It was a particularly emotional day for Ahmed Khalfan Abdul al Salam, one of the award’s recipients. A PRO at the KR headquarters, Salam has been employed at the company for the last 25 years.
He said, “I am so happy to be recognised by my employers at KR. I am really moved that they thought of me for the award. I hope that they will continue to be pleased with my work.” The initiative forms part of KR’s people-centric policy that places emphasis on the importance of an employee’s well-being within the company and providing the right kind of motivation to drive better on-the-job performance.
Regarding the ceremony, Nailesh Khimji, director at KR, said, “We are proud to honour employees who have been with us for the last 25 years, with some even more than that. It shows true merit on their part to be so loyal and committed to their career at KR. These individuals have invested a lifetime of hard work and their dedication is truly appreciated. It also says something about the kind of positive work environment we create at KR through our strong employee focus.”
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Story title/Headline: Omani photographers cross borders
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Body text: Bahrain’s glossy new art fair, a daring project piloted in 2015, is now emerging in a distinctive brand as ArtBahrain - Art Bahrain Across Borders (ArtBAB). Bait Muzna Gallery has sent three superb Omani photographers across borders for the 2017 event taking place till March 26 at the Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre under the royal patronage of Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim al Khalifa, wife of King of Bahrain and president of the Supreme Council for Women.
The three Omani photographers love Oman and the pristine, ever-changing light that dramatises its spectacular landscapes, the character expressed in the faces of people, the nation’s fascinating traditional culture and its proud history on land and sea. All three artists are both local and international award-winners and gold-medalists who belong to the prestigious The International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP). Each photographer speaks of what he or she learns through the lens and the spiritual journey that opens up with the practice of their art. For ArtBAB, they have chosen works from their black-and-white collections.
Nadia al Amri is particularly admired for images of haunting beauty and how she mirrors reality in ways that reveal inner meanings. She has five conceptual pieces in the exhibition on the theme of women in surrealistic settings. Ahmed Altoqi describes himself as 'the son of a beautiful land, of sweeping beaches, soaring mountain ranges, golden sand-dune deserts, green valleys and sheltering palm trees. Altoqi’s collection for ArtBAB includes four striking landscapes, an engaging portrait of a basket-maker at work and an unforgettable image of a fisherman asleep amid his nets.
From his magnificent collection of portraits, Ahmed al Shukaili selected six pieces showing the weathered faces of old Omani men, etched with character, emanating wisdom. Shukaili said, “I take photography as a tool to indulge in the beauty of life and humanity away from other complications of life itself. I found that life is fascinating in a different way through the viewfinder of my camera and that made me explore more and more fruitfully.” Bait Muzna Gallery continues to have a significant pioneering impact on the development of art in Oman.