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Outward Bound Oman: 900 youngsters to develop personal skills in line with Vision 2040

TAS News Service
September 14, 2020 10:45 am

MUSCAT: National Bank of Oman recently announced a three-year partnership with not-for-profit foundation Outward Bound Oman that will see 900 young people develop their personal skills in line with the expectations of Vision 2040.

Starting later this year, a series of challenging four-day Next Generation and Skills for Life courses will be delivered by Outward Bound Oman to young people throughout the Sultanate. The courses are carefully designed to increase the employability of Omani youth through enhancing their self-awareness and resilience, developing their creative thinking and problem-solving skills, and their ability to work effectively with others.

Patron of Outward Bound Oman, His Highness Sayyid Faisal bin Turki Al Said, stated, “As we learn to live with the COVID pandemic, this partnership with NBO is perfectly timed to enable Outward Bound Oman to support the efforts of His Majesty’s government to help Oman recover and cautiously move forward. Young people today will be active and productive citizens in 2040, and it is vital we invest in them now to enable them to play their part in making the vision a reality.”

Abdullah Al Hinai, Chief Executive Officer of National Bank Oman, commented, “At NBO, a core part of our CSR programme focuses on youth and as such, we are always looking at ways that we can empower Oman’s young people.

Our collaboration with Outward Bound Oman is not only part of our commitment to nurturing tomorrow’s leaders, but shows them how we, as a bank, can help them on their journey. By investing in such initiatives, by fostering a culture of talent, and by celebrating the amazing potential of the next generation, we hope to inspire others to do the same, thus securing a bright future for Oman.”

Outward Bound Oman was first established in Oman in 2009 by founding partners Dentons, Shell and Sheikh Suhail Bahwan, before being further established by Ministerial Decision in 2014.

Using the mountains and deserts of Oman as inspirational places of learning, away from the distractions of mobile phones, Outward Bound Oman has trained more than 16,000 people, working with corporate teams, young job seekers, school students and those experiencing mental wellbeing and drug related issues throughout the Sultanate.

An ambitious five-year development plan includes the construction of a flagship national training centre on Jebel Akdhar, slated to open in late 2021.  

Established in 1973 as the first local bank in Oman, the core values of striving for excellence, accountability and efficiency that run throughout National Bank Oman are also reflected in the learning that takes place on the Outward Bound courses, where the participants will be challenged to reflect on their own skillset and attitudes, be accountable for their actions and identify what they can do to make themselves more employable in an increasingly competitive landscape.

NBO’s various youth-centred initiatives are also reflective of the bank’s dynamic and innovative culture, demonstrated by a rising number of technological achievements and state-of-the-art products.

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