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Inspiring Omanis to present top idols
August 30, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Muscat: Inspiring Omanis will introduce the ten top icons at the .Open Minds fourm on September 3 and 4. Omani adventurer "Nabs", Nabil Al Busaidi will be on stage  to introduce amputee mountaineer Tom Whittaker.

Similarly Bait al Baranda Curator Malik Al Hinai will introduce Australian speed painter Brad Blaze.

Nabil Al Busaidi
Nabs" Al Busaidi was born in 1970 in London.

He went to Bath University where he graduated in 1993 with a BSc in Mathematics.

 He also did a Masters in Management there in 1997.

 In 1998 he moved to the Middle East and played rugby on a regular basis for several years and was part of the Bahrain RFC team from 1997-2005, playing in the Arabian Gulf league, Gulf Cup, Dubai 7s and the Amsterdam 7s.

In April 2009, he became the first Arab to walk to the magnetic North Pole, pulling a sledge weighing up to 50 kg, for 650 km, in temperatures regularly as low as minus 40 degrees Celsius.

In August 2009, he assisted his friend, Commander Richard Ryan USN, as he pushed his wheelchair 1,450 km from Land's End to John O'Groats.

The goal was to beat the world record of 17 days. Ryan raised almost $25,000 for charity and smashed the world record, doing it in eight and a half days.

In December 2009, he climbed Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa with his brother, before travelling to the Antarctic to become the first Omani and second Arab and to climb Mt Vinson, the highest mountain on the Antarctic continent, and one of the 7 summits.

Malik Al Hinai
Malik Al Hinai is a young and dynamic curator of Bait Al Baranda, a premium Museum, which is a renovated 1930s house.

The museum traces the history – and prehistory – of Muscat through imaginative, interactive displays and exhibits.

 A 'cut-and-paste' dinosaur, using bones found in Al Khoud area of Muscat and topped up with borrowed bones from international collections, is one of the many striking exhibits.

 The ethnographic displays help see not just Muscat but the whole of Oman in a regional, commercial and cultural context. The ground floor of the museum is used as an exhibition space.

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