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Omanisation at Royal Opera House Muscat continues

May 19, 2014


Muscat: More Omanis are finding jobs in fields previously unknown in the Sultanate, thanks to the Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM).

Speaking at a press conference to announce the 2014-2015 season, His Highness Sayyid Kamil Fahad Al Said noted that new job opportunities are being created in the lighting, sound, costume and other technical departments at the ROHM.

The Omani staff members are learning skills such as stage lighting, sound engineering, and stage makeup and other technical roles essential to any theatre.  

"The Royal Opera House Muscat's mission also includes introducing Omanis to jobs new to the Omani market. We expect this number to increase in the future," Sayyid Kamil noted.

In the last quarter of 2013, 21 Omanis were recruited. So far this year, 21 Omanis have been hired, bringing the total to 42. Also, training and internship programmes have been ongoing to prepare Omanis for the many technical jobs on stage, as well as opera house programming.

"During the summer and the upcoming academic year, the ROHM will continue the efforts it started last summer, offering internships for college and high school students to help them gain a hands-on experience as early as possible and to introduce them to basic technical, artistic and administrative aspects involved in our activities," added Dr Nasser Al Taee, adviser to the Board of Directors for Education and Outreach. The majority of the administrative staff at the ROHM are Omanis, but since the venue is the first of its kind in the region, there were no locals with the requirements to fill the technical roles. This is changing now, as more Omanis learn about the various jobs available in the theatre.

Since the ROHM opened in October 2011, more Omanis have also shown an interest in visiting the institution and attending its events, Sayyid Kamil noted.

"While it is difficult to measure in absolute numbers, but given our observation throughout the season, we can definitely confirm that we have observed an increase in the Omani audience across all Arab and non-Arab events," Sayyid Kamil said.

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Source: Times of Oman

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