In the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Salalah, in Dhofar in the south of Oman on the second floor, 25 women were sitting together for a four day workshop about packaging products. The ladies who already owned a shop or work in a shop of gift items learned several techniques of packaging with new materials and new designs. The workshop not only enriches their talents and capabilities. It increases also their persistence to give their gift items a more personal touch, so that they can achieve better outcomes. The workshop also serves as a network for the participating women.
“Businesswomen activities are evolving significantly in Oman due to their persistence to succeed, strong existence in market, and diversity in projects,” one can read in Al Ghorfa, bi-monthly magazine published by Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The study “ A Role and Contributions of Women in the Sultanate of Oman,” published in 2011 in International Journal of Business and Management, states that despite the fact that there is still a lot to do, for women in Oman, the new era started when Sultan Qaboos bin Said began the process of Renaissance in 1970. Women are not only encouraged to work shoulder to shoulder with their male counterparts. The current leader has always emphasized the importance of the woman’s role in the countries growth.
On the website of the Consulate General of the Sultanate of Oman – Australia one can read: “Most women feel the nation is moving in the right direction in giving them credit but seek to work with renewed determination for a future of equal rights, opportunities and progress.” The 25 women in Salalah makes already the difference.