Made in Oman
During the special OCCI ceremony, His Excellency honoured participants of the Omani Products Trade Exhibition held in Riyadh in December 2012. In attendance were H.E. Ahmed bin Hassan Al Dheeb, Undersecretary, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, H.E. Khalil Al Khonji, Chairman, OCCI and Hilal bin Hamad Al Hasani, CEO, PEIE, along with PAIPED Board Members and representatives from both private and public sector companies. Strategies for improving market presence and gaining both short and long-term returns were also highlighted during the ceremony.
The overwhelming response and participation of more than 60 Omani companies in Riyadh in December, prompted the Organizing Committee to maintain its successful track record in creating high-profile business initiatives.
‘Omani Inventors’ develop the first made-in-Oman ‘‘mist screen’’
29 March 2013
Oman is witnessing an exponential growth in those expressing an interest in information communication technologies (ICTs), resulting in many young Omanis eager to innovate and create. One such group, the ‘Omani Inventors’, was on hand to display their latest innovations during COMEX 2013 – Oman’s IT, Telecom and Technology Show. Firas Al-Musafir, Team Leader of the ‘Omani Inventors’ group, said, “Our aim is to showcase Omani youth abilities’ to innovate and create. We also hope to encourage youngsters to follow the path of innovations in science.”
Organized by the Oman Chamber of Commerce & Industry (OCCI), the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (PEIE) and the newly-formed Public Authority for Investment Promotion and Export Development (PAIPED), Omani companies will be showcasing their products on a 3,600 square metre national pavilion.
The Riyadh exhibition aims to promote Omani goods and educate Saudi consumers on the availability of products manufactured in the Sultanate. Indeed, many in the Omani business community consider the four-day Riyadh show as a critical image-maker for companies whose products have had little exposure in the large and growing Saudi market.
The programme once again brings together some of the brightest marketing and business administration students from across the Middle East and North Africa. Offering an incomparable opportunity to get behind the scenes of one of the region’s biggest tourism success stories and work alongside highly experienced practitioners in the field, the DSS Apprenticeship Programme this year welcomes winners from 12 countries – the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, KSA, Bahrain, Oman, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Palestine and, for the first time, Morocco.
Hamza Mustafa Al Lawati, a fourth year Management student at Sultan Qaboos University was chosen by a jury comprising of key DSS representatives and marketing professionals to represent Omanin the 7th edition of the prestigious programme.
The event, which kicked off on Monday under the auspices of Sheikh Ahmed bin Saleh Al Ma'awali, Wali of Saham and in the presence of a number of walis and government units officials, representatives of industrial sector and Omani businessmen, has drawn positive response from its exhibitors and visitors.
As many as 50 companies representing various economic, production and service sectors from within and outside the industrial estates pertaining to PEIE are taking part in the exhibition.
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saleh Al Ma'awali, Wali of Saham, said, "We are undoubtedly proud to witness a significant demand on the Omani products not only in our local markets but also globally. PEIE has been working steadily in organising a series of exhibitions to highlight the advantages of purchasing local-made products."
Governor of the Al Batinah South: "It's a pride to see high quality of local products available for consumers in the Omani Products Exhibition in Rustaq"
PEIE CEO: "The industrial sector is currently embracing more than 14000 of national manpower"
Muscat: With the aim of promoting the high quality local products in various wilayats of the Sultanate, Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (PEIE) holds a three-day exhibition for Omani Products in the wilayat of Rustaq in Al Batinah South as part of the "Omani Campaign".
The opening ceremony held yesterday (Sunday) was patronised over by Sheikh Hilal bin Said Al Hajri, Governor of the Al Batinah South and in the presence of a number of walis and government units officials, representatives of industrial sector and Omani businessmen. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Al Hajri hailed the concrete efforts undertaken by PEIE to promote the Omani products through the 'Oman Campaign'. Al Hajri said: "Organising these exhibitions play a vital role in spreading awareness on the importance of the Omani products to the consumers throughout the various governorates of the Sultanate. It's such a pride to witness the excellent quality of local products available for consumers in the Omani Products Exhibition in Rustaq."
Company Makes Significant Training Investment As It Seeks To Be Recognised As A Top 5 Employer in Oman
Muscat, 3 July, 2011: Haya Water recognises that the quality of the services it offers to its customers and partners as it embarks on its ground breaking water re-use project in Muscat depends on the skills, commitment and dedication of its workforce.
That is why the company invests nearly 5 per cent of its total payroll budget every year on delivering comprehensive training programmes to its staff operating at every level of the company’s business.
As an Omani company delivering services to the people of Oman, the company has a very active commitment to the highest levels of Omanisation and has already achieved 72 per cent with that number rising every year.
Haya Water’s commitment to Omanisation does not stop with recruitment. That is only the start of an intensive programme of training and development that new recruits receive from the company who then benefit from continuous on the job training.
It is this commitment to the development and training of staff at all levels that make the company confident it can achieve its ambition in the future to become recognised as one of the top five employers in Oman.
Already the company has planned 125 different training programmes, 474 training sessions, 822 training days and 5,576 trainees’ days – delivering one of the most intensive training and mentoring programmes conducted by a company in the Sultanate.
