Shabab Oman II leaves Lithua­ni­ans de­lighted

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

Mus­cat - The Royal Navy of Oman Ves­sel (RNOV) Shabab Oman II was the most ex­otic racer of a re­gatta held at Klaipeda in Lithua­nia.

The sea­port hosted about 100 mag­nif­i­cent sail­boats from 19 coun­tries in­clud­ing Aus­tria, Oman, Brazil, The Nether­lands, Den­mark, Swe­den, Fin­land, Rus­sia, etc.

Pres­i­dent of Lithua­nia, Dalia Gry­bauskait, af­ter speak­ing to the crowds of spec­ta­tors and crews, toured Shabab Oman II, stated a press re­lease.

Pres­i­dent Dalia was briefed that Shabab Oman II is not only fo­cused on in­vest­ing in young peo­ple and build­ing their skills and ca­pac­ity, but also car­ry­ing a mes­sage of friend­ship, tol­er­ance and hos­pi­tal­ity around the world.

The im­por­tance of Shabab Oman II goes be­yond her role as a train­ing ship for the Royal Navy of Oman; it is a rov­ing am­bas­sador for the Sul­tanate of Oman. Upon leav­ing the ves­sel the Pres­i­dent of Lithua­nia in a vis­i­tor’s book wrote ‘per­fect rep­re­sen­ta­tion of your coun­try around the world’.

Shabab Oman II be­ing an­chored in Klaipeda hosted more than 30,000 peo­ple. She brought out­stand­ing ex­am­ples of Omani her­itage and tra­di­tion: Pho­tog­ra­phy, hand paint­ing, unique frank­in­cense, tra­di­tional mu­sic, Omani food flavours and many more. But most im­por­tant, says Bo­leta Senkiene, hon­orary con­sul of Oman in Lithua­nia, is the hos­pi­tal­ity and smil­ing faces of the crew. “The warm wel­come that had been given by Omani crew to the vis­i­tors is a true trea­sure in this chang­ing world. I am truly de­lighted to tell the im­pres­sions not only of Lithua­ni­ans but ev­ery­one who has vis­ited Shabab Oman II. The at­mos­phere and warmth re­ceived is un­for­get­table.”

Peo­ple in Lithua­nia have been im­pressed by old and new, tra­di­tional and mod­ern - Shabab Oman II is a true dis­play of Oman’s mar­itime cul­ture. Not only does Shabab Oman II carry for­ward the work of her pre­de­ces­sor Shabab Oman, but she also gives new ex­pres­sion to Oman’s long and dis­tin­guished mar­itime her­itage.

Shabab Oman II left Lithua­nia bring­ing Oman at least a lit­tle closer to many Lithua­ni­ans who still con­sider the coun­try some­what ex­otic.

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