On November 16, 2021, the Oman American Business Center (OABC) hosted its Annual Thanksgiving Dinner under the stars at the beautiful gardens of the Grand Hyatt Muscat.

The event kicked off with lively business networking, then remarks from OABC Executive Director Rebecca Olson, who thanked the OABC’s 175 member companies for their commitment to the mission of OABC.  Olson then highlighted several positive moments from the past 2 years of OABC events and programming throughout the pandemic, including the online “Doing Business with the U.S. Military” event, regional LinkedIn networking group for U.S. Chambers of Commerce affiliate members in the GCC, and OABC’s new virtual card created for its members.  

The guest of honor, Jay Munir, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy Muscat, then shared about his experience of Thanksgiving, growing up in the United States as well as celebrating around the world as a U.S. diplomat in many different countries and diverse cultures.

Some of OABC’s member companies sponsored raffles, including Al Maamari Tours, Talabat, The Grand Hyatt Muscat, DusitD2, and Muscat Pharmacy. 

“Without making light of what we’ve all experienced, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, it’s good to remember that while there were challenges and completely unexpected moments, months of working from home with kids or pets — some very sad times for many of us — there were also some incredibly bright moments during 2020 and 2021,” Olson stated. “Our team and OABC’s Board of Directors are so looking forward to the next year of service and connection on behalf of each of our members, and we thank every one of you for being a part of it all”.

As the official affiliate of the US Chamber of Commerce in Oman (AmCham Oman), the OABC promotes understanding, partnerships & other matters of mutual economic interest between business communities in Oman and the United States. 

Formed in 2003, the OABC’s mission is to foster the development of commercial activity between Oman and the United States.  With over 30 events annually and 175 member companies, OABC is Oman’s most active business council and networking group. 

The Oman American Business Center (OABC) is best known for hosting high-level professional networking events and informational sessions for professionals across the Sultanate.

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