Dr Mohammed al Rumhy, Minister of Oil and Gas, officially opened a retail outlet selling products made by women from PDO’s social enterprise Banat Oman. Banat Oman is a vocational training initiative established to provide low-income women with the skills they need for sustainable employment, and has trained more than 300 to date.
The Company, in partnership with the Omani Women’s Association, has invested in programmes teaching various traditional handicrafts, such as tailoring and embroidery, dairy and bakery products manufacture, leather craft, camel bone carving and jewellery design.
The kiosk, located on the second floor of Muscat Grand Mall, sells made-in-Oman goods, souvenirs and keepsakes, including silver gifts, palm tree products, leather handbags, greeting cards, and jam and cheese. It will be open daily from 10 am to 10 in the evening.