Times of Oman
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Outward Bound from the sea to mountains
December 19, 2012 | 12:00 AM
This journey provides a unique opportunity for companies to challenge and develop their emerging talents.

Muscat: Outward Bound Oman/Tahaddi is challenging 24 Omani citizens on a unique
leadership and teamwork training course.

An extraordinary journey through the heart of Oman will start on January 2, 2013, when the first of four teams of six people will step out on the first leg of a journey that will travel on foot and by camel from Ras Al Hadd to the summit of Jebel Shams on a 28-day journey, celebrating the 42nd National Day.

"This journey provides a unique opportunity for companies to challenge and develop their emerging talent," says Mark Evans, general manager of Outward Bound Oman. "To achieve their goal, they will have to travel up to 15-20 km each day, overcoming problems that are continually changing and that are real-time, not the theoretical scenarios thrown up on most in-house training courses. Most importantly, they will learn that to achieve something worthwhile requires sustained hard work." says Mark.

"With the aid of our experienced staff at Outward Bound Oman/Tahaddi, participants will travel through some of the most breathtaking and remote areas of Oman, heading inland from Ras Al Hadd, crossing the Sharqiya Sands and then across country to Nizwa and on to Jebel Shams," explains Mark.

Interested people will be able to follow the progress of the journey each day, and hear daily audio logs on the Outward Bound Oman website. WISAL FM will be broadcasting the messages each day throughout the journey.

The first three teams will be made up of employees of Vale, Oman Methanol Company and Sohar Aluminium, whilst the final team, who will carry the national flag to the summit of Jebel Shams will be made up of six students from Caledonian College, sponsored by Golden
Torches Trading.

The initiative recognises the importance of training and development for local people, whilst supporting the commitment by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said to develop the nation's human resources in accordance with Oman's Vision 2020. Outward Bound Oman/Tahaddi has worked with nearly 4,000 young people since its launch in May 2009, working closely with private and government schools, as well as leading employers in Oman.

His Highness Sayyid Faisal bin Turki Al Said, Patron of Outward Bound Oman, stated, "I am honoured to be associated with a programme that gives the people of Oman such an outstanding opportunity, and such a character forming experience."

Outward Bound Oman/Tahaddi is a not-for-profit educational initiative dedicated to using the outdoor environment to develop the life skills of young people in Oman.

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