To develop human resources and make Oman a global hub for arid environment research, the Sultanate is now home to the only outward bound centre in the Arabic world. The centre launched by Outward Bound Oman offers courses for the youth of Oman with the necessary skill set and the core work ethics to successfully make the transition from the world of education, to the world of employment. “Outward Bound Oman is not only challenging and helping develop human resources of Oman, but as it grows it is creating jobs for talented young Omanis whom this nation can be proud”, said His Highness Sayyid Faisal bin Turki al Said.
“A skilled and motivated workforce is crucial to the growth of our country. The centre, with its courses on offer, will equip and give the necessary exposure for Omani youth to the core skills, values and attitudes needed to be productive citizens, not only in the workplace but also in the community at large”, HH Sayyid Faisal, who is the patron of the Outward Bound Oman, told Observer.
From seaside to mountain top, desert to jungle, remote and untouched spaces to urban wildernesses closer to home, Outward Bound challenges more than 250,000 participants around the world each year to step out of their comfort zone, and partake in a unique, eye-opening outdoor adventure.
In 1941, Outward Bound was started in Wales, England with the philosophy that ‘there is more inside you than you think,’ and we have made it our mission to help people discover and develop their potential to care for themselves, others, and the world around them through challenging experiences in unfamiliar, outdoor settings.
“We pride ourselves on offering transformational journeys that encourage participants to push their mental and physical limits, and discover their true potential”, HH Sayyid Faisal said.
A celebration to mark the occasion was held in a ceremony presided over by His Highness Sayyid Haitham bin Tareq al Said, Minister of Heritage and Culture in the presence of Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, at Grand Hyatt last week.
Speaking on the occasion, Prince Andrew said that the establishment of the centre will help deliver remarkable outward bound activism.
“A training package which is relevant to the time and people and also relevant to the skills of the age group should be formulated”, he said.
The Duke also thanked His Majesty Sultan Qaboos for his generous support to the Outward Bound.
Hilal al Mawali, Chairman of Outward Bound Oman, said that the centre will be educational in every respect and will be self-sustainable.
He also announced that preparations have started for the second such centre in Muscat.
“The centre will not only act as an administrative headquarters for Outward Bound Oman but also as training facility for corporate groups, schools and colleges”, he said.
Courses at the centre are delivered for the youth of Oman, preparing the next generation with
the skill set and the core work ethics to successfully make the transition from the world of education, to the world of employment.
Each year Outward Bound Oman works with thousands of people in the desert and mountains of Oman, and delivers powerful courses for a diverse range of organisations from both inside and outside of the country.
In addition to working with young people, the centre delivers training and professional development programmes for a growing number of leading companies in the region, as well as bespoke leadership and team development courses.