(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) As part of activities related to Oman Environment Day, more than 500 volunteers from the Fareeq Asdiqaa A'Salam voluntary group will carry 10,000 mangrove saplings from the office of Quriyat's wali to Quriyat Creek on bikes for planting on January 24.Oman Environment Day is observed on January 8 every year and the sultanate witnesses many activities related to environment protection.The 5km rally, organised by the group in association with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA), will begin at 8am.The saplings will be planted along Quriyat Creek. A beach clean-up drive, a painting exhibition and other fun activities for children will also be organised on the day.Rashid Ahmed al Balushi, who heads Fareeq Asdiqaa A'Salam's media committee, said, ''Our bikers will ride through the city to spread messages on environment protection. We recently held a meeting to check our preparedness of the event.''The group had also organised a day-long marine festival in Quriyat to celebrate Muscat's naming as the Arab Tourism Capital for 2012. Balushi said, ''The festival attracted more than 20,000 visitors and showcased Oman's rich maritime heritage and traditions. The cultural programmes at the festival were broadcast live on Majan TV.''Balushi said H E Ahmed bin Nasser bin Hamad al Mehrzi, the Minister of Tourism, had lauded the successful organisation of the marine festival during his meetings with Majlis A'Shura members recently.The festival was held at the Quriyat fishing harbour and featured many activities including boat and water bike races, beach football, handball, volleyball and other competitions. It also had several activities for children.