National carrier Oman Air has announced the launch of a unique ‘40 Young Ambassadors Programme’ to celebrate the Sultanate’s 40 years of progress and historic achievements.
Under the programme, 40 students from across the Sultanate have been selected to deliver 40 messages of solidarity to leading academic institutions in Oman Air’s 40 destinations across the globe as part of the national carrier’s National Day initiative.
Oman Air, with the support and co-ordination of the Ministry of Education, selected the 40 finalists from a pool of hundreds of candidates between the ages of 14 to 17 who were required to submit a creative writing essay on the airline’s role in bolstering tourism and Oman’s social and economic transformation over the last four decades.
Entries were assessed and evaluated based on proficiency in language, conceptualisation, quality and fluency of expression, ingenuity and originality.
“Who better to represent the Sultanate in this unique cultural-exchange programme than the leaders of tomorrow,” remarked Philippe Georgiou, chief officer (Corporate Affairs) at Oman Air.
“Our 40 young ambassadors have successfully earned an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share with fellow students the majesty of this beautiful land and the riches it holds to position the Sultanate as a niche destination on the world map.”
“At the same time, they will deliver a message of evolution, development and achievements,” he said.
“We hope that these students inspire others to spread Oman Air’s and the nation’s unified message of a modern vision and timeless traditions with true hospitality and warmth that is quintessentially Oman,” he added.
The novel programme was developed to promote cross-cultural dialogue, leadership development and social poise amongst students.
“These Sindbads are part and parcel of our mission. We have always prided ourselves on being the flagship of the nation and its ambassador, representing the core values and essence of the country and symbolising its aspirations whether in the skies or on tarmacs of international airports across the world,” he added.