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Bank Muscat supports 1st Oman international photography competition

MUSCAT, 4 October 2016 – Bank Muscat, the flagship financial services provider in the Sultanate, in line with its 'Let's Do More' vision and commitment to partnership in promoting Omani talents, extended support to the 1st Oman International Photography Circuit (OPIC) inaugurated under the auspices of H.H Dr. Faris bin Turki al Said at the headquarters of Oman Photographic Society.

The first-of-its kind open international competition in Oman evoked strong response with participation by photographers from 60 countries. The competition was organised under the umbrella of the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP), Global Photographic Union (GPU) and International Association of Architectural Photographers (IAAP) and supported by Oman Photography Society of Sultan Qaboos Centre for Culture and Science.

Highlighting the Sultanate's rich heritage and culture as well as its potential as a tourist destination and cultural hub for photography lovers, the competition is expected to position Oman among international photography competitions and circuits. The competition is also aimed at creating a competitive environment for Omani photographers and provide them with the opportunity to share experiences with counterparts from across the world. The competition also highlights the Sultanate's organisational capabilities to host such global events.

Bank Muscat's Shababi is the first youth banking in Oman, aimed at engaging the youth beyond banking, offering varied opportunities like sports, games, arts and entertainment to support their lifestyle activities. Targeted at youth in the age group of 18 to 25 years who are pursuing higher education in university / colleges, Shababi fulfills the long-felt need of specialised banking services for this segment.

A dedicated web portal (www.bankmuscat.com/shababi) is available for Shababi customers to keep themselves updated on events, activities and promotions available with partner establishments, including sports shops, restaurants and entertainment.

Notably, Shababi encourages the youth from an early age to develop a savings habit. The bank reckons that a strong savings culture inculcated among the youth would have a positive socio-economic impact on Oman.

al Mazyona Savings Scheme offers exclusive prize draws for Shababi customers. Youth customers opening a Shababi account with just RO 10 get a chance to win RO 300 every month. In all, there are 30 winners every month in the youth category. Shababi account holders are also eligible for other al Mazyona prizes by maintaining a minimum balance of RO 100. The Shababi package is available for both Omani and expatriate youth studying in local or international colleges in Oman.