ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE AFFAIRS MINISTER OPENS WASTE MANAGEMENT CONFEX

Muscat, Oman, 13 December 2017 — Minister of Environment and Climate Affairs HE Mohammed bin Salem bin Said Al Tobi officially inaugurated the second edition of Oman Waste and Environmental Services Conference and Exhibition (OWES) at the Sheraton Hotel on Wednesday.
Oman's biggest exhibitions and conferences organizer Omanexpo has partnered for the second time with state-owned waste management body Oman Environmental Services Holding Company (be'ah) to organize what is the only waste management and environmental event in Oman.

This year, the exhibition will once again provide a beneficial trade, networking and investment platform for local and international business professionals with 33 companies from Austria, Netherlands, Oman, Turkey and the United Kingdom showcasing various segments such as solid waste, waste management, energy, waste-to-energy, waste recycling, urban environmental cleaning, environmental monitoring, consultancy, landfill operations, and more.

Of special significance is the presence of the Austria pavilion, represented by the Austrian Economic and Commercial Delegation in Muscat, which is featuring seven companies aiming to establish partnerships with businesses in Oman. This comes in line with Austria's reputation as being at the forefront of a wide range of technologies that are addressing the need to protect the environment and make it sustainable. Success in green technologies has helped Austrian companies to develop notable worldwide reputation.

Leveraging the need to address the most critical issues and challenges in the sector, the conference presentations will revolve around recycling, waste classification, facility management, advanced and innovative technologies for waste collection, transportation, sorting and recycling, and the future of waste management in Oman. Five experts from Austria will be presenting Austrian technologies from waste-to-energy facilities, recycling technologies and innovative waste collection and treatment, underlining the delegation's support to Oman's transition to a circular economy.

Highlighting the second session of the first day is a case study from Europe about the international trends in MSW-to-energy conversion, which will be presented by Dulce Passaro, ex-minister of Environmental Affairs of Portugal. Apart from the main sessions, interactive panel sessions will focus on best industry practices in recycling and reusing, trends that are helping reshape the waste management industry, and technologies, investment and market.

Omanexpo has also taken innovative steps to add an educational and social responsibility dimension to the show by way of the Student Innovation Lab pavilion.

The Student Innovation Lab encourages students from colleges and universities across Oman to translate their innovative ideas into projects that are relevant to the ongoing environmental awareness campaign spearheaded by state-owned waste management body Oman Environmental Services Holding Company (be'ah).

These projects, relating to environment protection, water conservation, waste management, waste recycling, wastewater treatment, green architecture, climate change mitigation, pollution abatement, green entrepreneurship, renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainability, clean manufacturing and environmental education, upon selection, will be presented to policy and decision makers, investors, and experts in the waste management field. This initiative will hone local talent, and on a larger scale, pave the way in reinforcing the government's Omanization goal in line with its diversification plan.

As part of its mission to help create and promote sustainable value in the environments it serves, Oman's largest privately owned mining group Kunooz Oman Holding has taken on a valuable role in the event by sponsoring the pavilion.

The event's sponsor roster includes Tradebe, Ecovision, Cocoon International, Kunooz Oman Holding, Majis Industrial Services, Maqshan Oil & Gas, Arab Lead Company and Urbaser SA.

OMAN'S BIGGEST FOOD AND HOSPITALITY EVENT OPENS

Muscat, Oman, 16 October 2017 — Omanexpo's signature food and hospitality trade event and Oman's biggest event of its kind, Food & Hospitality Exhibition & Conference, opened its doors to the trade audience on Monday, 16 October at the new Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre. The event was inaugurated by His Excellency Mohsin bin Mohamed Al Shaikh, chairman, Muscat Municipality.

This year, organizer Omanexpo is offering its trade audience more than 500 brands from companies from 15 participating countries. These brands cover the entire gamut of the food and hospitality sector, with products and services representing food products, beverages, agriculture and fisheries, ingredients and seasoning, catering and kitchen equipment, packaging systems, resort and spa facilities, hotel décor, hotel and hospitality technologies, HORECA furniture and services, and food processing technologies.

The event welcomed chefs, F&B managers, housekeeping managers, purchase managers and other relevant professionals from the industry as well as local and international importers, distributors and buyers from supermarkets and hypermarkets.

Highlighting the exhibition are the Omani Products Pavilion and the India Pavilion, which will showcase 40 companies. A concurrent feature is the 2nd Food Safety Oman Conference, which will cover current relevant issues as Food Safety Culture and Environment, Regulatory Environment, Food Handlers Training, Food Inspection, Supply Chain, Logistics and Packaging and New Technologies. Speakers will also present best-practice case studies to help and identify how to tackle critical issues in food safety.

Another highlight of the event is the traditional Professional Chefs Competition organized in association with Oman Chefs Guild. The competition will put more than 50 of the country's best professional chefs from 4 and 5-star hotels, restaurants, catering companies and bakeries, to a test of skill, technique and style in five categories: Three-Tier Wedding Cake, Tapas, Petit Fours, Live Cooking Mystery Box, and Five-Course Gourmet Dinner.

The sought-after Oman Barista Competition (an initiative in cooperation with Al Roofoof Trading LLC, Nuova Simonelli, illy, and National Hospitality Institute), will also be a crowd-drawer after successfully making its mark in the coffee scene after four editions.

Ammar Ahmad, exhibition director, Food & Hospitality Oman says "Our strategy to offer the sector and its audience and market more opportunities, whether business, investment or learning is contributing much to the sector's advancement. By creating awareness of current issues and challenges in Oman, especially food safety, which is also a global issue, and bringing in experts to the conference, we are able to create a wider audience and market base."

"The business-to-business meetings, which is also part of the show offering, is a way for us to provide companies with opportunities to increase their contacts in the local and international markets," he adds.

To date, the show boasts a supporter and sponsor lineup that includes Omani Products, Riyada, Unilever Food Solutions, Renaissance Services Group, Al Ansari Group, Convotherm, Al Jarwani Hospitality, Oman Foodstuff Factory and Sweets of Oman. The conference is supported by Exova Limited, TUV Middle East, Food Safety Experts, Highfield International, National Hospitality Institute, Food Safety Academy.

OMAN'S BIGGEST HEALTH AND MEDICAL EXHIBITION & CONFERENCE OPENS

Muscat, Oman, 9 October 2017 — Adviser for the Ministry of Health for Health Affairs His Excellency Sayyid Dr. Sultan bin Yarub Al Busaidi inaugurated the 7th edition of Oman Health Exhibition and Conference at the new Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre on Monday.

Oman Health Exhibition & Conference, recognized as the flagship health and medical event in Oman, will once again make its mark in the healthcare scene by bringing in close to 200 exhibiting partners from 18 countries.

This year's edition will also see the show's first-time association with Turkey as a country partner, who will offer healthcare and medical services from 20 leading health establishments. A noteworthy feature will be the India Health Plus pavilion, which will promote top medical consultants and specialists from more than 30 leading hospitals in India. Adding value to the exhibition are the national pavilions of Germany, Thailand and Iran—now an emerging preferred medical destination for its world-class treatment and services—which will feature consultants and medical specialists representing over 30 hospitals.

Concurrent to the exhibition is a three-day scientific conference, organized in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and the Oman Medical Association. The conference will feature a notable lineup of highly acclaimed local and international speakers who will foreground issues, challenges and case studies in medicine, surgery, paediatrics, ENT/ophthalmology, gynecology, emergency and trauma.

As testimony to the show's value, credibility and status as a significant event for the sector, it has enlisted the sponsorship support of ICT Healthcare, a market leader in enterprise health IT, Sri Ramachandra Medical Centre, one of the best multi-specialty hospitals in India and one of the largest private healthcare facilities in South Asia; Aster DM Healthcare, one of the largest and fastest-growing conglomerates in the MENA region; and the Ministry of Health, Turkey.

Oman's healthcare sector is earmarked by the government as one of the priority and potential sectors for foreign direct investment under its Health Vision 2050. The Ministry of Health is currently embarking on important health projects all over the country and is opening doors for new markets and investment opportunities in Oman. It has allocated US$ 3.4 billion of its expenditure on the healthcare sector, which is seen to rise by 12.9 per cent a year until 2020.

OMAN COMPANIES PARTICIPATE IN OMANEXPO'S FIRST OIL, GAS AND MINES EVENT IN KENYA

Muscat, Oman, 14 May 2017 — The recently concluded first edition of Oil, Gas & Mines Africa Exhibition and Conference (OGMA) held at the Kenyatta International Convention Center, Nairobi, Kenya, offered an ideal platform for ten Omani companies to leverage the timely opportunity to showcase their business potentials to African investors.

