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Muscat, March 24th 2019: An Oman Special Olympics sailing team is celebrating gold medal success at the Middle East’s first ever World Games event in Abu Dhabi. Mohamed Ahmed Al Wahaibi won his class in the Laser Radial event at the high-profile international games which attracted 7,500 athletes from no fewer than 190 countries.

The 24 year-old gold medal winner was part of a six-strong Omani sailing team supported by instructors from Oman Sail schools and coaches. A full-time employee at Oman International Group SAOC, Mohammed began sailing in Oman Sail Al Mouj Sailing School on October 2018.

“Mohamed is a strong guy and he has worked hard and trained hard for over a year to get the medal – we are going to continue working with him and his college and develop his abilities,” said the Oman team’s leader Ali Al Shuhaimi.

“It was the first time we have had an Oman sailing team at the Special Olympics and it has been a good experience for everyone who was involved, both the athletes and the coaches.”

Also racing in the single-person Laser Radial class were Sufuat Ahmed Al Kharusi, 25, and Muhana Salim Al Manji, 22, who finished in fourth and fifth place respectively.

The youngest member of the Omani team was 17 year-old Abdullah Saleh Al Ruqaishi, who raced in the two-person Bahia class accompanied by sailing instructor Saleh Al Raisi from Muscat’s Marina Bandar Al Rowdha Sailing School.

Also in the Bahia fleet were Mahmood Hamood Al Hasni, 25, and Samir Sulaiman Al Harthi, 19, who raced with Al Mouj school instructors Abdullaziz Al Sabahi and Ghassan Al Zadjali.

“The Special Olympics World Games is a good start and all the team did a good job – when we get back to Oman we will develop a clear plan for the future,” Al Shuhaimi, who also worked as Assistant Technical Director Delegate during the sailing event. “I need to thank everyone who has been part of this project, and also the organisers of the games.

“For the Bahia sailors it was their first time, but it was a great experience and we can work more with them,” he added.

“We have now got the experience to build on for the next Games in Germany in 2023. In between now and then we will also work with teams from other countries who have more experience in this kind of sailing.”

Overall, Oman sent 93 athletes to the Games who competed across 14 sports and winning no fewer than 47 medals, 12 of them Gold. Oman Sail played an active role in the Games, with Ahmed Al Qasmi, Nawaf Al Ghadani, Sameer Al Battashi and Faisal Al Qaitaiti being part of the race management, and Ali Ambousaidi from Oman Sail’s Corporate and Personal Development department as a member of the Game’s jury.

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Job Title: Dive Instructor

The Role:

The post holder will deliver PADI Dive Courses in line with the PADI Course requirements. They will also be responsible for guiding certified divers on trips. This includes the preparation of the dive equipment, safety briefings and ensuring a high level of customer engagement at all times.

Key Responsibilities Areas:

• Deliver, to a very high standard, PADI Dive Courses to include Open Water, Advanced, DSD, Dive Master and EFR

• Professionally guide Seaoman’s customers on dive trips to the selected dive/snorkelling sites

• Responsible for running quality, safe and successful dive trips

• Responsible for day-to-day maintenance, cleaning and inventory of all the dive equipment

• Provide excellent customer service, whilst on and off the water to ensure repeat bookings

• Assist the dive team & guests with equipment handling

• Actively sell Oman dive products, whilst on and off the water.

• Responsible for meeting and greeting dive customers on arrival and departure

• Responsible for collecting/purchasing any stores, resources or equipment needed for day-to-day operations

• Jointly responsible for the safety and welfare of all dive guests when on the water.

• Responsible for reporting any damage, misuse or problems with the dive boats

To apply for this vacancy, please send your resume to our HR department on myfuture@omansail.com
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Job Title: SeaOman Dive Expert

The Role:

End to end responsibility for running the SeaOman Diving operation. This includes instilling excellent customer service, and creating an efficient work environment, managing a team of dive instructors, guides and boat captains, maintaining equipment and boats, and overseeing the administration of a growing business. They would work closely with the other commercial areas of Oman Sail but must primarily drive sales and maximize revenues for the dive centres, as well as providing a safe and professional dive operation across multiple centres. create and deliver a 3 years business plan and take responsibility for overall dive revenue streams and budgets.

