Oman Air has ambitious expansion plans and is looking to fly to China, Vietnam, eastern Europe and the US in the next decade. In the immediate future, the airline is planning to start services from Dubai to Khasab to provide improved connection to Musandam.
The Oman Competitiveness Forum 2014 (OCF14) began under the auspices of H E Yahya bin Said al Jabri, chairman of the Special Economic Zone Authority Duqm at Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Wednesday.
Lack of communication between the higher education sector and the job market is proving to be an impediment in the Omanisation process, a senior official from the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) has said.
Social workers and business establishments in Sohar came together to raise funds so that an Indian woman and her two children could fly back home after her husband was jailed on charges of theft.
The Ministry of Social Development (MoSD) is revamping itself as part of Roadmap 2040.
As part of the monthly Reyooq event, the National Business Centre (NBC), which comes under the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (PEIE), hosted two entrepreneurs Zuwaina al Rashdi, CEO of World of Handicrafts, and Badar al Shidi, business development and planning manager of Al Badr Al Muneer for Modern Projects on Wednesday. Zuwaina and Shidi shared their rich experience, insights and challenges in the field of entrepreneurship.
Al Meera Hypermarket in Barka recently celebrated its grand reopening, featuring a completely remodelled store transformed into a community mall with several new and expanded departments. Some of the enhancements include a new fresh food department, an expanded deli, bakery, fish and butchery counters; a wide variety of imported groceries, a dedicated section for electronic products, an expanded fruit and vegetable department.
Maisarah Islamic Banking Services, announced enhancement of its partnership with Ethica Institute. Maisarah, a pioneer in providing customers with Sharia’a-compliant financial solutions and services, had signed a partnership with the Dubai-based institute in May to train its Islamic banking team.
The bank, which started the programme with selected trainees from branches six months ago, has now been increased to cover all staff members with the online programme of Ethica Institute of Islamic Finances.
Ethica provides the most essential, practical Islamic finance knowledge distilled into an accelerated four-month programme.
The four-month Certified Islamic Finance Executive (CIFE) programme is the same certificate held by professionals in 64 countries and over 160 financial institutions.
Ethica’s programme is also available with in-class Islamic finance training for banks that seeks a more blended experience.
Commenting on the programme, Jamsheed Hamza, head of retail at Maisarah, said “We are very happy to enhance our association with Ethica. The programme provided an excellent opportunity for employees to grow professionally.
“One of the major challenges faced by any business, especially in the Islamic finance sector, is finding knowledgeable staff. With the association with Ethica, our staff is now equipped with the knowledge on Islamic products, which empowers them to handle customer queries confidently and satisfactorily.
“At Maisarah, we have always ensured that we excel in customer service and the extension of association with Ethica is a proof for the same.”
Maisarah invests considerable resources on training and it believes in providing best training to its team members to ensure highest quality of service to its customers.
The Ethica programme provides the staff with the knowledge to serve customers better and fulfil their financial needs.
The senior management of Maisarah lauded the programme as an opportunity for the bank staff to overcome the knowledge barrier.
Speaking on the programme’s structure, head of treasury, Yousuf Mohammed, said, “Ethica is immensely contributing to our staff’s Islamic finance expertise.
“It is very essential for the staff to know and learn all about Islamic Banking in order to provide best customer experience. Ethica contributed in making the staff understand individual roles and then going more detailed with learning the objectives, importance, types and elements of Islamic Banking.
“We are sure our association with Ethica is going to go a long way and contribute to provide the best Islamic Banking Experience in the region.”
Dr Hamid al Marjan, training manager, said, “We are very happy that BankDhofar has taken the initiative to train and upgrade Maisarah employees so that they can be the ambassadors of the bank and provide with the best customer experience in the region.”