Muscat, Sultanate of Oman - In line with its commitment to corporate social responsibility and supporting local community development efforts, Shell Oman Marketing Company signed an agreement with Dar Al Atta Association to sponsor the Big Give Competition that is scheduled to be launched later this month. The sponsorship agreement was signed at Shell Oman’s head office in Mina Al-Fahal by Adil Ismail Al Raisi, Managing Director of Shell Oman, and Mrs. Maryam Al Zadjali, Chairperson of Dar Al Atta Association, in the presence of senior management representatives of both organizations.

The Big Give competition which is a nationwide initiative by Dar Al Atta, first launched in March 2012, is currently in its fifth round. Teams from different universities and colleges in the Sultanate will compete against each other to come up with big ideas that can help raise funds and awareness that serve the various programmes run by Dar Al Atta.

Speaking about the agreement, Mohammed Ali Al Farsi, General Manager of External Affairs & Business Development, said, “Our partnership with Dar Al Atta in the Big Give Competition is an excellent opportunity for us to take our social investment programme to a nationwide platform and highlight our commitment to society through long-term partnership with active charity organizations.  It also provides a proper channel of communication for young members of the society to drive their enthusiasm towards social work and philanthropy. In addition, it will help develop important skills of the team members and participants in the area of communication, marketing, fundraising and project management, all while delivering value to the charitable causes and projects of Dar Al Atta in the field of family welfare, educational care, empowerment, disaster relief and others.”

Maryam Al Zadjali, Chairperson – Dar Al Atta’a: “On behalf of DAA board members I would like to thank Shell Oman Marketing for supporting this initiative which will reflect positively on the performance of the students participating in this competition. As it was always a hassle for them to find the financial support to start their projects and was one of the main reasons that caused delay in their performance. It is also worth mentioning that Shell has always a big supporter to many other initiatives that are managed by DAA.”

The Big Give Competition main aims are to raise awareness about the importance of volunteerism, encourage young people to engage in voluntary work and the development of youth skills in teamwork, project planning and implementation. The teams compete on 4 different categories of prizes: Most Funds Raised, Best Publicity Awareness, Best Project Implementation and Best Idea.

The agreement comes as an extension of previous partnerships between Shell Oman and Dar Al Atta Association that aimed to contribute to the charitable causes and projects championed by Dar Al Atta like Treasure Hunt, Sponsor a Student Programme and the sponsorship of the community service centre in Jabel Aswad, among many. Both parties are committed to further strengthen their relationship to help the local communities in which they operate.

About Dar Al Attaa:

Dar Al Attaa is an inclusive charity organization and it caters to anyone who is poor in the Sultanate. It is a non-profit volunteer- based charity that was formed in 2002 and was formally registered as a Charity in 2006 with the Ministry of Social Development. This enabled Dar Al Attaa to officially fundraise as well as organize events, hire staff and get properly set up to cater to the needs of the underprivileged.

Shell Oman is publicly listed company on the Muscat Securities Market since 1997, delivering world-class quality of global fuel technology and operational excellence in Retail, Commercial, Lubricants and Aviation businesses in Oman, and has been contributing towards developing sustainable economic advantage in the Sultanate by nurturing the human capital and equipping the Omani workforce to scale the heights of success proven by its track record of high Omanization rate of around 90%.

For Media Enquiries:

Mohammed Ali Al Farsi, GM External Affairs

Shell Oman Marketing Company SAOG

Tel : 24570376


Notes to Editors:

ABOUT Shell Oman Marketing Company SAOG

Initially established in 1958, Shell Marketing (Oman) Ltd became a public limited company in 1997 and was renamed Shell Oman Marketing Company SAOG. This was a unique step in Shell’s history in the Middle East and today ownership of the company is shared between Shell, with 49%, and private investors, many of whom are members of the Omani public.

This ensures that the company not only benefits from Shell's world-class marketing expertise, it is also able to call upon first-hand knowledge of the Sultanate’s business needs and practices.

Today, Shell Oman Marketing provides services and sells a wide range of Shell automotive, aviation and marine products, including fuels, lubricants and greases. SOM also has a network of over 150 Shell retail service stations strategically located throughout the Sultanate.

Shell in Oman by numbers

  • Shell Oman has over 150 service stations located in strategic locations around Oman
  • Shell Oman has reached an Omanization level that exceeds 89%
  • Shell Oman owns and operates Oman's only oil blending plant