Youth are the wealth of a nation, an inexhaustible resource and the arms that build it. They are its present and future. We will always listen to them, and sense their needs, interests and aspirations which will definitely be accorded the attention that they deserve
(His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik’s speech on February 23, 2020)
The sultanate celebrated Omani Youth Day on Monday under the patronage of Sayyid Theyazin bin Haitham bin Tarik al Said, Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth. The occasion also marked the launch of the Youth Proficiency Award which was presented to 21 young Omani men and women, honouring them for outstanding work in their respective fields.
In his speech, Sayyid Theyazin said, “On this day, we are pleased to extend our sincere congratulations to Omani youth, firmly believing in their vital role in continuing the building process of the sultanate’s renewed renaissance.”
He added, “The sultanate has paid great attention to the youth since the beginning of the Blessed Renaissance, and has harnessed their capabilities which enabled them to fulfil their responsibilities in advancing the process of progress and development and continue the achievements to reach their goals and aspirations.”
He noted that Omani youth have proved their high degree of national responsibility and commitment to participate in the sultanate’s renewed renaissance.
Sayyid Theyazin informed that the Royal Directives of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik lay emphasis on the youth and continued care for them as they are the nation’s wealth.
“This emphasis has culminated in the establishment of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth to be the umbrella organisation that nourishes their ambitions, creativity and
aspirations in various fields. Omani youth participated in drafting the Oman Vision 2040, and the government relies on them for progress, growth and prosperity.
“The vision focuses on the importance of developing their knowledge, skills and support to push the wheel of progress and keep pace with the developments in the fields of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, science and the emergence of new economic activities,” said Sayyid Theyazin.
The minister honoured 21 youth with the Youth Proficiency Award in nine fields and three categories. The nine fields were entrepreneurship, education, media, culture, science, sports, heritage, environment and fieldwork, while the categories were individual, youth initiative and youth institution.
Winners in the Individual category
Abdul al Maamari won for excellence in media, Abdulaziz al Kalbani for environment, Salem al Jadidi for heritage, Mohammed al Esayi for education, Abdulaziz al Rawas for culture, Rashid al Hinai for sports, Omar al Maskari for science; and Shatha al Jabriyah for entrepreneurship. The award was withheld for fieldwork.
Winners in the Youth Institution category
Wallah Nestahal Foundation for excellence in the media field, Silicone Foundation for education, Oman Debate Center for Development Foundation for culture, Quick Challenge Foundation for sports, Dawam Platform for fieldwork, and Injaz Oman Foundation for entrepreneurship. The award has been withheld in the fields of environment, heritage and science.
Winners in the Youth Initiative category
Rooh Alqanoon Network for excellence in the media field, Al Asma Initiative for environment, Memorable Achievements Initiative for heritage, Invest Yourself Online Platform for education, Fifth Week of Qomra Photography for culture, Al Riyadha ba Akhlaqna Ahlaa for sports, and Oman Expo for science. The award was withheld in the fields of fieldwork and entrepreneurship.