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ROP puts curbs on parking of vehicles during AGCC summit
Saturday, December 27, 2008 12:29:35 AM Oman Time
MUSCAT — The Directorate of Public Relations, Royal Oman Police, has prohibited parking of vehicles on the service roads parallel to the following roads on account of the AGCC summit, which will be held here on December 29 and 30.
The prohibition will be effective from 8pm tomorrow (Sunday) to 11pm on Tuesday.
l Sultan Qaboos Road from Assahwa Tower Roundabout to Al Bustan Palace Hotel Roundabout through Muttrah Corniche, Muscat town and Sidab.
l Sultan Qaboos Road from Assahwa Tower Roundabout to Al Bustan Palace Hotel Roundabout through Al Qurum-Darsait-Al Wadi Al Kabir.
l The road will be closed as scheduled below to traffic on both sides from Assahwa Tower Roundabout to Al Bustan Palace Hotel Roundabout via Al Qurum-Darsait-Al Wadi Al Kabir. Instead, the traffic will be directed to alternative routes.
a. Monday (December 29) from 10am to 3pm
b. Tuesday (December 30) from 3pm to 8 pm.
l Heavy vehicles and trucks will not be allowed on Sultan Qaboos Road from Assahwa Tower Roundabout to Al Bustan Palace Hotel Roundabout. They will be directed to alternative routes as from 8am to 5pm on Monday (December 29) and from 12 noon to 11pm on Tuesday (December 30).
All motorists are requested to comply with the above and cooperate with the Royal Oman Police personnel.
أثناء انعقاد مؤتمر قمة دول مجلس التعاون
شرطة عمان السلطانية تحدد الطرق البديلة للقادمين إلى مسقط
كتب ـ وليد محمود :حددت شرطة عمان السلطانية الطرق البديلة التي يجب على القادمين إلى محافظة مسقط ارتيادها بديلا عن شارع السلطان قابوس والذي سيكون مشغولا باستقبال قادة دول مجلس التعاون حيث سيتم إغلاق شارع السلطان قابوس بداية من دوار برج الصحوة حتى دوار فندق قصر البستان مرورا بجسر القرم دارسيت والوادي الكبير كما أوضحت شرطة عمان السلطانية أنه سيتم تحويل السير كليا قبل وصول ومغادرة أصحاب الجلالة والسمو قادة دول مجلس التعاون من دوار برج الصحوة إلى دوار فندق قصر البستان مرورا بجسر القرم ـ دارسيت والوادي الكبير والعكس إلى مسارات بديلة وذلك يوم الإثنين 29/12/2008م بداية من الساعة العاشرة صباحا وحتى الساعة الثالثة مساء ويوم الثلاثاء الموافق 30/12/2008م بداية من الساعة الثالثة مساء وحتى الساعة الثامنة مساء حيث يمكن للقادمين من منطقة الباطنة والمتجهين إلى محافظة مسقط والعكس سلوك شارع 18 نوفمبر بداية من جسر الموالح مرورا بالعذيبة الشمالية والغبرة الشمالية والخوير الشمالية .
أما بالنسبة للقادمين من الشرقية والداخلية إلى محافظة مسقط والعكس عليهم سلوك طريق مرتفعات المطار بداية من معسكر المرتفعة حتى دوار المستشفى السلطاني ومجمع السلطان قابوس الرياضي والخوير الجنوبية حتى مدينة الإعلام أو مرورا بطريق الأنصب شارع الأنصب ـ الجفنين ـ والرسيل إلى دوار مستشفى القوات المسلحة.
من ناحية أخرى سيتم تحويل سير الشاحنات الكبيرة كليا من شارع السلطان قابوس بداية من دوار فندق قصر البستان والعكس إلى مسارات أخرى وذلك بين الساعة الثامنة صباحا وحتى الساعة الخامسة مساء يوم الإثنين الموافق 29/12/2008م ومن الساعة 12 ظهرا حتى الساعة 11 مساء يوم الثلاثاء الموافق 30 ديسمبر .
كما تنوه شرطة عمان السلطانية إلى أنه سوف يمنع وقوف المركبات على جانبي شارع السلطان قابوس ـ جسر القرم ـ حتى فندق قصر البستان وشارع السلطان قابوس من دوار برج الصحوة حتى دوار فندق قصر البستان مرورا بالشارع البحري ـ دارسيت فمطرح فسداب .
