Staff Reporter –
Muscat, Jan 16 –
The Oman 2019 World Conference was formally opened by Outward Bound Oman Patron His Highness Sayyid Faisal bin Turki al Said, who welcomed guests to Oman at the Public Authority for Civil Aviation lecture theatre, before the group travelled to the Outward Bound Oman Desert Training Centre, near Al Qabil, for two days of intense debate, discussion and learning.
First established in the UK in 1941, the not for profit organisation Outward Bound now operates in 32 countries, and with nearly a quarter of a million people taking part in an Outward Bound course somewhere in the world each year, is recognised as the worlds leading provider of experiential learning.
Every two years, senior staff from each of the training centres around the world gather to share best practice, and in 2019, as part of their 10th year celebrations, Outward Bound Oman is hosting the latest gathering, with over 120 delegates expected to attend. Oman is the first Arabic speaking nation to set up an Outward Bound operation to develop and challenge its human resource. Following the recent royal opening of its desert training centre, The Duke of York, Chairman of The Outward Bound Trust in the UK, described Outward Bound Oman as ‘a jewel in the global community’, and the international review team concluded that the operation in Oman was ‘absolutely exceptional’, with ‘an excellent focus on real learning’.
Of particular note in the evolution of Outward Bound in Oman has been the support of the three founding partners who helped first establish Outward Bound in Oman in 2009; Dentons, Shell and the Suhail Bahwan Group. “These three organisations took the initial risk in trying to establish the operation here, so deserve much of the credit; in addition, the private sector and our extremely committed patron, His Highness Sayyid Faisal bin Turki al Said has played a pivotal role in our growth,” said Outward Bound Oman Board Chairman, Suleiman al Harthy.
“The construction of three national outdoor training centres will enable us to work with much greater numbers of participants in the coming years. The first, in Rimal al Sharqiya, has just opened, and construction of the second, in Muscat, will be completed in 2019, a year that will also see construction of a third centre on Jabal Al Akhdhar commence.”
Staff Reporter –