Oman Air scores as soccer team takes international title

Updated 15 October 2015

Oman Air scores as soccer team takes international title

Oman Air’s football team has won the Aviation Football Cup 2015, held in Rovinj, in the Istria region of Croatia, on Oct. 2-3. The team beat a side from Ukrainian charter company Windrose 5-4 in the final, having entered the tournament for the first time this year.
And Oman Air goalkeeper Harub was named Best Goalkeeper of 2015, after stopping every ball that threatened to cross the goal line.
Oman Air’s CEO Paul Gregorowitsch said: “This is a fantastic achievement for the Oman Air football team. On behalf of everyone at the airline, I would like to congratulate each and every team member. I would especially like to thank Harub, whose perfect timing and safe pair of hands have ensured that he was named Best Goalkeeper in the tournament.”
He added: “The Oman Air football team’s success in Croatia was particularly impressive, as this was the first year they had entered the Aviation Football Cup. However, their accomplishments go beyond the sporting arena and have helped to raise awareness of Oman Air around the world.”
The Aviation Football Cup provides a platform for aviation professionals from all over the world to meet several times a year in order to travel, play and celebrate with their colleagues. The first tournament was initiated by airline employees and held in Portugal in 2005.
In the ten years since the Aviation Football Cup was launched, over 1,000 players from more than 100 teams, representing 42 countries, have participated in the tournament. Team rankings based on performance since 2011 place the Oman Air football team in 15th position, out of 125 sides, despite only having played in the 2015 tournament.
Gregorowitsch added: “Many of those participating in the tournament had not heard about Oman until the Oman Air team flew in and won the cup.”


LuLu to fly 12 students from Kingdom to NASA

Updated 23 January 2020

LuLu to fly 12 students from Kingdom to NASA

LuLu, the largest hypermarket chain in the Middle East, awarded a total of 12 young students of different nationalities from Saudi Arabia, India, Philippines, and Egypt, a chance to visit the NASA center in the US.
LuLu’s back-to-school promotion called “Fly to NASA” was held in partnership with Almarai. The hypermarket hosted a competition last September in search of students who are science and space knowledge enthusiasts to experience and visit the NASA center in Huntsville, Alabama.
Shehim Mohammed, LuLu Hypermarket director of Saudi Arabia, said: “We are glad to finally announce the winners of this innovative campaign, which is a first and the most unique among our activations over the years of operating in the region. Thank you to our partner Almarai for joining hands with us in this exciting promotion. This is the first time that LuLu will lead a great opportunity to children who have the high potential to grow and learn more while having fun through science.”
Winners include: Abrez Hussain, Mohammed Ahmed, Rayyan Abdul Aziz, Naif Saad Altwaim, Osama Al-Harbi, Hugh Matthew, Khalid Abdul Aziz, Munther Mohammed Qasim Abujazar, Ahmad Gahwagy, Ahmed Khalaf, Hamza Ladha and Asif Rijo.
“Fly to NASA” winners will get to enjoy and experience a one-week trip, which will include five days of fun and learning at NASA’s Space Camp. The selection process involved two phases — first was the preliminary online registration, while the final stage featured a live quiz to obtain the top 12 winners. Students aged 9 to 18 years were encouraged to register and join the online activation.
With 185 stores operating worldwide, LuLu is the fastest growing retail chain across 10 countries, which include the GCC, India, Egypt, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Founded in the early 1990s, it has successfully expanded to different parts of the world, garnering more than 1,600,000 shopping patrons everyday.
LuLu is one of the favorite shopping destinations in Saudi Arabia, where it offers a broad selection of international products. It is one of the Middle East’s top employers with its workforce numbering to 50,000.