitted via smart phones in four languages. (30) major geological sites in Muscat have been selected and covered. The programme is available in Arabic, English, German and French languages. She also pointed out that there are maps in Arabic and English for the selected sites and that there are sign boards of geological information and illustrations. She further said that this project will be developed soon to include other governorates as the geological sites spread all over the Sultanate's governorates. Al-Mahrouqiyah affirmed that Muscat Geoheritage project captures UNESCO award for its continuous commitment to achieve sustainable development, education and cultural rapprochement within the efforts made by the Tourism Ministry to develop the tourism sector in the Sultanate and benefit from the world successful experience in the field of sustainable development. Said bin Khalfan al-Mesharfi, Director of Tourism Product Development at the Tourism Ministry delivered a speech during which he pointed out that the Sultanate, represented by the Tourism Ministry, in collaboration with other respective public and private departments, has adopted the sustainable development concept in its developmental strategy. He pointed out that the project is a good model for sustainable development projects supervised by the Tourism Ministry and is the outcome of reviewing many successful world experiences in displaying the natural and cultural potentials by using environment friendly technologies. The programme provides self-learning for individuals, as well as school and university students. During the launching ceremony, participants taking part in the project were honored. The Sultanate is one of the rich countries in geological phenomena due to the unique geological sites that attract researchers and those interested from different parts around the world. It is worth mentioning that the Sultanate hosted the Global Geotourism Conference at the end of 2011. The Geoheritage project is considered as an activation of the ideas resulted from the conference that focused on diversifying the touristic styles and targeted market segments. --- Ends/ MS/ KH

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