Fathi Al-Riyami
Fathi Al-Riyami

Fathi Al-Riyami

Fathi is a global business leader with over 18 years IT  services experience in the US and in entrepreneurial practices, strategic business development, technology implementation and team leadership. Fathi offers customized digital designs, 3D virtual environments, integration learning solutions and corporate social media. In addition, he has global experience in developing creative, innovative world class new media solutions and has built a positive reputation with satisfied clients in the USA, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. On any given day, you will find Fathi working in various capacities throughout project lifespans, whether directly participating in CST team processes or in meetings to assess clients needs. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology.

H.H Al Sayyid Taimur Al Said Dr. Phylis Johnson

Dr. Phylis Johnson

Phylis Johnson, PhD, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, is Professor and Director of Journalism and Mass Communications at San Jose State University, and Emeritus Professor of Sound & New Media in the College of Mass Communication & Media Arts at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She is the co-founder and co-editor of Resonance: The Journal of Sound and Culture (University of California Press), and former editor Soundscape: The Journal of Acoustic Ecology and The Journal of Radio and Audio Media.  She is also the long-standing arts & technology reviews editor for the Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds (Bangor, UK).  She has authored five books in media studies and numerous research chapters and journal articles, primarily addressing trends in emerging media and technologies, particularly virtual and mixed reality.  Dr. Johnson often writes on the future of media, drawing from her more than 20 years of concurrent experience as a professor of media and as well as industry work in professional media programming and management.  She is under contract with IGI Global for her latest book, “Redefining Journalism in an Age of Technological Advancements, Changing Demographics, and Social Issues.”

Ray Gutierrez

Ray Gutierrez

Born in Silicon Valley, San Jose California, Ray is an award-winning writer and director. He is a 2019 graduated with honors from U.C. Santa Cruz in Film and Digital Media. In 2018 he achieved praise from the U.C. system earning state recognition for his efforts and documentary he directed overseas; labeled a citizen of the world, particularly for his international collaborative work in social media awareness for the differently-abed as well as social injustice for crimes against humanity. He was also chosen and participated in an exchange program for prestigious business school of Thammasat University where he studied international business strategy in Bangkok Thailand. He has directed films all over the world including Sweden, India and Thailand. His screenplay “The Lucid Dream of Eric Butterworth” was nominated for best screenplay at the Beverley Hills Film festival leading to a meeting with the Weinstein Company and Lions Gate. He is currently working with Award winning m2films on his children animation series for PBS focusing on social tolerance and science. In addition to that he has two books coming out 2021and 2022 based on historic figures.

Virtual Tourism in 2020 and Beyond Begins with an Idea

Virtual Tourism in 2020 and Beyond Begins with an Idea

Virtual Tourism in 2020 and Beyond

Begins with an Idea

Many of us have encountered science fiction classics from H.G. Wells, Ray Bradbury, Neal Stephenson and Philip K. Dick, who were master storytellers of a forthcoming brave new world.  If they were not read, they were viewed in movies, and have influenced our lives, shaping our future.  These worlds were imagined.  Some featured wall screens that allowed for immersive interaction from their then citizens, allowed people to experience a world beyond their daily routine, travelling instantly across the world in their mind and provided even sensory opportunities to the physically challenged.  Such scenarios bring opportunities for rethinking tourism and positioning our cities for the future.   

The world is changing rapidly from biotechnology (i.e.,  cloning of body organs, robotic pets who serve as assistants) to on-the-spot data collection, archival and retrieval, increasingly connecting work and home environments as well as once laughable and literally out-of-this world travel destinations.  These are merely some examples of what to expect in the near to distant future.

The Vision Outlines the Path

What is a smart nation, other than the foresight of its leaders embracing the latest and emerging technologies to create the future they envision for their people.   More than ever, technology and our global pandemics, climate warming, and an ever-shrinking world, in which we are all impacted by one another, are critical to the economic and cultural health of our respective nations.  

The Path is Guided by Technology

Today, there are reports and demonstrations of what our future will look like in the next 20 to 40 years.   Simply stated, with the onset of 5G, we must be ready to unleash the next level of technology that is both immersive and interactive.   Virtual Reality (VR) has been discussed for more than a century, yet it has taken until now for it to be a reality.  Augmented (AR) and mixed reality (XR) present ways for us to focus on marketing potential, capturing a huge hunk of the growing global e-commerce.  

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, …. but will never forget how you made them feel.”

– Maya Angelou

Virtual reality represents alternative ways for travel for many, and invites Star Trek scenarios to appeal to our imagination.  Somewhere in between, consumers will find themselves tempted to embrace these possibilities, as such places become inaccessible due to one’s age as well as physical and financial constraints.   For others, they offer a glimpse of destination and culture that they thought was only possible in movies or storybooks. 

As we move beyond 2020, Oman has the cultural capital to bring the past to the present and to shape its future in the world economy in a creative way.  Infrastructures are being reconceived as concrete and virtual spaces, in which both intertwine to create a new way of living and doing business.   A hotel is not just a place to stay during a vacation but may represent a virtual pod for tourists to connect and re-experience travel destinations. 

Impossible is Not an Option 

Whether one is booking a hotel stay, or checking out of life for a while, the tourism business is continually challenged and must be redefined in terms of what it means to getaway for the weekend or a month.   The integration of tourism, culture and e-commerce offer opportunities that are best expressed as experiences and shared as stories by the Omani people to the world.  It is best to consider that which may be improbable to you at this moment in time will likely be common practice in the years ahead.  

Unique Experiences for All

An opportunity lost is a solution overlooked due to fear and lack of foresight.  Cosmic Surrounding Business, LLC is positioned to tell your story authentically by creating and distributing immersive and rich content to a world audience, and we do so by developing unique experiences for tourists, one explorer and one adventure at a time, and then reverberate those stories across social media and network distribution services throughout the globe, all the while capturing the mind and heart of all to fall in love with Oman.    Enter into our storybook, for it is real and can be felt through new and emerging technologies in ways never imagined previously. 

by Phylis West-Johnson, Ph.D.