DUBAI: Dr Salem bin Ali al Mahrouqi, Director General of Investment Affairs at the Public Authority for Mining (PAM), was elected as Chairman of the Geological Society of America (GSA) for the Middle East in Dubai and member of the GSA Advisory Board in the USA. Dr Mahrouqi is the first Omani to occupy this regional post. The GSA is the biggest professional geological society in the world with 129,000 members from 129 countries.
The Society, which has 6 regional offices round the world, focuses on geology and vocational developments of geologists. It carries out many activities, such as organising seminars, conferences, workshops and specialised training courses on oil geology. It also publishes many scientific publications and books. The Society organises many specialised competitions, the most important of which is the Imperial Barrel Award Competition at which the Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) came third at the international level many times. — ONA