Haya Water HR Manager Mr Ibraheem Al Sulimani said: “As a business we know that our success must be built on the talent, capabilities and commitment of everyone of our staff. That is why we are investing more every year in delivering the widest possible range of training programmes and activities to ensure that all our staff continues to grow and develop their careers.
“The more knowledge and education we are able to pass on to our staff means they can perform even better than in the past and ensure the levels of service they deliver are constantly improving. It also gives them as an individual a much more rewarding career and helps to reinforce their commitment to Haya Water and our business.”
The company is currently embarking on the largest ever water re-use project of its kind in the Middle East that will eventually see at least 80 per cent of households and businesses in Muscat Governorate connected to a world class state of the art waste water treatment system.
It has been planned as a system that will ensure long terms benefits to both individuals and the environment allowing the use of treated water for irrigation purposes and solid waste to be used for compost – relieving pressure on ground water and desalination plants while reducing the levels of greenhouse gas emissions.
In training services the company has also embarked on a scheme that is developing its own skilled internal staff to be trainers and 20 Haya Water employees are now certified and running programmes that include safety awareness, the role of internal auditors and understanding the Haya Water business. Other development area programmes delivered to staff cover areas that include a commitment to operational excellence; developing a learning culture; creating a culture of customer care at Haya Water, the social and environmental relevance of Haya Water’s programmes and many others.
As a company Haya Water is fully committed to serving society in Muscat by delivering a world-class water reuse project that will create a “Greener and Cleaner Muscat” and produce major benefits to individuals, businesses and communities across the Muscat Governorate.
Muscat, Apr 15 (ONA) --- The Omani Products Exhibition will be opened at Carrefour Markets on the forthcoming 'Sunday' under the auspices of Hilal bin Hamad al Ahsani, CEO of Public Establishments for Industrial Estates (PEIE). The exhibition comes within a series of exhibition organized by the PEIE in various governorates and regions of the Sultanate.
Al Ahsani said that the exhibition aims at highlighting the Omani products within the framework of a big campaign organized by the establishment in various regions and governorates of the Sultanate and raise the awareness of the consumers towards the Omani products and the industry in Oman, as well as stressing the importance of purchasing the local made products, adding that the exhibition is a good opportunity for the exhibitors to show their products and promote the trade relations with the consumers.
He also added that the exhibition is considered as one of the important exhibitions that enhance the role of the Omani products and craft industries which have attracted not only the local market, but also the global markets, pointing out that the establishment is enhancing their role in this regard in coordination with the small and medium enterprises in this regard, as well as knowledge mine at the knowledge oasis.
5 world premieres, 2 international premieres included in shortlist
Dubai, UAE; April 12, 2011: Seven Omani films – including five making their global debut – will be screened at the fourth Gulf Film Festival, the home of bold, experimental and contemporary cinema from the Gulf nations, Iraq and Yemen. The Omani slate is part of the 153 films from 31 countries – including 114 films that provide a rare and authentic glimpse into the Arabian peninsula being screened free to the public in Dubai from Thursday (April 14, 2011) to April 20.
The festival, taking place at Dubai Festival City, is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture).
Three of the Omani films are competing in the Festival’s Gulf Competition – Shorts segment. Spices, a world premiere from director Amer Alrawas, surprises with its stories of four individuals at the same moment in time - a barren woman looking for a solution; a 90-year old man waiting for something to happen; a child preparing to change the inevitable; and a blogger.
Khalid Al Khalbani’s The Desert Angels, making its international premiere at the Festival, follows a man who always aspired to eliminate racial discrimination from his life, so that his children can live happily. However, his dream is dissipated when he has to choose between leaving his daughter in the desert or death.
The compelling Human Remains, a Kuwait-Oman co-production directed by Jassim Al Nofaly and Meshal Al Hulail, tells the twin stories of a Kuwaiti ex-prisoner who returns from Guantanamo Bay, an American soldier who escapes the military; their psychological struggles and what happens when they meet. The film will make its international premiere in Dubai.
Four Omani students are also shortlisted for the Festival’s student competition, including Sarmad Abdul Hameed Al-Zoubidy’s animated film Accident, about the impact of accidents and how it affects several unrelated individuals; adventure drama Raneen by Maitham Al Musawi, about a curious young boy who meets a sick girl in a depressing hospital and starts a new friendship; Issa Al Subhi’s Before Sunset, an experimental film, focusing on the life of a child with a disability; and Style by Sultan Al Hussaini, humorously depicts the shifting style preferences of today’s youngsters. All four films will make their world premieres in Dubai.
Festival Director Masoud Amralla Al Ali said: “Inspiring talented youngsters from the region to pursue their ambitions in filmmaking has been one of the founding objectives of the Gulf Film Festival. We are happy to see the region making enormous strides, as demonstrated by the seven films from Oman, which underscore the rich talent base the Gulf region has.”
The fourth edition of the Gulf Film Festival will be held at the InterContinental Hotel, Crowne Plaza and Grand Cinemas at Dubai Festival City. The 2011 Festival includes out-of-competition segments, a master class by renowned director Abbas Kiarostami and other special events. All films are free and open to the public.
The festival is supported by Dubai Culture & Arts Authority and is held in association with Dubai Studio City. More details on the festival are available online at www.gulffilmfest.com.
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