Oman-hosted meetings of GCC ministers and officials of tourism and culture have recommended plans to advanced joint action at these levels, the Kuwaiti Minister of Information said. Mohammad Al-Jabri, also the Minister of State for Youth Affairs, said in a statement on Thursday at the sessions’ conclusion that the GCC 2020-2030 cultural strategy was adopted.
He indicated that the officials approved blueprints to link up cultural activities at the national level with the joint strategy. They also agreed to GCC countries’ participation in a number of cultural activities organized in Arab and foreign states, in addition to establishing communications with international cultural organizations.
At the tourism level, the GCC tourism officials blessed a number of recommendations, namely an executive plan for “the comprehensive vision of joint tourist action.” A Gulf city will be chosen every year to be proclaimed “the Gulf tourism capital,” he declared, also alluding to one of the decisions taken by the tourism officials. A joint program “Eesh Al-Khaljeej (live the Gulf)” was endorsed, he said.
Moreover, the meeting approved a memo presented by the GCC Secretariat General for holding an annual exhibition for artifacts. Al-Jabri lauded the pivotal role played by Oman, the current chair of the GCC summit, affirming that culture and tourism constituted substantial foundations of the GCC countries’ economies and development. The GCC, founded in the early 80s of the past century, comprises Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Qatar.