Fifth Edition of Al Roya Youth Initiative Award launched
The fifth edition of the Al Roya Youth Initiative Award was launched on Wednesday in a grand ceremony held under the auspices of H E Ali bin Khalfan al Jabri, Undersecretary in the Ministry of Information.
Hatim al Taie, general manager and editor-in-chief of Al Roya newspaper, Said al Balushi, senior vice president-Technicalof Oxy Oman, and Saif al Busaidi, vice president, HR, Admin and CSR of Oxy Oman attended the event. The launch ceremony was held at Grand Hyatt.
“Our support to the Al Roya Youth Initiative Award is founded on our strong belief in youth development and innovation. This support is part of our social responsibility strategy and we share a vision with Al Roya Newspaper that already has a record of unique social initia- tives,” said Balushi.
Taie said, “Our gathering here is just a single link in a long chain of efforts made by Al Roya to create a better tomorrow for the youth of Oman. Our efforts are founded on aspiration, giving, competitiveness and innovation. We aim to equip the youth with the tools to lead and re-ignite the pioneering spirit of their ancestors in them.”
He added, “Al Roya Youth Initiative Award, in its fifth edition, is the crown of successful previous editions with a strategic partnership with Oxy Oman for the fifth year in a row. The initial process was the hardest. Our teams had to go down to the field from one governorate to another and get to the youth where they were, deliver expert awareness and inspirational talks.
“But our hardest efforts also reaped rewards and applicants were surprisingly plentiful. With the help of this initiative, young aspiring talents made it, for the first time, to the podium and were energised to pursue greater heights.
“The award for this year will focus on scientific innovation, especially renewable energy. A number of workshops will be organised for young inventors.”
Faiza al Kalbani, head of the economy section at Al Roya, gave a presentation about the award categories, indicating that there will be eight categories and three awards to be won in each, with a total of 24 cash awards. The first winner of each category will receive RO1,500, while the second will get RO1,000 and the third RO500, all with a certificate of appreciation.
There will be no joint awards between entries; applicant teams will win their awards collectively and each member of the team will receive a certificate.
The award is targeting young Omani innovators, students of all educational institutions and all local youth teams. Applicants have to be holding the Omani citizenship, aged between 18 and 40 years with an exception to the robotic scientific innovation category which will be open for all from the age of six onwards.
The agreement falls under the umbrella of strategic partnerships and is part of Oxy Oman’s endeavour and longterm commitment to support initiatives that enhance economic growth and sustainable development and yield positive impacts in the neighbouring communities.