Muscat – A ceremony was held on Monday to announce the opening of Outward Bound Oman’s third National Outdoor Training Center in Jabal Akhdar.
The ceremony was held under the auspices of HE Dr. Madiha bint Ahmed al Shaibani, Minister of Education, and in the presence of HE Salim bin Nasser al Aufi, Undersecretary at the Ministry of Energy and Minerals.
The construction of the OBO center was a CSR initiative of the Ministry of Energy and Minerals with contributions from Petroleum Development Oman, Occidental Oman, BP Oman, OQ, Daleel Petroleum and CC Energy Development.
Occidental Oman managed the establishment of the center on behalf of all companies. The center was completed in two years at a cost of RO2 million after signing a memorandum of understanding with CSR companies in 2019.
The center has two fully equipped learning halls, a 60-seat audio-visual theater, four outdoor learning modules, equipment stores, prayer rooms and accommodation facilities. It offers unique experiential learning and training courses to a wide variety of groups, including students from schools and universities, organizations, government institutes and private companies.
In line with Oman’s future energy policy, the center was built to high international standards. It uses renewable energy from 164 solar panels and three micro wind turbines and has ten solar-powered LED street lights.
The faucets and lights in the center are equipped with timers. “This will not only reduce energy consumption, but will reflect the role of the energy sector in using renewable energy resources in its projects. This will also help minimize its impact on the environment,” a press release read.
Speaking at the opening, HE Aufi said, “We are pleased to announce the opening of Outward Bound Oman’s third branch in Jabal Akhdar as part of the ministry’s social responsibility initiative. Thanks to the generous support of oil and gas companies, this branch complements the two previous branches in the wilayat of Al Qabil in northern Sharqiyah and Al Khoud in Muscat governorate to meet the needs of young people and develop their skills and their expertise.
Mohamed al Zadjali, CEO, informed that Outward Bound Oman has been operating for 13 years and has provided training courses to over 17,500 people. “The completion of three centers over the past five years is just the first step in what is a 25-year vision, aligned with Oman Vision 2040. Our goal now is to optimize the use of these facilities in world class learning and training ensuring that as many people as possible will benefit in the years to come.
Launched in 2009, OBO aims to create an interactive environment that attracts young people with a unique opportunity to learn, train and gain hands-on experience. It currently provides more than 100 training courses to more than 3,000 people per year.
It plays an important role in the development of the key skills required by all organizations, since it contributes through the courses it offers to the development of the participants, using an outdoor environment full of adventures and challenges to give them skills valuable for life and work.