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. 


Middlesex University Dubai doctorate for LuLu chairman

The UAE’s Minister of Tolerance Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al-Nahyan awarded the doctorate to Yusuff Ali M.A., LuLu Group chairman and managing director.
Updated 20 November 2018
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Middlesex University Dubai doctorate for LuLu chairman

Middlesex University Dubai recently conferred an honorary doctorate on businessman and philanthropist Yusuff Ali M.A., LuLu Group chairman and managing director. The UAE’s Minister of Tolerance Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al-Nahyan was the chief guest of the graduation event. 

While addressing the graduates and dignitaries, Sheikh Nahyan stressed the importance of education, which he said defines the character of an individual. Sheikh Nahyan further said that investing in education is like investing in the future, which also shapes the values of citizens. He urged students to continuously learn as it is a never-ending process. 

Sheikh Nahyan congratulated Ali on receiving the honorary doctorate, saying: “Yusuff Ali played an important role in strengthening the relationship between India and the UAE and for setting benchmarks in entrepreneurial leadership.”

He praised Ali’s “commitment to fellow human beings” and described him as a person with an “impressive record of achievements.”

More than 300 students were also awarded graduation degrees by Sheikh Nahyan. Also present on the occasion were Dr. Tayeb Kamali, Hamad Abdulla Al-Shamsi, chairman of Amanat Holding, and other dignitaries.