Key Responsibilities Areas:

• Create a 3 year business plan for Diving

• Set and achieve annual sales targets and budgets

• Responsible for the customer journey:
o Enquiry
o Booking
o Customer confirmation
o Coordinate operations (courses, trips)
o Informing customer’s of their next step, so they are retained
o Take note of comments on their feedback forms and follow up

• Manage all members of the Diving operation in all locations

• Ensure all centres have SOPs that are in line with PADI.

• Ensure all centres have insurance and licenses in line with PADI

• Create an inspection system for all the centres and complete inspections on the centres at least 3 times per year

• Manage the maintenance of all assets related to Diving

• Attain the correct Government approvals as required

• Budget and sales revenue management

• Business development

• Team management (rotas, leave, overtime)

• Responsible for all procurement related to Diving. Ensure the correct process is followed

To apply for this vacancy, please send your resume to our HR department on myfuture@omansail.com
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Job Title: Marketing Strategist

The Role:

The jobholder oversees all marketing activities of the company ensuring that the marketing function effectively supports and delivers on Oman Sail’s business and commercial objectives.

Key Responsibilities Areas:

• Create, deliver and continually update a marketing plan and strategy for Oman Sail’s events, sponsorship obligations and commercial services to ensure that objectives and targets are met.

• Develop and manage the marketing budget

• Ensure systems and processes are in place to optimize marketing activities for all stakeholders

• Identify market/customer opportunities, execute against an approved positioning strategy and develop supporting programs for the strategic initiatives

• Play the leading role in developing promotional concepts and programs that are focused on supporting Oman Sail’s business objectives

• Monitor and evaluate markets and client intelligence and develop appropriate strategies to optimize potential opportunities

• Collaborate with other heads of department and any external marketing/advertising and media buying partners

• Manage vendor/dealer quality assurance

• Execute the company marketing strategies in line with resource, budget and business objectives.

• Understand and research the markets in which Oman Sail operates in

To apply for this vacancy, please send your resume to our HR department on myfuture@omansail.com
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Job Title: PR Manager

The Role:

The job holder will play a key role in developing brand awareness by representing Oman Sail’s events and media activities in Oman and abroa.

Key Responsibilities Areas:

• Create and execute local and regional PR programmes including press outreach, media events and press material

• Manage regional PR agencies and contributors to ensure maximum, high quality output

• Achieve highest visibility in print, radio, TV and online
media outlets

• Support international public relations initiatives and provide PR counsel to Oman Sail employees when required

• Build comprehensive crisis communications plans

• Identify main audiences and determine the best way to communicate information to them

• Prepare material for media kits, press releases, report content and other written requirements

• Direct the timely and accurate response to media inquiries, reflecting company tone of voice and strategy

• Manage PR budgets and campaign ROI

• Draft speeches for company executives, and arrange interviews and other forms of contact for them

• Support Oman Sail in achieving the media targets for sponsors

• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with local and regional media representatives

• Manage communication events including press conferences, exhibitions, open days and press tours

To apply for this vacancy, please send your resume to our HR department on myfuture@omansail.com
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Muscat, March 11th 2019: Two young Omani sailors have made history by both winning medals at the high-profile Asian Laser Championship in Singapore. Laser 4.7 racers Abdulmalik Al Hinai and Al Moatasem Al Farsi each delivered multi-race winning performances at the international regatta on their way to taking silver and bronze medals respectively in what is Oman Sail’s most successful regatta to date at this level.

In fact Al Hinai came within an ace of winning gold at the regional championship, finishing on the same points as overall winner Jonathan Lio from Singapore, and only losing the top spot on the countback scoring system used to resolve tied results. Al Hinai won three races and posted podium finishes in six others in the 14-race event, while Al Farsi was also victorious in three races on his way to third place overall.

“This is a big day for Abdulmalik, Al Moatasem, Oman Sail and the country as a whole,” said Rashid Al Kindi, Oman Sail’s national team manager and chairman of the Oman Sailing Committee.

“This is our most successful ever result of its kind and a great achievement at this level,” he added. “We are very proud of what they have achieved which is a direct result of their hard work and the dedication and commitment of the Oman Sail coaches who have supported them and developed their abilities.”

