28 / 09 / 2016

Oman Air reinforces commitment to NBO Golf Classic Grand Final

Oman Air today reaffirmed its support of the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final announcing that it has renewed its sponsorship of the widely popular annual golf tournament for the fourth consecutive year.

The national airline carrier of the Sultanate made official its participation in the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final as a Presenting Sponsor and Official Carrier. During the tournament, Oman Air will transport the 45 qualifying golfers, their management, caddies and supporters from all over the world to Muscat.

Taking place at Almouj Golf, ideally located on Muscat's pristine coastline, the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final will take place between November 2-5, 2016. The tournament represents the culmination of the European Challenge Tour's "Road to Oman" 2016, which comprises 28 tournaments across 22 different countries.

Commenting on the announcement, Mr. Paul Gregorowitsch, Chief Executive Officer of Oman Air said: "We are delighted to be the Presenting Sponsor for this world-class tournament for the fourth consecutive year. This is in line with our commitment of supporting initiatives that promote Oman, as the amazing destination it is. The NBO Golf Classic Grand Final has grown every year and has certainly been a success story which has earned global recognition. Such events allow us to talk to our target audience, who can come to The Sultanate and enjoy golf as well as the history, culture and breathtaking topography our beautiful destination offers every discerning visitor".

Ahmed Al Musalmi, NBO's Chief Executive Officer added: "Oman created history on Europe's top development tour when in 2013 it became the first country in the GCC to stage a Challenge Tour event, the NBO Golf Classic. We had the opportunity to show the world what Oman can offer in terms of staging a prestigious world-class sporting event. The NBO Golf Classic Grand Final has certainly put the Sultanate on the world golf and tourism map and has created considerable opportunities for Oman's international business and tourism to benefit from the exposure the event has brought. We are incredibly happy to bring on board Oman Air as our Official Airline and Presenting Sponsor for the fourth year in a row. As the national airline of the Sultanate, Oman Air's support to the tournament has been invaluable and provided a significant boost to the event, not just for the golfer competing but also for the Sultanate's tourism and sports industries."

Golfers at the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final will vie for a share of a €400,000 prize fund, with the top 15 players in the final "Road to Oman" rankings earning playing cards for next season's European Tour International Schedule.

After 21 events, Bernd Rithhammer from Germany currently leads the "Road to Oman" standings, followed by England's Jordan Smith and France's Romain Langasque.

The NBO Golf Classic Grand Final has quickly become recognised as one of the leading tournaments on the European Challenge Tour. The tournament has undoubtedly put the Sultanate on the global sports map, and NBO has received praise globally not merely for the excellence of the tournament but also for the boost it has given in encouraging the growth of golf in Oman, particularly the juniors who are reaping the rewards of the Bank's involvement.

In addition to Oman Air, the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final 2016 is supported by Al Turki Enterprises, Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, Majan Shipping, Al Jenaibi Automobiles, and Almouj Golf. Further information on the 2016 NBO Golf Classic Grand Final can be found on the event's all-new website: golf.nbo.om