100 students representing more than 20 countries arrived back safely after a life-changing five-day experience at annual Muscat Youth Summit (MYS) in Duqm. The Summit came to a close with the crowning of the Shinas group as winners of the MYS 2013 challenge for their electronic magazine project, Duqmag, which offers a window into the culture, people and lifestyle of Duqm.
From December 14th to 19th, students were presented with eight different challenges that centred on Duqm’s development as Oman’s newest business hub. With help from industry mentors, students worked on urban issues ranging from social enterprise, eco-friendly family housing, transport, sustainable development, entrepreneurship to publishing and city branding.
Students presented their completed projects to a panel of judges comprising of HH Sayyid Faisal bin Turki Al Said, Director General, Marketing and Media at the Public Authority for Investment Promotion and Export Development (PAIPED), Ismail bin Ahmed Al Balushi, Deputy CEO of the Special Economic Zone Authority Duqm (SEZAD) and Hashim Taher Al Ibrahim, Senior Business Development Manager at Port of Duqm.
HH Sayyid Faisal, Chairman, MYS Organizing Committee, said, “As the Sultanate moves towards a diverse and sustainable economy, the creative industries will take on huge importance and the Summit introduced many of the students to this line of work. MYS is a unique opportunity for young people to experience the dynamics of a work environment without being in an actual office. The quality of the final projects presented to the judging panel was truly outstanding. Indeed, some very serious issues were tackled at MYS. Indeed, the Summit is designed to push expectations and boundaries. It gets participants to look to the future with passion and enthusiasm and to embrace it.”
Projects were scored based on creativity, teamwork, presentation delivery, potential for investment, sustainability and time management. Duqmag was designed to reflect Duqm’s cultural and economic landscape in light of the city’s rising status. The magazine included human interest stories, investigative reporting as well as stories on the natural habitat of Duqm.
Ismail bin Ahmed Al Balushi, Deputy CEO of the Special Economic Zone Authority Duqm (SEZAD), said, “We saw eight very impressive project presentations which clearly understood the challenges facing Duqm’s community and the dynamics involved in creating a city from scratch. In fact, we’re delighted to announce that SEZAD will be adopting the winning project’s plan for an online Duqm magazine.”
Organised by the Public Authority for Investment Promotion and Export Development (PAIPED), the Summit’s challenges were designed to instill confidence, nurture critical life-skills and highlight the diverse talents required to succeed in today’s global business environment. To that end, students learned how to create and develop a project, develop a business plan, build a network of contacts, partner with investors and market ideas.
Muscat Youth Summit 2013 was supported by Sultan Qaboos Higher Centre for Culture and Science; the Ministry of Education; UNESCO; the Oman National Commission for Education, Culture and Science; Special Economic Zone Authority Duqm (SEZAD); Nawras; Oman India Fertilizer Company (OMIFCO). The summit is sponsored by Khimji Ramdas; Omran; The Wave, Muscat; Omantel; Oman Dry Dock; Port of Duqm; National Ferries Company; Horizons HRD; and broadcast partners Al Wisal FM and Merge 104.8.
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