Omran stole the spotlight at the Al Mar'a Excellence Awards 2014, where it was highlighted as a dynamo of exceptional talent. The prestigious awards ceremony recognised four women from Omran in a glittering event held at the Intercontinental Hotel, Muscat on 27th October. Now in its fourth year, the Al Mar'a Excellence Awards recognise the achievements of talented and dynamic women in the Sultanate in celebration of Omani Women’s Day.
“Omran delivers visionary projects that benefit the social and economic growth of the Sultanate. The dynamic and creative work culture within Omran attracts talented citizens who are keen to be part of creating new destinations that are shaping the country’s future. The Al Mar'a Excellence Awards presented to our four female employees is testament to the workplace culture in-place at Omran, a culture of merit which celebrates innovation and excellence throughout all levels of the organisation.” Said Eng. Wael Al Lawati, CEO of Omran.
During the awards ceremony, Lamia Al Ansi, Director of Procurement at Omran was presented with the Al Mar’a top achiever award for the ‘Most Promising Young Woman’ for her tireless focus on maximising in-country value for small and large scale projects. Lamia also works with operators and joint venture partners to ensure best procurement practices, recognising the importance Omran places on SMEs by giving them more opportunities to grow their own business.
“I am glad that our efforts have been recognised and I hope we inspire more women to soar high in their respective fields. Omran has always been supportive in enhancing our careers and that said, it is our prerogative to support the nation with our experience,” said Lamia on being awarded the most promising young woman.
Lubna al Kharusi, CFO at Omran won the coveted ‘Al Mar'a Excellence Award for Corporate Leadership,’ for her extensive local and international financial sector experience, together with a holistic understanding of finance, investment and strategic management. Her vital role of CFO at Omran ensures efficient and effective planning and execution of financial management and governance. Commenting on winning the prestigious award, Lubna noted, “It is truly an honour to be chosen from all of the worthy and experienced candidates to receive this accolade. I’m privileged to be a part of the Omran team, it’s an organisation that is taking great strides in positively impacting on the future of our country.”
Omran believes that supporting the interests of their employees not only helps team members achieve higher level of self-efficacy, but ensures a free flow of raw creativity and innovation in the work space.The organisation has taken it a step further and embraced their talents out of the office environment.
Halima Al Kindi, Assistant Manager of Business planning at Omran is one of the founding members of the Omani Women Karting Team and a competitive racer. Her aim is to complete in a six-hour challenge and move on to the 24 hour challenge which will be held in February next year. Once her team has completed one 24 hour race, they believe that the team will have enough experience to race regionally.
Halima, on being awarded the ‘Al Mar'a Excellence Award for Sports’ noted, “Motorsports has long been dominated by male sporting bastion in Oman. Although I do agree that my hobby seems daring, but I would be proud to leave a legacy in something challenging. I’m honoured to be awarded for my talent by Al Mar’a and urge all women to believe in themselves and live their dreams.”
Saba Al Busaidi, Digital Communications Specialist at Omran who won the ‘Al Mar'a Excellence Award for Technology’ is a civil engineer by profession and is passionate about communication. She is one of the most popular social media personalities in the Sultanate.
Saba, on winning the award said, “Today we are almost entirely dependent on technology and I am happy to be awarded in something that I am very passionate about.”
She added: “In Omran, many of our projects and CSR activities span across the Sultanate and that gives us an opportunity and honour of meeting with many talented women in various wilayats, villages and governorates. This award not only recognizes the nominated women but rather comes as recognition to all the dedicated women of our country. To all teachers, doctors, lawyers, engineers, business professionals, artists, potters, farmers, house wives and especially to all mothers, and all the hardworking and multitalented Omani women, I dedicate this award to each one of them and I want to thank my company Omran, my family and my husband for their unswerving support.”