ARA Petroleum Contributes to the Ministry of Energy Initiative

Muscat: ARA Petroleum Exploration and Production, a member of the Zubair Corporation group of companies, took part in an initiative launched by the Ministry of Energy and Minerals to institute a centre for culture and innovation in Musandam, covering an area of 10,000 sqm. This step was carried out in cooperation with the Governor’s Office in Musandam, alongside six other companies from the oil and gas sector.

The agreement was signed between HE Sayyid Ibrahim Al Busaidi, Minister of State and Governor of Musandam, HE Eng. Salem Al Aufi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Energy and Minerals and Talal Al Aufi, CEO of OQ.

In this regard, Dr Omar bin Salem Al Jaidi, General Manager of ARA Petroleum Exploration and Production, said, “This cooperation between the seven companies involved in the establishment of the Musandam Centre for Culture and Innovation, stems from the objective of uniting similar visions and goals towards serving the local community in Musandam Governorate. Together with the Governor’s Office in Musandam, the centre will be based on three main pillars, encouraging community innovation, enhancing culture and innovation and promoting entrepreneurship within the governorate. Musandam Centre looks to spread awareness and enhance cultural development within the region by conducting a number of events and activities. These include seminars, conferences, poetry nights and art exhibitions. Moreover, it will seek to enrich innovation by enabling entrepreneurs to transform their ideas into state-of-the-art projects. In addition, the cultural, innovation and investment aspects of the project will be overseen by the Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Ministry of Education and Musandam Municipality, respectively.”

Musandam Centre will be established with the contribution of the following seven companies, specialised in the oil and gas field, namely, Petroleum Development Oman, Occidental Oman, BP Oman, OQ, Daleel Oil Company, CC Energy Development and ARA Petroleum. OQ will be responsible for the management and establishment of the centre on behalf of the joint-stock companies.


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