Monday, December 5, 2022

Oman Sail introduces RS Venture Connect competitors to Omani culture

Starting off in the historic Muttrah area of old Muscat, the group had the chance to explore the traditional souq and corniche, where latticed buildings and bustling market stalls are tucked in between the mountains and the Gulf of Oman

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Muscat: On the eve of the 2022 RS Venture Connect World Championships, the first para sailing competition to ever be held in Oman, event organisers Oman Sail arranged for 32 sailors and coaches to immerse themselves in Omani culture with a unique experience in Muscat.  

Starting off in the historic Muttrah area of old Muscat, the group had the chance to explore the traditional souq and corniche, where latticed buildings and bustling market stalls are tucked in between the mountains and the Gulf of Oman, the principal port in Oman and an integral part of Oman’s maritime heritage. 

Later  the group visited the National Museum to learn about Oman’s cultural heritage and see artefacts dating back to the Bronze Age, as well immersive digital experiences and special exhibits in the 14 permanent galleries within the complex. 

After stopping for photographs outside the Al Alam Palace in Muttrah, the group then enjoyed a traditional Omani meal, a delightful experience to savour an array of Omani dishes. 

Maryam Al Jadidi, Senior Project Manager at Oman Sail, said, “Sport has the power to bring people from different backgrounds together in pursuit of a shared goal, and also provides the opportunity to unite people through shared experiences. 

“Oman is honoured to host the RS Venture Connect World Championships, the first exclusively para sailing event to be held in the country, and a unique opportunity to celebrate this achievement by sharing the personality of Oman with visitors from around the world.”

Racing gets underway today at the Barceló Mussanah Resort where 36 teams from 18 nations will compete to become 2022 RS Venture Connect World Champion.

The RS Venture Connect World Championships are supported by bp Oman, the Oman Paralympic Committee, Oman Maritime Sports Committee, Oman Air, the Barceló Mussanah Resort, Tanuf, the International Maritime College Oman (IMCO), RS Sailing, and environmental partners Clean Seas and Environment Society of Oman (ESO).

Full Event Programme:

Date of Event  Time  Remarks
Sunday 20 November 09.00-14.00


  • Paralympic Development Programme (PDP) Day 1
Monday 21 November 09.00-14.00


  • PDP Day 2
Tuesday 22 November 09.00-14.00


  • PDP Day 3
Wednesday 23 November 09.00-14.00



  • Practice race
  • Classification/Registration
  • Competitor Briefing
Thursday 24 November  12.00
  • Flight-based racing day 1
Friday 25 November 12.00
  • Flight-based racing day 2
Saturday 26 November 12.00
  • Group Finals
Sunday 27 November 12.00


  • Grand Final (Medal Race)
  • Awards Ceremony

About Oman Sail: 

Operating under Oman Tourism Development Company, Oman Sail is tasked with rekindling the country’s maritime eminence, promote the Sultanate around the world through sailing, contribute to the sustainable prosperity of the nation and provide long-term learning opportunities for the youth. 

Since 2008, Oman Sail has built a solid foundation around Sailing, Tourism, Commerce, Health and Environment, all underpinned with competency-based development for its workforce. Committed to offering both men and women equal opportunities to learn, Oman Sail’s programmes focus on nurturing young talent to develop the sailing champions of tomorrow, increasing revenue in the tourism, activity and experiential learning markets and gaining prominent international exposure for the country.

The company has a strong track record in delivering a portfolio of events across the Sultanate to showcase Oman’s natural beauty, tourism potential, the people’s hospitality, and the infrastructure readiness for business opportunities. More information can be found on

About Barceló Hotel Group: 


Barceló Hotel Group is the hotel division of the Barceló Group, which is the 29th largest hotel chain in the world. It currently operates more than 270 leisure and city hotels with 4 and 5 stars, and over 60,000 rooms in 24 countries worldwide, all marketed under four brands: Royal Hideaway Luxury Hotels & Resorts, Barceló Hotels & Resorts, Occidental Hotels & Resorts, and Allegro Hotels.


In May 2021, Barceló Hotel Group’s UAE portfolio received prestigious recognition at the TripAdvisor Travelers Choice Awards 2021 with Barceló Residences Dubai Marina and Dukes The Palm, a Royal Hideaway Hotel being recognized in the top 10% of hotels worldwide.


Barceló Hotel Group achieved the ‘World’s Leading Hotel Management Company’ award at the World Travel Awards 2021.

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