Both youngsters achieved their success racing against talented and competitive sailors from countries including Thailand, China and Hong Kong at Singapore’s National Sailing Centre from March 2-9, and proudly displayed Oman’s national flag on the podium at the prize-giving ceremony.

They were welcomed back home at Muscat International Airport by their parents, coaches and sailing school managers. Mohsin Al Busaidi, who was on-site during the event as Oman Sail’s Youth Programme Manager, said: “We are delighted to be able to celebrate Abdulmalik and Al Moatasem’s success, they both thoroughly deserve it after all the hard work they have put in.

“The whole Oman Sail team was focussed on achieving a really great result at the championships, and it is rewarding to know that all the preparation we put in has born fruit and that we have been able to reach our goal by winning two medals.”

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Job Title: Finance Assistant

The Role:

The post holder is responsible for providing Cash Management, financial, clerical and administrative services to support the Finance Manager in ensuring effective, efficient, timely and accurate provision of information and reports under his or her control financial and administrative operations.

Key Responsibilities Areas:

• Assist in accurate processing, recording and filing of all financial transactions.

• Administrating, control and reconciliation of petty cash

• Bank and credit card reconciliation

• Writing accurate reports to the finance manager

• Assist the finance manager in preparing cash flow

• Assist the finance manager in MIS reports and budget preparation

• Preparing of monthly payroll and pay transfer letter to bank

• Verification and posting employee related claims, advanced etc.

• Administer the imprest float and claims of various locations

• Ability to work to tight deadlines

• Carry out any other ad hoc tasks as assigned.

To apply for this vacancy, please send your resume to our HR department on myfuture@omansail.com
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Job Title: Logistics Officer

The Role:

The post holder is to assist with the logistics and operations of the International Race Team and Offshore Sailing Squad and serve as liaison between teams and the project manager to ensure a smooth flow of activities.

Key Responsibilities Areas:

• Ensures maintenance of up to date country and plant shipping instructions by mode of transportation.

• Negotiates agreements with local carriers, forwarding and customs agents.

• Leads the coordination effort with the projects managers in preparation of goods for shipping.

• Ensures proper packing, marking, labeling, weight and dimensions of cargo.

• Ensures compliance with shipping instructions to final destination; supervises and creates documentation required to ship goods to end destination as per shipping instructions.

• Obtains import and export permits and licenses; whenever necessary.

• Responsible for the accurate completion of the Shippers’ Dangerous Goods Declaration form for hazardous cargo.

• Ensures compliance of the logistics organization with policies, procedures and local laws, and global logistics guidelines.

• Maintaining financial records for the department and assisting Director with collating the detailed monthly spend of diverse teams.

• Conduct regular performance reviews and appraisal of new and existing suppliers, contractors, agents and service-providers to assess their performance.

• Taking a lead role in liaison with the Offshore Sailing Squad.

• Managing logistics for the Offshore Sailing Squad: Travel, Visas.

• Working with the Logistics Manager and Director of Operations on all logistical and operational activities as required and instructed.

• Covering for any other member of the logistics team as and when required.

• Assisting at a number of Oman Sail Events through the year undertaking roles as explained in advance by the relevant Event Manager.

To apply for this vacancy, please send your resume to our HR department on myfuture@omansail.com
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Muscat, February 21st 2019: Oman Sail’s corporate personal development programme, Zimam, is organising a three-day physical outdoor activities and practical experiential learning exercises for students from the newly-launched “Omani Academy for Special Skills” in an effort to develop employability abilities and provide on-the-job training for people with learning disabilities. The academy will be run by the Oman Down Syndrome Association and will begin its programme with the Zimam with the three-day activities.

Dr Lamya Harub, co-founder and manager of the Academy for Special Skills, said: “The Academy is offering the first inclusive training programme in Oman that includes an integrated group of people ranging from those with intellectual disabilities to others in society with different abilities.

“The Academy aims to build and reinforce professional capabilities for this inclusive group by providing them with practical and theoretical workshops, as well as conducting internships and on-the-job training in cooperation with private and public entities in the Sultanate.”

