Oman Air's substantial support for sporting achievement throughout 2013 has been recognized at a glittering ceremony in Muscat.
The airline was presented with Silver Award by Oman's Minister of Sports Affairs, His Excellency Sheikh Saad bin Mohammed Al Mardhouf Al Saadi, at the annual Sports Awards Gala, which was held at the city's prestigious Grand Hyatt hotel.
The ceremony brought together sports stars, sports officials, sponsors and many dignitaries to celebrate a year of success at every level of the Omani sporting world.
Oman Air General Manager Marketing, Mohammed Mubarak Al Shikely commented:
“We are honoured to receive this award from His Excellency and delighted that Oman Air has been able to offer our support to so many remarkable athletes and sports people.
“As the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, it is vital that we continue to back not just the high-profile Omani sports stars of today, but also to help enthuse and enable the stars of the future.
“Our backing of Ahmad Al Harthy’s remarkable motorsports career, of Oman Sail’s global challenges, and of the Omani national football team have been accompanied by support for local sporting endeavours, and it has been a source of pride for everyone at Oman Air to see the impact that their work has had.
“I would particularly like to pay tribute to Raiya Al Habsi, who was the first-ever Omani woman to take part in the extremely challenging Rolex Fastnet Race, aboard the Oman Air-Musandam trimaran last August. She is an inspiration and a wonderful example for the sports people of tomorrow.
“Finally, I would like to thank the Ministry of Sports Affairs, His Excellency the Minister and all those involved in organizing this great event, and we look forward to supporting more sporting achievement in 2014.”