It seems that the person is craving for attention for his blogs, needs to increase the number of traffic (who doesn‘t), as a result I have activated the word verification for comments.
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(The post been Edited on 24 Dec 2008 20:59 PM. GMT 4+).
Some Financial Humor:
· The US has made a new weapon that destroys people but keeps the building standing,. Its called the stock market - Jay Leno
· Do you have any idea how cheap stocks are?? Wall Street is now being called Wal Mart Street - Jay Leno
· The difference between a pigeon and a London investment banker. The pigeon can still make a deposit on a BMW.
· What's the difference between a guy who lost everything in Las Vegas and an investment banker? A tie!
· The problem with investment bank balance sheet is that on the left side nothing's right and on the right side nothing's left.
· I want to warn people from Nigeria who might be watching our show, if you get any emails from Washington asking for money, it's a scam. Don't fall for it - Jay Leno
· Bush was asked about the credit crunch. He said it was his favorite candy bar - Jay Leno
· The rescue bill was about 450 pages. President Bush's copy is even thicker. They had to include pictures - Jay Leno
· President Bush's response was to meet some small business owners in San Antonio last week. The small business owners are General Motors, General Electric and Century 21 - Jay Leno
· What worries me most about the credit crunch, is that if one of my checks is returned stamped 'insufficient funds'. I won't know whether that refers to mine or the bank's.
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Sorry everyone for that.
Umrah or Ummrah is a minor pilgrimage performed by the Muslims who follow Islam as religion. Muslim may perform it unlimitedly and anytime.
I personally know people go to perform it every year, it’s their choice, they may want to gain more Thawab (Reward for good deeds) and pray to Allah (God) to wipe out their Ithims (sins).
I believe if one already performed Umrah, and wants to perform again, he can gain more Thawab by sponsoring the below categories to go to Umrah:
Think about it, you may gain double or triple or countless Thawab (only God knows how much he will reward you) as if you had performed Umrah. But that is all depends on your true intention, and no one knows it except you and God in addition to the Mala’ikah (Angles) on your left or right who write your deeds, if your intention was good, the right Angle will write it as good deed, and vice verse.
Click here for Glossary of Islamic terms in Arabic.
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- Thinking (T)
- Practical (ST)
- Sensing (S)
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Hippie or not
Over three years ago, I mate a young man, from the same community, I always found thing strange in his behaviour and character, which made me feel uncomfortable.
Since then, I was trying to figure out, which group he may fit in, he looked like a care free person, long hair, I realized he has a Hippie character, don‘t ask me, I just sense it.
The question is, are their Hippies in the Arab world or not?
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I believe that his father is behind this charade, which has been planned very well.
He may have tipped him of to create diversions of the world from Osama’s 'the Terrorist' to sympathise with his son 'the victim' of his father’s sins (that he kills innocents for the name of Islam), who was once covering his daddy’s back in Afghan and supporting Talibaan with their manly and primitive thoughts by the name of Islam.
His side of the story
One of the world's largest international organisations for students, AISEC, is all set to start operations in Oman with an innovative foreign internship programme.
At 19, Saqib Khan is like any other student within the Majan College premises in Muttrah but for one thing. Come February next year this third year student of computer networking will be off to Keio in Japan for a three-month internship with Kiban, a technology company dealing with e-commerce. Saqib, will be the first person rom Oman to go on an internship arranged by the international youth organisation AIESEC.
He will be the first of many hundred more young people from the sultanate who will be off in the coming years on an exchange programme that opens the doors for Omani youth to develop their skills abroad. At the same time, AIESEC’s programme will offer local busines-ses a chance to tap into an international talent pool especially for temporary roles.
“At the moment, AIESEC, with 32,000 active members, is present in more than 108 countries and territories around the world. We have a deep history in the Middle East-North Africa region, dating back to the 1960s,” said Brett Borkan, director of business development, AIESEC official extension to Oman.
“With student chapters in Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Algeria, Jordan, Iran, Bahrain, Qatar, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Oman is logically the next step in our efforts,” he added.
Although AIESEC has been present in Oman for some time now, their official launch is expected to take place at year-end. The organisation itself, which is run entirely by students and recent graduates of higher education, was launched 60 years ago in 1948 in Stockholm with just seven member countries.
