Sailing Makes Great Strides in Oman with New Woman’s Program

We think this program rocks! In a country where the great majority of women still wear the chador, girls are going sailing. Now women may be joining them, too.

Empowerment in Oman received a strong impetus this week when Oman Sail launched a sailing program exclusively for women and introduced 30 women sailors to an impressive gathering at Oman Sail’s office at The Wave Muscat. Held under the auspices of Dr. Madeeha bint Ahmed al Shibaniyah, Education Minister, the event marked the launch of the Farr 30 boat, which the women will be competing in during Sailing Arabia – The tour. Dr. Madeeha termed this to be an important event, which will not only empower the women but also create new job opportunities with unique identity to them.

The boat has received Royal blessings and has been named Al Thuraya, the name of a star cluster whose appearance in the sky marked the start of the sailing season for ancient Arab sailors. For Oman Sail, the Al Thuraya boat represents a new sailing future. Since its launch in 2008, Oman Sail has taken nearly 6,000 Omani children sailing, over half of whom have been females. Oman Sail’s CEO David Graham said: ‘The women’s program is the next stage in the project and will ensure we fulfill what we set out for the Oman Sail project to achieve.”

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