At the launch of the eco-centre by Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah resort. At the launch of the eco-centre by Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah resort.

Coinciding with World Turtle Day 2016, Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa officially opened its new Eco Centre, with His Excellency Najeeb Al Rawas, undersecretary of Environment and Climate Affairs, attending the event as the guest of honour.

“The objective of the Eco-Centre is to encourage education into the conservation of the natural environment that surrounds us here in Muscat and to raise awareness of the extensive work that Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa undertakes in order to protect the endangered sea turtles," said the resort's resident manager Dirk Salzsieder, also the head of the CSR committee.

He added: "After six months of planning, gathering information and creating our concept we are thrilled to officially be opening the Eco Centre today. We hope that this area will provide a fun and exciting environment for both children and adults alike to learn more about Muscat’s environment."

The opening of the centre was attended by over 100 guests, which included local residents, hotel guests, the children from Our Planet and representatives from the Environment Society of Oman (ESO) and Five Oceans Environmental.

The resort's dedicated turtle ranger, Mohammed Al Hasani, talked about the resort's turtle care programme, to children from class KG3 of the Our Planet School in Madinat Qaboos. The children were also shown examples of turtles along the resorts Al Bandar beachfront.

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The newly created educational centre, located above Mokha Café in Al Bandar hotel, is a dedicated area to explore and learn about the natural eco system in Oman as well as the CSR activities and initiatives the resort is involved in.

The centre will not only have a collection of information to read and view, but will also be the location of a daily “Turtle Talk” and activities for children.

Shangri-La has an extensive programme to protect the whole eco system in Muscat and the efforts to do this will all be highlighted in this dedicated centre.

The Eco Centre will be open daily from 10am-6pm.