On April 19, the Oman American Business Center (OABC), Oman’s largest and most active business networking organization, and the official affiliate of the US Chamber of Commerce in Oman, hosted its annual Ramadan Iftar and art exhibition in partnership with Adatee Hyatee, a group of Omani artists who each live with a physical disability. The event is an annual initiative focused on honoring the incredible artistic contribution of these artists in Omani society, promoting understanding and inclusion between communities, and celebrating the spirit of Ramadan.
The iftar took place at the Intercontinental Muscat Hotel’s Jabrin Ballroom. Approximately 150 guests attended, including OABC’s long-time members, brand new members, Board members, U.S. Ambassador Leslie Tsou, members of Adatee Hyatee, gifted oud player Younis Al Amri, and Omani artist and motivational speaker, Safiya Al Bahlani.
Each artist showcased their art in a silent auction, allowing members and guests to appreciate and purchase the artwork on display. Every one of the 32 beautiful pieces was sold. After remarks from the OABC and U.S. Ambassador Tsou, Safiya Al Bahlani, an Omani artist, graphic designer, disability rights activist, and motivational speaker, shared a heartfelt message with the audience.
“Saifya’s inspirational message to the business community was incredibly moving,” says Ali Daud, Chairman Emeritus and President of the OABC. “She reminded the audience to keep things in perspective, finding the unexpected blessings which the pandemic brought to each of us, even amidst suffering. We thank each of our guests of honor for joining us and enjoying this time together during the month of Ramadan. It was truly a meaningful evening.”
“I want to thank the OABC for hosting the Iftar, and the talented artists of Adatee Hyatee whose work was on display,” said Ambassador Tsou. “This night was truly special and is another example of the strong economic and cultural partnership between the United States and Oman.”