GUtech celebrates Omani Women’s Day on campus

Omani Women’s Day was celebrated by the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) at its university campus in Halban recently under the patronage of Her Highness Sayyida Tagreed Turki Al Said. Sayyida Tagreed inaugurated an arts exhibition and a bazaar to mark the occasion. Since the launch of the Omani Women’s Day by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said in 2011, the event was organised for the first time at the university by the Student Affairs Department of GUtech, along with GUtech’s female students. During her speech, Sayyida Tagreed stressed the importance of women within the Omani society.“Omani women work in different sectors nowadays, and side by side along with men, while also playing a role in their families, as a mother and a sister, and playing a role in public, as a colleague and a student,” she said. The majority of the students studying at GUtech are female and a large number of students participated and attended the evening event. “This is a very special day for us Omani women. With our support, the economy will grow more and more,” said Baraah Al Saady, Foundation Year student at GUtech. The students said they were happy to see such an event being organised by the university, in order to stress the importance of women. “In the past, the situation of women was different and there was less trust in women. His Majesty the Sultan has placed his trust in Omani women and we participate in building Omani society”, said Al Anood Al Gharibi, Foundation Year student at GUtech. Going forwards, Al Gharibi said she would like to become an architect. “Everybody has a dream. To realise our dreams, women need the support of society”, she added. The event included a number of other activities, such as a Fitness Fusion Workshop, including Zumba and facials, a Bangladeshi dance, a fashion show of traditional Omani dresses by Omani designer Zamzam Al Balushi, a taekwondo show and a photography and crafts exhibition. Author Balqees Al Ma’mari also launched her novel in Arabic at the event.

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