The aim was to promote peaceful relations between these seven nations in a world fresh out World War II. In its first year the then fledgling organisation arranged 89 traineeships. Interestingly enough, many of these early internship exc-hange programmes were between France and Germany, a country that had occupied much of France during the war.
But how does all this make a difference to people in Oman? Kenneth MacFarlane, senior country partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), which is AIESEC’s global partner and also its local partner in the sultanate, has this to say. “PWC absorbs around ten Omanis into its permanent staff each year.
The main attraction for me is to get Omanis on outbound internships where they can gain international exposure,” he expl-ained, adding that this would help build a young national workforce that would come armed with knowledge of how things work outside their own country.
MacFarlane’s argument is vindicated by the views of inbound interns who are already working in Oman. “I have already worked with PWC in Mexico City. I wanted to see how the firm operated elsewhere so that I could learn about its global operation methods,” said 25-year-old Rebeca Rubi Alvarado, a student of accounting from Mexico. Yet, the idea of overseas internships is not the only attraction for AIESEC’s members.
A non-profit global organisation run like a business house, it gives its members the opportunity to try their hand at being professionals before even exiting the academic world. “Firstly, I enjoy the sense of responsibility that comes with being a key member of the organisation. Secondly, as the vice-president of marketing, I get practice in reality what I learn in the confines of the classroom,” said Hasna Sultan, who recently graduated from the Modern College of Business and is the vice- president of marketing for AIESEC’s local committee in Bausher.
For Rashad al Jamali, president, local committee, Bausher, AIESEC, it was the whole professional aura of its members that drew him in. “I got to know about AIESEC when Brett and a friend were promoting the organisation in our college. At the time I thought the whole thing seemed a lot more professional than anything else,” he said.
Since then Rashad has attended two international AIESEC conferences, one in Bahrain and another in Tunisia, and the only thing that he thinks could be a deterrent to more people joining the organisation is the need for time management. “It can get difficult to manage time on occasion, especially during exams,” he said, adding that he would nevertheless recommend becoming a member.
Meanwhile Saqib’s initial excitement about going to Japan has given way to apprehensions about the change in environment. “Language is probably going to be a big problem. Unlike in Oman where most people speak in English, everything in Japan is in Japanese,” he explained, adding with a nervous smile, “And I don’t know a syllable of Japanese.” According to 26-year-old Kristina Mader, a student of finance and tax audit from Germany, the only way to get over such apprehensions is to take the plunge and find out what the situation on the ground is really like rather than depend on second hand experience or the opinions of others.
“Back home, everyone has a negative opinion of the Middle East region because of what they read or see in the media. But no one really knows what things are like here. Only after coming here do you realise that not all of the Middle East is a conflict zone,” she said.
Besides, according to Adriana Marinaro, senior manager, assurance/business advisory services, PWC, being an AIESEC member might even work out in your favour when it comes to employment.
“Having AIESEC on your CV immediately communicates that you are more likely to be a dedicated employee,” said Adriana, who was a member of the organisation for three years and is now coordinating PWC’s activities with AIESEC in Oman. So, does being a member of AIESEC mean a ticket to overseas internships, fancy designations and an easier route to a job? Not quite. “You could either choose to be a passive member or someone who is actively involved. Most people who benefit from their time as AIESEC members are the latter,” said Adriana.
After all you get what you give. Email BrettB@aiesecom.org or log on to www.aiesec.org for more details
H E Dr abdullah al sarmi undersecretary, ministry of higher education, speaks to THEWEEK
What will AIESEC be able to accomplish for Oman and its youth?
AIESEC, the world’s largest international student organisation and the second largest organisation registered with the United Nations (UN), has taken recent steps in a bold initiative to bring new human development opportunities to the youth in the Arab region.
In Oman, AIESEC will work with higher education institutions to give students the opportunity to participate in its empowering programmes. These would offer students the chance to participate in conferences with youth from across the region and the world and in skills training from local and global businesses in Oman.
In addition, they will help develop a sense of community and giving back through cultural programmes; foster a greater understanding of what is happening in the Omani society and in the world. What exactly is the ministry’s role in the establishment of AIESEC in Oman?
The ministry has already liaised with the government sectors involved in this regard. AIESEC is now registered in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, as an independent body, and can exercise its functions, one of which is to sponsor visits of inbound interns to Oman.
The ministry has also encouraged public and private higher education institutions to participate and contribute with AIESEC in order to activate its noble functions. What sets AIESEC’s internship programme apart from others? The exchange programme will open the doors for Omani youth to develop their skills in any of the countries where AIESEC currently operates, and at the same time give Omani businesses the chance to access an international talent pool to fulfill their business needs in temporary roles while building future local capacity.
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Listings are horribly hard to put together. This one is more so because how does one measure power? For another when there are so many talented and successful women in business how does one zero in on the 20 most powerful? For us power is what power does. To have a flamboyant title is one thing but to actually do something that amplifies that the power of position another. We defined power as influence over an industry, the ability to change the rules of the game or a distinction that is unique. We relied on industry watchers to arrive at the final list. You will meet them over the following pages
HH Sayyida Alia bint Thuwaini Al Said*
Mindful of business power
Because she is the driving force behind the highly successful Women in Business Conference – the highly acclaimed exclusive conference for women who are in business. This conference was held for the second time this year in Muscat under HH Sayyida Alia's patronage. The Women in Business Conference held in Muscat attracts women entrepreneurs, prominent businesswomen from all over the world, who share inspiration and knowledge through their experiences in the corporate arena. It provides a platform for women in the Sultanate to come together for networking and imbibe core business values and principles for running a successful enterprise. Workshops and seminars during the event addresses key issues which are particularly relevant to Arab world where women are still bracketed into conventional roles of being a mother, wife and a homemaker.
Other associations: HH Sayyida Alia is also the honorary president of Al Noor Association for the Blind
* The list is in alphabetical order of names
A quite performer
Director, Suhail Bahwan Group
Because as the Director of Bahwan IT she has led the company from the front. The 23 year old company is seen as a pioneer in the IT and scape of Oman. Bahwan IT offers end-to-end IT products and services which revolve around the industry standard hardware, networking, security, data capture and software domain. The company has worked on delivering and implementing solutions in a timely and professional manner over the years.
This has won Bahwan IT partners like Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Cisco, 3i Infotech, Red Hat, Oracle etc. The company practices strong quality systems and excellent project management approach. Amal is also a member of the Board of Director's of the Suhail Bahwan Group one of the foremost business houses in Oman.
Managerial style: A consultative approach to address customer requirements
The driving force
Areej Mohsin Haider Darwish
Joint Deputy Managing Director, MHD
Because she looks after the automotive division of MHD which boasts of state-of-the-art brands like Jaguar, Land Rover and Range Rover. As a member of the company's corporate committee she is actively involved in developing strategies to realign the company's business model to tap into upcoming opportunities. Says Areej, "I believe that quality after sales service is very important to retain customer loyalty and have chalked out plans towards restructuring the customer care function that would have specific action items linked to deliverables and performance indicator objectives." A firm believer in an 'enabling' style of leadership she specifies her objectives to her subordinates giving them the freedom to accomplish the assigned tasks within a reasonable time frame.
Leadership principle: A leader's obligation is to lay out clear-cut strategies and goals and to create a healthy working environment of mutual trust, respect and consideration for each other's ideas and feelings
Getting out of one's comfort zone
Assilah Zaher Al Harthy
Head of Corporate Affairs, Oman Oil Company
Because she quit as the Managing Director of the Al Harthy Group in 2001, her family owned business and decided to work for Oman Oil Company. Assilah has gone on to prove her mettle in the intensely competitive oil and gas industry. At OOC she leads a 13 member corporate affairs team involved in fostering a performance culture within the organisation and building its reputation as a world class company. An alumni of Harvard Business School she played an important role in securing a "Sultan of Oman Professorship of International Relations" at her alma mater in April 2004. The professorship encourages scholarship regarding Oman's special contribution to international affairs.
She has been involved with the "Five-Year Planning" process for the government of the Sultanate of Oman from 2001 to 2005 as a representative of the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Work ethic: As long as you are ready to take on challenges you are bound to grow
Communicator par excellence
Dr Fatima Al Barwani
Manager – Corporate Communications, MB Holding Company
Because she has done exceedingly well in conceptualising and managing the internal and external communications for the entire MB Holding and its group companies employing more than 6000 people in over 12 countries across the globe. Not a mean task as the group is moving fast towards $1bn revenue. She has constantly set new standards in communications to successfully meet the group's business objectives, bring the employees together to create a well-knit large family and make a meaningful contribution to the society with her environment conservation and social development initiatives.
Dr Fatima has a Ph.D in Medical Informatics from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, an MBA from Strathclyde University, Glasgow, and M.Sc. in Computer Science from the Stirling University, Scotland. Prior to joining MB Holding in 2004, she taught at the Higher College of Technology, Majan College and Sohar University.
Career milestone: Winning the 'Excellence Award' in the Communicator 2007 Print Competition in Seattle, Washington, USA; Invited as a speaker in Corporate Communications Middle East conference 2008.
Dr Fatma O 'Ali
CEO, Founder & Medical Director, Emirates Medical Center
Because she is in the business of 'beautifying' people. Everyone likes to look beautiful and it is only at places like Emirates Medical Center (EMC) that ordinary people go to literally transform their lives. EMC is proud to have been the first centre in Oman to provide laser treatments with the advent of laser surgery. A major factor in the success of the EMC is the eagerness of Dr Fatma to embrace emerging and cutting-edge technology and the commitment to nurture a customer-centric culture. Dr Fatma says that citizens and residents of Oman no longer have to travel to neighbouring countries to get high quality health care; it is available right here on their doorstep.
Professional view: Dermatology calls for an acute observation with an ability to pay attention to details from which deduction can be made. Dermatology includes the whole range of life from the human mind to the various micro-organisms.
Hind S Bahwan
Director, Suhail Bahwan Group
Because her contribution to the Suhail Bahwan Group (SBG) cuts across verticals. As a Director of the SBG Group she is recognised as an enterprising and dynamic young businesswoman across the Middle East. As the Director of Bahwan Travel Agency, she has been instrumental in creating all travel related facilities in Oman under one roof. She has been instrumental in making Bahwan CyberTek a leader in the Global IT Solutions market with world-class products. Bahwan CyberTek links four nations known for excellence in IT and ICT – Oman, the UAE, India and the US. Hind is the Executive Chairperson of Bahwan CyberTek. She also plays a leading role in working with government and other leading commercial companies in the joint pursuit of creating a digital society in Oman. A graduate in Computer Science and a Harvard Business School alumna, Hind is a member of the Young President's Organisation.
Roster of achievements:
Young entrepreneur of the year 2000' awarded by the Government of Oman
and Ernst & Young
Arabian Business 'e-Achiever of the Year' award from HH Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rasheed in 2001
'IT women of the year 2002' award by United Nations Development Programme
'Global Leaders for Tomorrow' by the World Economic Forum in 2003
Lujaina Mohsin Darwish
Joint Deputy Managing Director, MHD
Because a write up on her achievements runs into numerous pages – from SQU lecturer to Majlis as Shura member to being voted as one among the 50 most powerful women in the region year after year by Forbes Arabia, Lujaina has seen it all and done it all. At MHD as the head of the Human Resources Omanisation and Training (HROT) department she has built up a well trained and equipped workforce, which has cohesively worked together, to achieve and exceed targets. Says Lujaina, "In my role as the head of the HROT department I have tried out a strategic and coherent approach to the management of our organisation's most valued asset – our employees who individually and collectively contribute to the objectives of the business."
Deeply held belief: Oman has traditionally been a conservative nation and women have preferred to stay at home or behind the scenes in the corporate world too. But things are different now and women are emerging as a power to reckon with in business.
Maryam Al Zadjali
Chairperson, Dar Al Atta'a
Because she has taken Dar Al Atta'a from a six member team in April 2002 to a 190 member strong organisation. Whenever a company or an individual thinks about making a charitable contribution Dar Al Atta'a is the first port of call. The organisation has helped raised awareness about the need to help the underprivileged through its programmes and fund raising activities. It has helped over 600 cases over the years. Says Maryam, "We have gained the trust of people over the years and I cannot describe the joy that I get from working for the needy." She confesses that while she was hesitant in the initial years, her confidence has grown over the years.
"When you start things it takes a lot of time and effort but once an organisation gets established one does not need to be physically present all the time." Apart from Dar Al Atta'a, she is the Chairman of Essence Spa and the Editor-in-Chief, Al Youm al Sabah.
