MORE than 2,000 visitors attended Oman's four day Al Ahlam UK Education Expo 2016 which took place in Muscat and Salalah by the time it ended on 24 March.
The event was opened by the British Ambassador to Oman, His Excellency Jonathan Wilks, as shown above, and it welcomed several other highly distinguished delegates from the British Embassy, UK Trade & Investment, British Council, Ministry of Higher Education and other ministries in the Sultanate.
Many young Omanis took the opportunity to explore the options offered by UK universities and other higher education institutions at the Expo, which gave an unrivalled chance to provide the biggest range of information on available courses in the UK.
In turn, the organisers said that the UK bodies taking part expressed their admiration in the way the event was organised at the Muscat Intercontinental Hotel and the Hilton Salalah Resort. They praised the importance of the Expo for providing a platform to the UK institutions to interact with potential students, parents and professionals seeking to pursue higher education.
Salim Omar Al Hashmi, chairman of Al Nimr Expo which organised the event, said, “We have successfully concluded another edition of the expo and this is a big achievement for us.
"There were a lot of expectations from this expo and I am sure we have fulfilled them with flying colours. The exhibitors were happy with the response they got from the visitors and also with the overall reach of the Expo in promoting the Universities.”
Kate Clarke, Al Ahlam Higher Education Services managing director, said: “The timings and the venue worked well in our favour and we witnessed a good number of quality potential students who were keen on pursuing their higher education in UK.
"The Expo also allowed us to guide students, showcase our education counselling services and address queries about study in UK before they went to interact with the Universities and explore their various options.”
More than 30 educational institutions from the UK participated at the Expo ranging from universities and colleges to English language schools. Representatives from universities such as Southampton, Aston, Glasgow and Nottingham are frequent visitors to Oman and their stands drew large crowds.
Meanwhile, newcomers like Liverpool New College and Sussex University enhanced the variety of choice available to prospective students and provided options for everyone.
The Expo was organised by Al Nimr Expo in association with Al Ahlam Higher Education Services and supported by UK Trade & Investment.