Latest: Conde Nast conference opens in Oman
Muscat: A luxury conference, the first hosted by Conde Nast International in the Sultanate, is set to kick off on Wednesday at the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa.
More than 100 Omani entrepreneurs and students benefitted from the seven leadership workshops organised by the Conde Nast International conference speakers a day before the actual conference.
According to an Omran official, this was the first out of the three conferences, where Conde Nast conference speakers held these knowledge sessions for young entrepreneurs and students.
Omran is the master developer of some of Oman’s iconic projects, and also the main partner in the conference.
The workshops were designed to provide Omani youth with insights from pioneers in the luxury and fashion sectors, and to enable them to benefit from their international success stories.
The workshops focused on topics, including jewellery design and development, travel, filmmaking, media and publication, technology, marketing and design.
Badriya Al Siyabi, corporate social responsibility manager of Omran, said, “Omran is committed to up-skilling Omani youth, and we held the leadership workshops based on our belief in the development of society as a main pillar of Omran’s sustainability framework.
Zeena Al Harthy, chief executive officer (CEO) of Green Room Communications, spoke about her participation as a facilitator in the event. “The main goal of the sessions was to expose Omani entrepreneurs in the tourism and hospitality sectors to international expertise, and to upscale their level to international standards.”
Rhea Saran, editor of Conde Nast Middle East, stated, “It is very important to me to make the region more reachable so more people can have more knowledge about the region and what they can do to attract tourism and develop tourism.”
“Being able to talk to people, who are actually at the grassroots here, is very important. The knowledge I have from the people I know and places I go, that can be applied here and is very important thing to be shared with the community,” she added.
International experts presented at the workshops, including Nicholas Coleridge, managing director, Conde Nast U.K. and Simon Mitchell, director and founder of Sybarite.
In addition, Sophie Hackford, fashion future thinker, discussed the impact of technology on the fashion sector, while Caterina Occhio, founder and CEO, SeeMe, spoke about the responsible making of jewellery.
The leadership sessions were also supported by the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa, Muscat. For more information, visit the conference website at http://www.cniluxury.com