Gem of a quote: "When you work for charity you feel blessed"
Lady with a Midas touch
Manal Mohammed Al-Abdwani
Chairperson, Oman Flour Mills
Because as the Chairperson of Oman Flour Mills (OFM) and Mazoon Distribution Company (MDC) she has proved her abilities in business. OFM is a leading mill in the region with flour capacity of 850 tons per day and over 1000 tons of animal feed. Says Manal in her Chairperson's report, "With a sales turnover of more than RO 26 million, we are proud to be the market leader in the Sultanate, way ahead of competitors… Our presence in over 10 countries is a proof of our ability to understand customer requirements across the globe." MDC which distributes power in Al Dakhilyah, Al Sarqiyah and the South Al Batinah region has improved it financials, reduced losses and improved its operations under her leadership. Apart from these she also happens to be the Director General of Planning and Follow Up at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
Abiding contribution: Has been instrumental in introducing a one-window clearance system at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
Charting a different path
Maitha Al MahroUqi
General Manager, Gulf Air
Because, she is perhaps among the few women, who are heading the complete operations of an airline in the country. Maitha wanted to be a cartographer, but chose a high-flying career instead. But it was not an easy rise. Maitha, studied cartography at the University of Oxford Brookes in the UK and did a short training stint with the Ministry of Defence. She moved to Bahrain because of her family. Later she joined Emirates in Bahrain as a reservation ticketing agent, moved on to back support unit-in-charge of sales and then to account executive and finally became corporate in-charge, all in a short span of just six years. Maitha joined Gulf Air in Bahrain as Business Development Manager in 2006 and later moved to Oman as general manager of the airline.
Motto in life: Believe in yourself all the time and keep your faith in God. If you have a goal; don't surrender, make sure you achieve it!
CEO, Apex Press and Publishing
Because she heads one of the leading publishing houses in the Sultanate and straddles the world of journalism and the executive office with equal ease. Having joined Apex in 2001 as editor of its monthly business publication, Business Today she went on to take over as Managing Editor, responsible for all titles including Oman Today and Tribute. She led the team that launched the company's first foray into the newspaper arena with The Week in March 2003. Apart from her official chores she plays an important part in organising the annual Oman Awards For Excellence an initiative that acknowledges and felicitates achievers from the corporate sector. Her advice to entrepreneurs – 'Be prepared to be in there for the long haul and understand that you have to work very hard to be successful.'
Business leaders whom she admires: Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple and N R Narayana Murthy, Chief Mentor, Infosys
Malak Ahmed Al Shaibani
General Manager, Sharakah Fund for Development of Youth Projects
Because as the general manager of Sharakah she is promoting the spirit of entrepreneurship in Oman. Sharakah provides start ups with the necessary funding and expertise needed to convert their business ideas into profitable ventures. Says Malak, "In any country over 80 per cent of the contribution comes from small and medium enterprises (SME's), they work as employment generators and innovators." The Fund for development of Youth projects was established by a Royal Decree in 1998. Malak has worked in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, OCIPED and Sohar Aluminium. With such a professional background she had no dearth of offers but she chose Sharakah because, "I liked the cause that the Fund is trying to promote and see great potential for it in Oman."
Looking ahead: "There is so much to achieve that at times I feel that there is not enough time in a day," she avers
A rising star
Natasha Yahya Nasib
Member, Board of Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Because she is not just a board member at the OCCI but presides over the newly created Omani Businesswomen's Forum as its Chairperson. Natasha reflects the increasing number and clout of businesswomen in Oman and is looked up by women entrepreneurs as someone who embodies their aspirations. As the Chief Operating Officer and Director of Snowhite, her family business she has steered the growth of the company over the last five years. She looks after long term policy issues, customer relationship, employee welfare and matters related to Omanisation. Her style of management while result oriented and assertive takes into account the genuine concerns and sympathies of her employees. An alumni of the Sultan School and a business major from Switzerland, Natsaha is a businesswomen destined to go places in the years ahead.
Fond of saying: 'We bring a women's touch to business.'
Dr Nora N Alnahedh
Resident representative in Oman
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Because Dr Nora heads the UNFPA office in Muscat which represents the entire GCC. From Oman, the UNFPA plays a seminal role in promoting employment and empowerment of women and youth around the region. The UNFPA also focuses on ensuring that all women in Oman are protected from diseases and against discrimination at all levels. Under Dr Nora's leadership, the UNFPA has initiated women empowerment activity in Wadi Bani Khalid in the eastern province of Sharqiyah in association with Oman's Ministry of Social Development. Dr Nora believes that Oman is among the most advanced countries in the Gulf region in terms of women's rights because the government of the Sultanate is actively promoting female education.