The programme, which runs until Saturday, will include 40 participants, 20 of whom have mental disabilities, and aims to encourage all participants to integrate within the group, work together, and communicate effectively in a variety of individual and group activities.

Oman Sail’s Zimam team will deliver 15-minute keynote sessions about cooperation within a group, communication and planning, followed by practical 30-minute activities to explore the ideas. The practical activities are designed to open opportunities for dialogue within the group allowing members to express their feelings and identify how to improve in the next challenge. The last day of the programme will involve activities between groups after which an assessment will be conducted to evaluate which achieved their goals effectively.

Khamis Al Anbouri, Oman Sail’s Head of Corporate and Personal Development, said: “All the activities offered by our Zimam team are tailored to teach participants self-determination and perseverance to help them achieve their goals, and expose them to opportunities to channel their potential. “We are delighted to be able to assist the Academy for Special Skills and Oman Down Syndrome Association with their imaginative and inspiring programme.”

The Academy’s two-year programme is divided into a number of phases, including a foundation year with a variety of development courses, followed by on-the-job training programmes. Ali bin Abdullah Yousif, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Oman Down Syndrome Association, said: “The Omani Academy for Special Skills programme is divided into five semesters over this year and next.

“The comprehensive programme includes a foundation course during the first year that provides theoretical and practical skills through workshops on innovation and entrepreneurship, arts, craftsmanship, artificial intelligence, first aid, and many other areas.

“In the second year the program focuses on on-the-job training, with students placed in internships based on evaluation results from the workshops they took part in.”

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Muscat, February 24th 2019: An Oman Sail team is making final preparations before heading to the first Special Olympics World Games ever held in the Middle East. The six-strong Omani team will be among more than 7,500 athletes from no fewer than 176 countries who will gather in Abu Dhabi for the start of the Games on March 14th. Sailing is one of 24 individual and team sports represented at the two-week event, earning its place as an accessible sport that can accommodate disabled athletes of all backgrounds and abilities. Oman is supporting the Games by providing 12 two-person Bahia boats.

“Oman Sail is delighted to be able to support the Special Olympics World Games with boats and to be able also send a team to what is sure to be an inspiring event,” said Ali Al Shuhaimi, who is the Oman team leader and will be assisting the Race Director during the sailing event. “We have always valued sailing as an accessible sport for all people, whatever their background or ability, and it is great to be able to showcase the achievements of our team, as well as that of all the sailors taking part from around the world.”

The youngest member of the Omani team is 17 year-old Abdullah Saleh Al Ruqaishi, who will be racing in the two-person Bahia class with sailing instructor Saleh Al Raisi from Muscat’s Marina Bandar Al Rowdha. Joining him in the Bahia fleet are Mahmood Hamood Al Hasni, aged 25, and Samir Sulaiman Al Harthi, 19, who will sail with Al Mouj instructors Abdullaziz Al Sabahi and Ghassan Gulam Khuda Bakhsh Al Zadjali respectively. All three pairs will benefit from coaching by Mohammed Al Battashi, who is also from Oman Sail’s Al Mouj sailing school.

In the single-person Laser Radial class Sufuat Ahmed Al Kharusi, 25, is racing alongside teammates Mohamed Ahmed Al Wahaibi, 24, and Muhana Salim Al Manji, 22, all under the watchful eye of Laser coach Ahmed Al Wahaibi. “We are hoping for good mid-fleet performances in both classes,” said Al Shuhaimi, and we have targeted fifth place finishes from one of our sailors in each one.” Also playing an active part in the Special Olympics World Games are Ahmed Al Qasmi, Nawaf Al Ghadani, Sameer Al Battashi and Faisal Al Qaitaiti, who will be part of the race management team. In addition, Ali Ambousaidi from Oman Sail’s Corporate and Personal Development department will be of the Game’s jury. The Special Olympics World Games will run in Abu Dhabi until March 21st. The sailing event will be held at the Abu Dhabi Sailing and Yacht Club.

Established in 2008, Oman Sail is a national initiative that uses the power of sport to contribute to the development of Oman. The equal opportunity project runs sailing programmes for hundreds of young Omani men and women, inspiring a new generation to discover sailing. It encompasses a national sailing squad and high achieving inshore and offshore racing teams, all of which benefit from world-class coaching.

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