Shell Intilaaqah Encourages Omanis to Take Part in Shell Livewire’s Top Ten Innovators Competition
Inspiring budding entrepreneurs to share their inventions, ideas and entrepreneurial success stories with the world, Shell Intilaaqah started a nation-wide campaign to encourage Omani talent to apply to the 2019 Shell LiveWIRE Top Ten Innovators competition. This contest rewards outstanding examples of innovation and creates role models to empower young entrepreneurs across the world. Inspired by circular economy theme, the competition has three separate award categories focused on a different element of the circular economy.
To raise awareness about this year’s competition which targets its alumini as well as its iClub members, Shell Intilaaqah had conducted several activities in Oman and recently held an event at the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech). The session shed light on the competition, which aims to reward exceptional examples of innovation by Shell LiveWIRE-supported entrepreneurs, which is also held in partnership with Shell Global Commercial for the 2019 edition.
This year’s competition has three categories - Food and Agriculture, Energy and Mobility, and Sustainable Future. The winners will receive an award package which includes mentoring support by a Shell expert and the opportunity to explore supply opportunities within Shell’s global network. The chosen winners from each category will be announced during the Global Entrepreneurship Week later this year.
Najwa Al Kindi, Director of Shell Intilaaqah Oman, said, “This competition rewards entrepreneurs who work towards achieving their business goals, while having a positive impact on their communities and in this year’s edition, the economy in general. The participation of
Omani entrepreneurs will inspire other entrepreneurs to follow suit in their pursuit of success as business owners. This year’s interactive event at GUtech also spread awareness about Shell Intilaaqah and its support to small and medium enterprises across the Sultanate through activities such as the Intilaaqah Club (iClub), our recently launched alumni-dedicated association for business people who are eager to succeed in the marketplace, while also sharing their stories with their peers.”
Ahmed Saud Al Salmi, Managing Director of GUbridge at GUtech said, “We believe budding entrepreneurs must be innovators if they are to become successful business people. There is a wealth of creative talent in the Sultanate and contests such as these are key to fostering and unlocking it. We are sure the winners will go on to achieve great things.”
Shell began its downstream marketing operations in Oman in 1958 when the Shell Company of South Eastern Arabia - the forerunner of Shell Markets (Middle East) Limited – obtained trading rights from the Late Sultan Said bin Taimur. The fuel was initially imported on trading dhows, the drums were tied with a rope and floated ashore and then hand-rolled inland. All trading was carried out through a local agent.
When in 1958 Shell obtained a contract from PDO to supply fuel it was decided to build a depot at Saih al Mailah Bay (now known as Mina al Fahal). The department had two bulk tanks for motor gasoline and Gasol, a two paint bulk filling gantry, a go-down for lubricants, a drum filling gantry, a small depot office and a house.