Her moot question: The government of Oman has opened numerous doors for women with its policies, but why are women not seizing these opportunities?
Forefront in communicating
Naashiah S Al Kharusi
Full time member
Telecommunications Regulatory Authority
Because when Engineer Naashiah talks everyone listens otherwise you may never get to talk or listen, on your phones that is!
Engineer Naashiah is a full-time member of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), which regulates the telecommunications market in Oman, both fixed line as well as mobiles and the Internet. She served as a member of the board of Omantel since its establishment in 1975 until May 2002. Engineer Naashiah was instrumental in establishing the first frequency oordination committee for the AGCC countries. In 1996, she acted as a governor for a full year in Intelsat Board, representing AGCC group in this organisation. On the international level, Engineer Naashiah was elected as a Vice-chairperson of the Telecommunications Development Advisory Group of ITU from 2001 to 2002.
Enviable position: Engineer Naashiah was the telecom advisor to the Minister of Transport and Communications on all technical and policy matters relating to telecommunications sector development.
In the spotlight
HE Dr Rajiha bint Abdulameer bin Ali
Minister of Tourism and Chairperson, Omran
Because she is the Chairperson of Omran (Oman Tourism Development Company), a public-private vehicle established to develop key tourism infrastructure in the Sultanate. She also occupies the chair of one of the most important government authority namely the ministry of tourism, the cynosure of all eyes as tourism is expected to be the mainstay of the government's bid to diversify the national economy from oil to non-oil resources. His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said issued a Royal Decree in 2004 and provided for the establishment of the Ministry of Tourism and appointed Dr Rajiha as its minister, elevating her from the post of undersecretary in the Ministry of National Economy. The formation of the Tourism Ministry in 2004 consolidated Oman's tourism functions into one organisation to allow the tourism industry to grow and prosper.
Oft-quoted statement: "We want to work closely with the private sector to further develop international markets for Oman tourism as tourism is going to be a principal driver of the country's economic development."
Reem Bint Omar Al Zawawi
Chairperson, Oman International Bank
Because she is the Chairperson of Oman International Bank (OIB), one of the leading banks in the Sultanate. OIB came into existence on 1st January, 1984 and became the first 100 per cent Omani owned commercial bank in the Sultanate of Oman. It now has 82 branches in the country and four overseas branches at Mumbai and Kochi in India and Karachi and Lahore in Pakistan. OIB is known as an innovative bank with a long list of firsts to its name – it was the first bank in the Gulf region to offer mobile banking service, the first Omani bank to issue a Visa Card, and the only bank in Oman currently offering a phone banking service.
Vision for the bank: "The business philosophy of the bank is to continue to delivering consistent returns to its shareholders backed by a determination to pursue growth with prudent risk management," says Reem in her Board of Directors report for 2007.
Executive Director, DDB
Because she believes in using her communication skills honed over the years in advertising, not just to promote brands and business, but to impact society through raising public awareness, mobilising support for charitable causes and so on. Radha is also on the Board of Indian Schools in Oman and a Director in charge of the Indian School Muladha and Indian School Rustaq. She has recently been actively involved with fundraising activities for the flood affected people of Bihar, India. She also finds the time to teach a course on Marketing Communications to business management students at Indira Gandhi National Open University's (IGNOU) Glory Institute at Wadi Kabir. And in her role as Regional Talent Director for the DDB Middle East & Africa region she runs advanced training sessions for talent development across the Region.
Little known fact: She wants to write a book someday and has already in her mind sketched out mental portraits of its protagonists drawing inspiration from people she knows
HH Sayyida Tania bint Shabib al Said
President, Environment Society of Oman
Because she is spreading awareness about the environment through the Environment Society of Oman (ESO). HH Sayyida Tania has been working towards increasing the number of active members and volunteers in the ESO and increasing the number of corporate members to keep ongoing projects going. She brings to the organisation her academic expertise in Marine and Freshwater Biology. ESO has led initiatives to reduce the use of plastic by offering shoppers an alternative in canvas bags. It has conducted clean ups, held lectures, started a paper recycling project in schools and taken part in various marine research projects focusing on turtles, whales, dolphins and the coral reefs around the Daymaniyat islands. She wishes to build a green building as the headquarters of the ESO, so that it sets an example for other real estate projects in Oman.
Little known fact: She is a trained Montessori teacher and loves to teach her daughter whenever time permits.