Over the millennia, Omanis showed their pioneering spirit as navigators. Today, as in most parts of the world, youth prefers watching TV or exploring the virtual worlds of the Internet and smartphones. But there are several personalities in the country who, with their achievements and international successes, show that the world can still be conquered in real life today.
Sultan Al Tooqi
won the silver medal in show jumping at the age of 17 with the mixed team from Australia / Asia in the 2010 Youth Olympics in Singapore. It was the first and so far only Omani medal in the Olympic Games.
Ali Al Habsi
has made it to the top as an Omani footballer. For many years designated the best goalkeeper in the Gulf region, he played for Wigan Athletic in the English Premier League as one of the three best goalkeepers, alongside Edwin Van der Sar and Ben Foster. Wigan Athletic voted him Player of the Year 2010/2011 season. Moving to Reading, Al-Habsi named in the EFL Championship team of the season and awarded the Reading player of the season award. He currently plays as a goalkeeper for Saudi club Al-Hilal and captains the Oman national team.
Khalid Al Siyabi
IT specialist, in 2009 he was the first Arab to climb the 7145m high Mt Pumori Pumori, and in 2010 was the first Omani to climb Mount Everest. "Something is missing in our children's lives today .... We have to give them more challenges and the opportunity to solve problems themselves ... Mountains are the perfect environment to do that."
Ahmad al Harthy
was the first Arab to take second place at the Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship in Hampshire, England in 2009. Al Harthy's success raises hopes for Oman's young motorsport fans, since even the Formula One greats like Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen began their careers here. He won the 2012 Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain Pro-Am 1 Championship and in 2017 became the Blancpain Endurance Cup Pro-Am Champion along with British team-mate Jonny Adam.
Muna Al Shanfari
mother of three, works in a private bank, climbed Kilimanjaro in 2010 as the first Omani woman. "If you have a dream like me, go ahead and try to realize it, especially as a woman."
Fatma Al Nabhani
is the upcoming tennis star of Oman. She improved her ranking at the International Tennis Federation ITF from rank 1052 to rank 372 in just one year. "Mentally it's about being a strong personality. I made it clear to people here that a woman can be an athlete, that a woman can participate in international competitions. The goals are getting higher, but you have to tackle them. "
Nabil Al Busaidi
was the first Arab to reach the magnetic North Pole, on April 29, 2009, after a march on foot of 650 kilometers. "I want people in Oman to be proud of what I've achieved, so today I'm not calling myself Nabil but "Shabab (the youth of) Oman." Since then he has climbed Mount Vinson in Antarctica,and rowed across the Atlantic Ocean. As first Arab to accomplish some of these feats, he was voted one of the Top 100 Most Influential Arabs in the world by Arabian Business magazine in 2009, the Top 50 Influential Arabs by Middle East magazine in 2009 and 2011.
Sami al Shukaili and Fahad al Hasni
are members of the internationally successful extreme sailing team of Oman: the Omani catamarans "The Wave Muscat" and "Oman Sail Masirah" occupy the top places since 2010 in races of the "Extreme Sailing Series" and in May 2015 set a new world record in the circumnavigation from Ireland and the United Kingdom.
Hiba Al Rahbi
a soldier in the Royal Cavalry, is currently Oman's top rider. She is the only one of 12 siblings who has learned how to ride a horse and she has mastered almost all disciplines: trick, dressage, race and polo. She is always one of the best at international competitions in dressage. "In the past, people did not always take women seriously and laughed at the idea of girls riding. But now everyone can see what a strong women's team we have. We can do everything that male riders do."