Ooredoo Sponsors Entrepreneurship and Innovation Lecture Hosted by the Research Council
Reflecting its growing popularity with Oman’s burgeoning entrepreneurial community, Ooredoo recently sponsored an entrepreneurship and innovation lecture hosted by The Research Council (TRC) at the Ministry of Higher Education auditorium in airport heights. The lecture was delivered by international expert, author, and senior consultant Professor Dr. Paul Iske of the Maastricht University School of Business and Economics in Holland. Many people attended the event, which was held under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Abdallah bin Mohammed Al Sarmi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Higher Education, and included the participation of senior government officials, entrepreneurs, and students from across the Sultanate.
During the lecture, Dr. Paul Iske highlighted the importance of creating an innovation-friendly ecology that was responsive to local and international trends, fostering social harmony in addition to spurring creativity and entrepreneurial excellence. The speaker also detailed how to build research capacity, research networks that facilitate knowledge transfer and stimulate development in all areas.
Saied Sadiq Mohammed Al Lawati, Director of Business Marketing at Ooredoo, said, “We believe innovation is key to driving the sustainable development of the Sultanate’s burgeoning entrepreneurial community. To that end, we were proud to sponsor today’s lecture and gain a deeper insight into how we all can collectively contribute to creating an environment that promotes and embeds innovation in all operations.”
He added, “Throughout Dr. Paul Iske long and distinguished career, he has shared the importance of experimentation, entrepreneurship and breakthrough innovation with people across the world. Renowned for his commitment to inspiring and teaching, Dr. Paul Iske has earned a reputation for encouraging sustainable value creation and knowledge management. With his expertise, we were able to learn best practices related to innovation and how to apply them on a day-to-day basis.”
As a pioneer in delivering telecommunication products and services that perfectly complement SMEs as well as large business enterprises, Ooredoo prides itself on driving innovation to champion social and economic growth in Oman. Among its many best-in-class tailored to boost the public and private sector are Business Reach Mobile, its revamped Shahry Business Packs, and Nojoom Business. For more information on the company’s business propositions, visit http://www.ooredoo.om/Business.aspx or any of Ooredoo’s 42 stores located throughout Oman.
Omani Qatari Telecommunications Company SAOG (“Ooredoo”) was founded and registered in the Sultanate of Oman in December 2004. It launched its service in March 2005 as the challenger mobile operator in Oman, originally operating under the name Nawras. The Company was awarded the second fixed licence in Oman in 2009, and launched its international gateway in April 2010, its corporate fixed and broadband services in May 2010, and its residential fixed and broadband services in June 2010. Since 2010, Ooredoo has been an integrated services telecommunications operator and is currently serving over 2 million customers across the Sultanate. Following a successful IPO on 1 November 2010, Ooredoo is listed on the Muscat Stock Market (MSM) under the “ORDS” ticker. Ooredoo is majority owned by Ooredoo Q.S.C. and also has a number of significant Omani shareholders which ensures that the company is strongly integrated into the Omani society. Ooredoo has won a number of awards including Jury’s Distinction Award for Customer Service Excellence in the telecom sector 2013, Leading Telecommunications Company at the Arab Achievement Awards 2013, Best Operator Network at the Telecoms World Middle East 2013 Awards, a number of awards for their outstanding campaigns at the Dubai Lynx Awards in February 2014 and the CommsMEA award for Middle East Mobile Operator of the Year 2015.
About Ooredoo Group
Ooredoo is a leading international communications company delivering mobile, fixed, broadband internet and corporate managed services tailored to the needs of consumers and businesses across markets in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia. As a community-focused company, Ooredoo is guided by its vision of enriching people’s lives and its belief that it can stimulate human growth by leveraging communications to help people achieve their full potential. Ooredoo has a presence in markets such as Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Algeria, Tunisia, Iraq, Palestine, the Maldives, Myanmar and Indonesia. The company was named “Most Innovative Company of the Year – MEA Region” at the 2015 International Business Awards.
The company reported revenues of USD 8.8 billion in 2015 and had a consolidated global customer base of 117 million customers as of 31 December 2015. Ooredoo’s shares are listed on the Qatar Stock Exchange and the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange.