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Momentum gathers pace for the National Bank of Oman Golf Classic

July 31, 2013

The National Bank of Oman Golf Classic is capturing the imagination of the golfing and business community, not only in the Sultanate and across the Middle East but also internationally.

The amount of support Oman's first professional golf tournament is gaining week on week is phenomenal and all the signs lead to the Classic becoming a huge success when the drama is played out at Almouj Golf The Wave, Muscat on October 24-27.

"It's exciting to witness the increasing interest in the Classic in Oman and further afield," says Mohammed Mahfoudh Al Ardhi, Deputy Chairman, National Bank of Oman, whose title sponsorship and enthusiasm has inspired such widespread acclaim for the tournament.

"It was our mission in sponsoring the National Bank of Oman Golf Classic that we would not only put Oman on the world golf map but that we would bring the business world's attention to the considerable benefits of Oman to international companies," says Mohammed Mahfoudh Al Ardhi.

"The amount of promotion and publicity worldwide that has already been generated since we announced the event earlier in the year has been very gratifying and will no doubt have a bearing on golf tourism in Oman.

"We've seen the advantages that golf has brought to the Middle East region in terms of international business, and one of the most encouraging aspects of our event is the sponsor and supplier support we are getting from Government bodies, hotels, organisations and the Oman business sector. Omani businesses are beginning to embrace the National Bank of Oman Golf Classic and we are looking forward to progressing the corporate connection with the tournament."

We will work closely with the Oman Golf Committee and various government bodies including the Ministry of Sports, Muscat Municipality, Royal Oman Police, Ministry of Information, Ministry of Health and the Civil Defence, in order to ensure that the project is a great success.

"One of our most pleasing achievements is that, we have managed to bring so many talented Omani and Arab National players into the event. Azaan Al Rumhy, our leading amateur, who finished tied 17 th out of 49 players in the recent PAN-Arab Championship in Egypt, has accepted our invitation, along with his Oman Team member Ali Hameed. Morocco's Ahmed Marjan and Mustapha El Maouass, the first two in the PAN-Arab Championship, Ali Al Bishi from Qatar and Bahrain's Hamad Mubarak, winner and runner-up in the GCC Championship; Qatar's Saleh Al Kaabi and Ahmed Al Musharekh, the UAE's leading amateur before he turned professional last year, have all eagerly accepted our invitations to the National Bank of Oman Golf Classic.

"It's good that we can provide these players with the opportunity to compete with the stars of the future from the European Challenge Tour. The experience of playing at such a level can only improve their game. We still have more than three months to go before the big event but the entire concept is gathering momentum towards an outstanding tournament," concluded Mohammed Mahfoudh Al Ardhi.

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