OCEC, Paris, France 28 October 2021
Continuing their ongoing commitment to developing and empowering Omani youth within the Sultanate, Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre were proud to have one of their team participate at the 2021 edition of the prestigious International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) congress.
Held from 24 – 27 October, this year’s ICCA congress went ahead under the theme Forward to our Future
, and Oman’s premier events venue was honored to have Mariya Al Hashar – OCEC’s Senior Business Development Executive – nominated as a Middle East representative for the congress’s Future Leaders Council session.
Mariya represented OCEC at the congress’s Paris Hub, which was one of multiple hubs linked to the main event in Cartagena, Colombia.
As a dynamic, progressive event, the Future Leaders Council served to shed light on how the world’s “leaders of tomorrow” can extend their influence to make a lasting impact in the industry.
OCEC were proud to have Mariya Al Hashar showcase Oman positively on the international stage – and to represent OCEC’s commitment to nurturing and developing young Omani talent within the Sultanate.
According to Said Al Shanfari, CEO – OCEC, “Our participation at this year’s ICCA Congress reflects OCEC’s commitment and vision – over the long term – to empowering the youth of Oman. The Omani youth represent the future of the nation: They are our future decision makers and future industry leaders. In supporting the individual development of young Omanis today, OCEC can ensure they are competent and qualified to lead the Sultanate to a brighter, and more prosperous future.”
“In addition, as our young Omani talents enjoy more exposure at international events like the ICCA Congress, they gain experience in building and developing foreign relationships – which is a significant part of our industry,” Said Al Shanfari added.
Speaking about her attendance, Mariya explained: “It was an incredible honor to represent both the OCEC and the Sultanate of Oman at this important international congress. The Future Leaders Council was of particular importance, as it served as a platform to discuss and redefine social sustainability through the eyes of young event professionals – which aligns closely with OCEC’s own commitment to developing the talents of Omani youth.”
OCEC’s representation at this year’s ICCA congress was also significant because it showcased that the OCEC and Oman are now ready and willing to welcome back the world’s events-tourism sector after having to suspend nearly all international events following the outbreak of the global COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020.
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Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) – Oman’s premier Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing & Exhibitions (MICE) venue – is located in its own fully integrated precinct only four kilometers from Muscat International Airport. OCEC features two tiered auditoriums to seat 3,200 and 456 guests, while five exhibition halls feature 22,396 square meters of column-free exhibition space. Hall 1 acts as a multi-purpose space for plenary sessions, concerts, performances and gala dinners on a larger scale. Halls 1 & 2 combined can seat over 10,000 seated in theatre-style. OCEC also includes an additional 20 meeting rooms for 25 – 360 delegates, the Grand Ballroom which seats up to 1,200 guests in banquet style, the Junior Ballroom which seats up to 540 guests for banquets, 10 hospitality suites, and a VIP Pavilion. In total, OCEC offers over 120,000 square meters of hirable event space plus a multi-story car park with a capacity for 5,000 vehicles. The design of the Centre ensures a flow of meeting spaces to suit the most discerning conference and exhibition organizers. It also incorporates expansive concourse areas with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking landscaped gardens to enable ease of movement for large delegations. As a part of OCEC, The Precinct provides the infrastructure necessary to host successful international, regional and local events and is there for the enjoyment of delegates, visitors and the local community. It includes the 5 Star JW Marriott Muscat Hotel linked to the Convention Centre itself, as well as the 4 Star Crowne Plaza OCEC Hotel. A business park, surrounded by a nature reserve, which is a haven for Oman’s exotic birdlife, together with parklands and a wadi river valley, also form part of The Precinct.
Oman Tourism Development Company SAOC (OMRAN) drives the investment, growth and development of the rapidly growing tourism sector in the Sultanate of Oman. The company is the master developer of major tourism, heritage, urban and mixed-use projects, delivering some of nation’s most visionary and iconic destinations – including Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre. OMRAN has a proven track record of delivering tourism and related projects to a world-class standard due to their core philosophy of sustainability, transparency and partnering with renowned regional and international investors.