Oman Air launches Casablanca flights

The inaugural flight WY171 departed Muscat International Airport after a cake cutting ceremony.
Updated 03 July 2018
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Oman Air launches Casablanca flights

Oman Air, the national carrier of Oman, commenced its new service from Muscat to the Moroccan city of Casablanca on July 1. The inaugural flight WY171 departed Muscat International Airport at 1:20 a.m. after a cake cutting ceremony. The flight arrived in Casablanca at 7:10 a.m. This new service to Casablanca is operated by Dreamliner (787-800) and is scheduled to depart Muscat four times per week flying to Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca. 

Oman Air’s official delegation to Casablanca included Ahmed Nasser Al-Mahrizi, minister of tourism (guest of honor), Dr. Mohammed Al-Zaabi, CEO PACA, and a number of Oman Air’s senior management team members. The delegation was received by top-ranking officials in Morocco, including Oman’s ambassador to Morocco. 

Following the inaugural flight, Oman Air hosted a press conference to brief media on its new destination and the importance of the new route. 

The launch of the Casablanca service comes at an exciting time for Oman Air, as the airline commenced operations to Istanbul in June. This October, the national carrier is also set to introduce a new service to Moscow as well as relaunch its service to the Maldives. 

With a flight time of eight hours and 50 minutes, Flight WY171 will depart Muscat on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1:20 a.m., arriving in Casablanca at 7:10 a.m. The return flight WY172 will depart Casablanca four times a week at 8:20 a.m. on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, arriving in Muscat International Airport’s new, award-winning passenger terminal at 7.15 p.m.; a return flight duration of seven hours and 50 minutes. 

The direct flight between Morocco and Oman benefits both business and leisure travelers, strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries. Travelers from Morocco can take advantage of Oman Air’s connections via Oman Air’s hub, Muscat International Airport, to a wide range of destinations across the globe. The launch of this route is a significant milestone for Oman Air and is in direct response to customer demand, the airline said. 


360-degree mentoring to boost Saudi social enterprise sector

Updated 23 May 2019
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360-degree mentoring to boost Saudi social enterprise sector

The King Khalid Foundation (KKF) and Mowgli Mentoring have collaborated to strengthen the growing social enterprise sector in the Kingdom through the provision of 360-degree mentoring, which will support the personal and professional development of social entrepreneurs. The EMCC-accredited mentoring organization is working to built the capacity of Saudi mentors by instilling best mentoring practices and sharing experiences from its 10-year work around the world.

Globally, the concept of social entrepreneurship is increasingly gaining momentum and positive attention as it combines commerce with social good, allowing entrepreneurs to go beyond profit to positively impact communities and societies. Supporting these entrepreneurs, therefore, is in line with the KKF’s vision, which is to have a Saudi society with equal opportunities.

The KKF’s collaboration with Mowgli resulted in the creation of the Athar (Impact) Mentoring Program.

This program aims to build and increase the capacity of Saudi mentors, and equip them with the necessary tools to be able to provide mentorship, support and guidance to social entrepreneurs in the Kingdom. Matching mentors with social entrepreneurs and managing their mentorship relationships is a key benefit of the program.

To commence the mentoring program, Mowgli recently delivered a four-day workshop in the KKF premises in Riyadh. Fourteen professionals and business leaders received training to be 360-degree mentors before being matched with 14 social entrepreneurs. Both groups were provided with the guidelines to build solid foundations for their 1-2-1 mentoring relationships. In addition, the matched pairs will be supported over a duration of six months, during which structured on-going support will be provided to ensure that trust-based and impactful mentoring relationships are developed.

Mowgli Mentoring’s CEO Kathleen Bury said: “We see this program supporting the three themes on which the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 was built upon: Developing a vibrant society, a thriving economy and an ambitious nation. By supporting social entrepreneurs, we’re working toward achieving the Kingdom’s economic aspirations of increasing SME GDP contribution by 20–30 percent by 2030. We are, therefore, excited to be back in Saudi Arabia and are honored to be working with the King Khalid Foundation in delivering this program, and building Saudi Arabia’s mentoring capacity to sustainably support change-makers and their surrounding ecosystems for years to come.”

The key to developing entrepreneurship and fostering economic development lies in having a well-balanced ecosystem with equal investment in four key pillars: Environment (schooling, parenting), finance (working capital, debt and equity financing), infrastructure (incubators, accelerators, utilities and sound legal frameworks) and human capital development (mentoring, skills and knowledge development). Mowgli supports the latter and has successfully delivered more than 110 mentoring programs across the Middle East, North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.