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bank muscat Main Sponsor for the 12th Gulf Stage Festival

Muscat- 31st August 2012, Bank muscat, the flagship financial institution in the Sultanate of Oman, has announced its support and participation as the main sponsor of the 12th Gulf Stage Festival.  The Sultanate will be hosting the festival, in the Governorate of Dhofar for the first time during the period 8-15 September 2012. It is expected that all GCC countries will also participate. Support for the forthcoming stage festival falls within the framework of the bank's efforts at offering assistance and support to cultural events and activities as part of its national duty and social responsibility commitments. bank muscat is one of the leading Omani financial institutions that support various economic, social, cultural and sporting events/activities that are organized in the Sultanate.

The opening ceremony of the 12th Gulf Stage Festival, which will be held at the Stage of the Directorate General of Heritage and Culture in the Governorate of Dhofar, will be under the auspices of HE Sheikh Khalid bin Omar Al Marhoun, Minister of Civil Service. It will be attended by Ministers and Undersecretaries, including the respective heads of the Gulf countries' delegations taking parting in the festival.  A number of workshops and cultural events will be organized on the periphery of the festival to discuss the overall state of theatrical works in the Gulf region.  It is expected that all the stage-related events will be held at the Stage of the Directorate General of Heritage and Culture, including the Stages of Dhofar Municipality, Technical and Applied Sciences Colleges, and Dhofar University. The Organizing Committee of the Stage Festival will also arrange familiarization and tourist visits for the participating delegates to certain historic and tourist locations, as well as holding poetry recital evenings.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Yasser Tabouk, Regional Manager of bank muscat in the Governorate of Dhofar, said:  "We are proud to be participating in the support and success of the 12th Gulf Stage Festival, which will be organized in the Governorate of Dhofar and will be hosted by the Sultanate for the first time.  Our participation is aimed at portraying the Sultanate as a suitable and conducive destination for hosting different cultural, sporting and economic events and activities.  I am extremely happy and much appreciative of the efforts of the Ministry of Heritage and Culture, represented by the Directorate General of Heritage and Culture in the Governorate of Dhofar, for hosting such important cultural events that always play a role in showcasing the varied components enjoyed by the Sultanate. I am sure that bank muscat will always support all local and international events and activities that raise the good name of the Sultanate.

Mr. Tabouk further explained: "bank muscat endeavors, through its banking services and products, to meet the requirements of its customers and help in realizing their dreams and ambitions. bank muscat’s participation in national activities and events, such as the hosting of the 12th Gulf Stage Festival, gives the bank an opportunity to show its interest in supporting all types of economic, sporting and cultural events that the Sultanate hosts.  The bank wishes every success to the Gulf delegations taking part in the festival and urges members of the general public in the Governorate of Dhofar - in particular - and in the Sultanate, in general, to attend the events of the stage festival and to follow up the varied activities that accompany this Gulf cultural event.”

It is worth mentioning that bank  muscat, the leading financial institution in the Sultanate of Oman, supports economic, cultural, social and sporting events and has successfully organized a number of such initiatives which have been well received and appreciated by Omani society; organized as part of its strategy aimed at supporting events that serve the interests of Omani society.  The bank will continue supporting activities that benefit Omani youth and will continue to play a positive role in the development of their capabilities.