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Oman to build $31m Film City

Oman's Film City iwill provide more than 100 job opportunities for Omanis and aims to produce and export films Chuklanov
Oman's Film City will provide more than 100 job opportunities for Omanis and aims to produce and export films

Oman is to build an OR12 million ($31.2 million) ‘Film City’ to boost its entertainment sector, a news report said.

The project follows the outcomes of workshops held in March by the ministry of sports, culture and youth, Oman Daily Observer reported, citing a government official.

The city is expected to provide more than 100 job opportunities for Omanis and aims to produce and export films, said Nader Al Rawahy, a delegate from the Oman Vision 2040 follow-up unit to the ministry.

Other projects include the OR2.2 million ‘Ibda’a Park/Creativity Park’ to attract Omani creators and OR1.1 million ‘Yaj’ to boost Mice tourism – meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions – in the sultanate.

In addition, the government is in the process of closing a further eight projects at an investment value of OR19 million. However, no details were given.

“The primary objective is to enable creative industries to stand on its own feet as it represents a promising sector,” said Aisha bint Mohammed Al Saifi, deputy head of the National Programme for Investment and Export Development.

The program is currently developing larger-scale projects and investment opportunities within the field, she added.

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