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A Touristic Adventure in Technology: Geo-Web Land Management System for the Ministry of Tourism in Oman


Oman is a touristic gem in the Arabian Peninsula which is renowned for having one of the most diverse environments in the Middle East in addition to great hospitality and a rich culture. Recently tourism has been booming in Oman and is expected to become one of the largest industries. The country boasts a lot of different attractions such as sandy beaches, water sports, diving, wildlife watching, deserts and mountains.

The Ministry of Tourism in Oman understands the prominent role modern information and communication technologies play in facilitating services, sharing information and promoting interaction, and so they launched the Oman Electronic Tourism Portal. The Ministry also launched Tour Oman, a mobile application that helps tourists find attractions and plan their trips in Oman. Tour Oman was developed by Khatib & Alami (K&A) in 2014 and is available on Android and Apple platforms.

The Ministry values innovative and creative solutions that support its business and offer better services to potential investors and tourists. This is why, after the success of Tour Oman, it turned to K&A yet again to develop the Geo-Web Land Management System to help it manage land allocation and grants for investors. This system replaces the old Lands System built using Oracle Forms where the data is stored directly in the Oracle database without any GIS integration. The new system boasts a single; simple and user friendly interface and eliminates data redundancy. It is also accessible via the internet/intranet and mobile devices.


We finished Phase I of the project which includes building the new system and training the Ministry’s team to use it. We are now moving into Phase II which includes integration with the correspondence system at the Ministry, the loading tabular and the spatial data of 400 land parcels in the old system.