OGMA resulted in a resounding success as investors were able to benefit from the untapped opportunity presented by the boom in the region's industries.

Elaborating on the success of OGMA, Nader Abbas, general manager of event organizer Omanexpo, said “OGMA is a prospect-laden platform for investors, traders and industrialists with special focus placed on its energy and mining sectors. This is evidenced by the participation of Omani companies and 40 other international companies, which has given us encouragement to develop and organize more events, particularly in Kenya, which is the main business hub, in line with our geographic expansion plan, starting with East Africa and Iran.”

I am pleased to say that we have already scheduled OGMA's second edition for March 2018.

The inaugural event was graced by top luminaries that included Dr. Martin Heya, commissioner, Ministry of Energy, Republic of Kenya; Saleh bin Sulaiman Al Harthy, Oman's Ambassador to the Republic of Kenya and Mohammed Dori Yakub, ambassador of the Republic of Kenya to Oman.

Their presence lends credence to the fact that the event was a significant one for the oil and gas and mining industries. It served as a convergence between the extractives industry (oil, gas and mines) and the solutions/technology providers who could spur up the economic development in the larger Africa region.

The encouraging success of OGMA speaks volumes about the capabilities and reputation of Omanexpo, the pioneer event management company in Oman and the Sultanate's leading organizer of major trade fairs, conferences, and consumer exhibitions. Omanexpo has amply demonstrated its organising skills by successfully hosting OGMA in a foreign country. The event was highly appreciated by visitors, exhibitors and media.

The three-day event was aimed at providing a platform for professionals, companies and stakeholders to learn and understand the growth potentials of the countries in the East Africa region and showcase the newest products, services and technologies of companies in order to encourage business, improve their operations, and attract investment. According to the World Bank, five of the world's ten fastest-growing countries by five-year GDP average are in that continent. Africa as a whole has an annual output of about $2 trillion.

The event was held under the patronage of Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, government of the Republic of Kenya, and organised by Omanexpo, the pioneer exhibitions and conferences organizer in Oman, in association with TFEA (Trade and Fairs East Africa Ltd), and (EAGE) European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers. It was sponsored by the Oman Society for Petroleum Services (OPAL), Vanguard Engineering & Oilfield Services and Business Gateways.

THE 3RD OMAN ENERGY & WATER EXHIBITION & CONFERENCE OPENS

Muscat, Oman, 1 May 2017 — Oman's biggest energy and water event, Oman Energy & Water Exhibition & Conference, was opened on Monday by HE Sultan bin Salim bin Said Al Habsi, secretary general, Supreme Council for Planning at the new Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre.

The opening commenced with a speech by a PAEW representative, followed by a keynote presentation by Mehmet Erturk, vice president, Energy Market Regulatory Authority of Turkey (EMRA), who addressed the VIP gathering with a discussion on energy subsidy restructuring.

The event, organized by Oman's biggest trade exhibitions and conferences organizer, Omanexpo, in cooperation with the Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW), is the third edition this year and has introduced two new conferences apart from the main conference—Oman Automation & Control Summit and Oman Drainage & Wastewater Management Summit.

The main conference will feature sessions on the Oman Electricity Transmission Company Master Plan, renewable energy projects, sustainable solutions, power and water renewable technologies, and waste-to-energy solutions. Some of the speakers include Hashim Al Zahrani, Head of Interconnection Control Center, Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA), Dr Adil Al Busaidi, Senior Manager of Asset Management & Planning, Oman Electricity Transmission Company, Keith Stallard, Executive Manager, Water Sector Restructuring, Nama Holding or Mahmoud Jallad, Customer Service Improvement Program Manager, Nama Holding, Hilal Al Abdali, Contracts & Spot Market Director, Oman Power & Water Procurement Company (OPWP), Ziad Al Sati, Executive Vice President Controls & Digitalization Power Generation Services Division, Siemens Middle East.

The conference expects about 400 delegates that include key representatives from the government and private sectors, industry representatives and utilities experts from across the region.

Close to 100 local and international power and water companies from 13 countries (Austria, Bahrain, Germany, Hong Kong, Iran, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Spain, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA) are showcasing various products, technologies and services related to the sectors at the exhibition. The United Kingdom pavilion will feature 23 companies from the UK's power and water industry.

Adding value to the exhibitor experience, Omanexpo has set up an online matchmaking facility that allows individuals and companies to meet with potential business partners during the event.