The Gulf Organisation for Research and Development (GORD) has concluded the initial round of talks with the Sultanate of Oman, represented by the Supreme Council for Planning. The meeting was arranged with an intention to embark on possible collaboration between the two organisations.

The meeting was held earlier this month at the GORD headquarters at Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP).

HE Talal Sulaiman Al Rahbi, Deputy Secretary General, Supreme Council for Planning in the Sultanate of Oman, said the visit comes as part of the continuous cooperation between Qatar and Oman and specifically to talk about building codes.

We are here to share knowledge and look in on the extensive experience of GORD in formulating building codes, and what they have been providing the region in terms of technical support and training. Today was a very valuable meeting… the intention is to continue this cooperation between the two organisations.’

Oman’s Supreme Council for Planning is the organisation responsible for the country’s sustainable development, in line with Oman Vision 2040. Acknowledging GORD’s expertise, HE Al Rahbi said that GORD is a very important organisation with a noble mandate.

Its track record is well-known now. The region knows this organisation’s achievements and it will be a good step for us in Oman to collaborate with GORD in areas of interest.’

With a series of talks expected to take place in the near future, the recent meeting between the two entities come at a time when Oman is actively driving its sustainability agenda as guided by the nation’s five-year plan and Oman Vision 2040.

Dr Yousef Alhorr, Chairman of GORD, said that GORD is committed to foster sustainability across the region and beyond.

We welcome the collaboration between both parties in catalysing sustainability best practices in the built environment.’

Following the first round of talks, representatives from GORD and Oman’s Supreme Council for Planning are expected to gather soon to discuss the next steps towards a strategic relationship between the two organisations.