Muscat – The Brand Oman Management Unit (BOMU) and organizers of the 1st Muscat Youth Summit hosted a debriefing session on Sunday evening at the Diplomatic Club for Summit presenters and supporters.
Held 7 - 9 December 2009 at the Al Nahda Resort & Spa, the UNESCO-backed, three-day residential program attracted presenters from around the world, including Australia, Germany, Jordan, France and the United Kingdom. While key local supporters included the Ministry of Education, Shababiah, Shell, Omran, Khimji Ramdas, Al Maha Petroleum, Oman Botanic Garden and Qalhat LNG.
Addressing Sunday's meeting, BOMU's Alya Al Hosni and Summit Project Manager said: "Feedback from everyone involved in the event has been outstanding. We had nearly 200 participants from over 10 countries attend the Summit. It was a truly rewarding experience for everyone involved."
Commenting on the Summit's venue, Al Hosni remarked: "We're so glad we chose Al Nahda Spa & Resort - it was just amazing, with excellent support from the staff, wonderful food and service and of course the beautiful gardens where participants could relax and chat in between the Summit's rich and challenging program of presentations, workshops and site visits."
Speaking on the sidelines of Sunday's meeting, Rajiv Ahuja of Khimji Ramdas said: "The success of the 1st Muscat Youth Summit speaks highly of the calibre and quality of the guest speakers and relevant subject matter." Adding: "The three-day program attracted a wonderful mix of participants - students of different ages, backgrounds and nationalities. And as it gathers a reputation for bringing together the very best in cutting edge presenters and experiential learning I can see the Summit doubling in size in 2010."
But it's not just about the youth, explained Al Hosni, "With our partners we aim to create a learning environment which not only involves students but also stakeholders from government, business, education, the voluntary sector and the arts – a truly diverse group who are energized and empowered in learning from each other."
Feedback from those attending Sunday's debriefing session clearly suggests that the 1st Muscat Youth Summit was a success and proves that Oman's youth are committed and interested in their community.
"From my experience of interacting with Summit attendees, it was clear they were intelligent and well-informed about both local and global environmental issues. It was great to be able to hear their opinions and concerns on sustainability, innovation and urban development, and hopefully the Summit's presentations, workshops and site visits provided them with some answers and food for further thought," commented Sarah Kneebone of Oman Botanic Garden.
According to BOMU's Al Hosni: "The key message we received from the Summit was that young people do care and respond very positively and welcome the opportunity to be involved in issues that affect their respective communities and that's something BOMU intends to explore further."