February 2020

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An event on Wednesday brought together youths, SMEs, environment groups and the business community with the common goal of sharing ideas on how to protect the environment.

Participants said that as Oman is endowed with pristine natural beauty, everyone needs to play their part to protect it. A call was made for people and businesses to care about the environment.

Oman American Business Center (OABC) and Apex Media organised Sustainability Fair at Grand Hyatt Muscat to raise awareness by bringing together different communities.

Awareness is the key
“Awareness starts at an early age and we can learn from the creativity and ideas of younger generations. Global Shapers Muscat helped to organise this event. Established through the World Economic Forum, it is a network of future leaders of Oman under the age of 30 working together with young people to explore how they can change their communities for the greater good,” Marla Valdez, member of OABC, said.

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Many of the participating organisations were legacies of the Late Sultan Qaboos bin Said’s vision for Oman. This included The Oman Botanic Garden which is a word-class development project to cultivate study and conserve Oman’s rich native flora, Oman Animal & Plant Genetic Resources Center established to protect Oman’s globally significant genetic diversity of animals, plants and micro organisms and be’ah, whose mission is to work towards sustainable waste management practices.

Joining hands with communities
Marla said that, ‘we are blessed to live in a country with such beautiful oceans, deserts, mountains and natural habitats’. “We hope that by bringing together various disparate members of the community in Oman it will generate dialogue and hopefully inspire further collaboration on common cause initiatives.

We believe that we are stewards of the environment and by raising awareness we can, as a community, help protect Oman’s environment. We also believe that everyone in our community has a role to play, and no contribution to the preservation of our environment is too small or insignificant.”

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Responsibility to protect environment
H H Sayyida Tania bint Shabib al Said, president of Environment Society of Oman (ESO) was the guest of honour at the event.
ESO, a non-profit organisation was established to protect and conserve Oman’s natural heritage.

“As a founding board member and president of ESO, I am hugely supportive of today’s agenda, which aims to raise awareness about the importance of sustainability in Oman and to explore ways in which we can all work together to foster a culture of sustainability,” Sayyida Tania said.

She stressed that the responsibility of protecting our environment is with all of us and ‘encouraged everyone to think about the lifestyles they lead and the decisions they make as consumers’. Sayyida Tania highlighted the important role that students must play as environmental campaigners for a sustainable future. “You are the future custodians of our planet and it is your ideas that will shape what our future looks like.”

Apex Media was the media partner of the event because of its commitment to the environment through initiatives such as the ‘Bitter About Litter’ and recycling campaigns.

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OABC’s first networking event of 2020 ‘New Year, New Opportunities’ was sponsored by Qatar Airways. The event was held at the Crowne Plaza Muscat on Monday, February 24th. The evening brought together over 120 members of the Oman American Business Center (AmCham Oman), from member executives to Oman’s decision-makers. The evening shared great moments of connection with members of the OABC, old and new, over canapes, drinks and the most spectacular view in town.

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Members and executives from the business community were joined by Stephanie Hallet, US Deputy Chief of Mission to Oman as a special guest of honour.

Emmee Haun, OABC Co-Founder highlighted the company’s growth over the past years, she also thanked Qatar Airways for their membership, support towards the OABC community and their generous sponsorship of the event. Qatar Airways gifted two raffle tickets to the US and provided branded giveaways to all of OABC members.

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Qatar Airways’ Beyond Business program was highlighted and OABC members learned of ways to receive greater benefits through the unique rewards program.

The evening was also complete with a jazz band and lots of nibbles. As always, we also give thanks to our beverage sponsor, OUA, for providing the drinks for the evening.

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As all OABC’s events, the night was a huge success for executives and decision-makers from all nationalities to meet, build relationships, learn and discuss key matters of interest to the business community in Oman.

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Our members were invited to a presentation on Oman’s labour law, in partnership with Global Advocacy and Legal Counsel on Monday, February 10th, from 8 am – 10:30 am at the Jabrin ballroom, in the InterContinental Hotel Muscat.

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The session addressed the nature and relationships between employees and employers – specifically termination of employment relationships, effective ways for dispute resolution, and the role of the government during employment disputes.

The event started at 8 am with coffee, breakfast and a presentation from experts with Global Advocacy and Legal Counsel, followed by case studies and Q & A.

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The event was a huge success with lots of positive feedback. We give special thanks to Abdulredha and his team at Global Advocates for presenting a hot topic and for sharing their expert insights.

Thank you also to all our members who attended and for sending their legal/ HR representatives.