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Dr. Mohammed Al Barwani receives Global Omani of the year Award

Dr. Mohammed Al Barwani, Chairman of MB Holding group of companies received the AIWA Global Omani of the year Award at the AIWA awards for excellence held at the Hotel Shangri-la recently. The Award was presented by His Highness Sayyid Tarik bin Shabib Al Said, Director of the Renaissance group. MB Holding group of companies was founded in 1982 by Dr. Barwani in Muscat, Oman. The group who entered their 30th year of operations in 2011 is now a successful multinational group of companies with businesses across drilling and oil field services, exploration and production, mining & minerals, investments, manufacturing and trading. It employs more 6.500 employees across more than 20 countries uniquely creating an Omani multinational group excelling across the globe.

Dr. Mohammed Al-Barwani, in his success journey, has done very little by the book. In a surprising move, after studying microbiology, he opted for a job with Petroleum Development Oman in 1976 and when everything was going smoothly for him, he opted out of the secure job at PDO in 1986 to run his own business on a full time basis. Another example of doing things differently is his passion to develop and nurture local talent in every country of operation. Across the MB group he has laid emphasis on localization across the more than 20 countries the group is present in.

Unlike many Omani companies that have been content with operations in the Sultanate alone, he went out of Oman to enter uncharted territories despite the threat of cut-throat competition. Though he faltered at times, today he stands tall as the proud chairman of MB Holding Company LLC that has interests primarily in the oil & gas and mining besides investments in companies engaged in different industry segments in Oman and abroad.
On receiving the Award Dr. Barwani mentioned: “Receiving this Award is both a privilege and an honor. It reaffirms the conviction I had in myself 30 years ago, when I took the decision to branch out on my own. My heart brims with pride when our group of companies crosses even the smallest of milestones internationally, because then not only do I feel like a good businessman, but importantly also stand as a good ambassador of my country. I would surely like to build the MB Group further towards a wider global presence growing in every market and developing our nation’s economy.”

Dr. Barwani who holds a master’s degree in Petroleum engineering, has also recently been conferred an honorary doctorate by the Herriot Watt University, UK. The 4 main companies under the MB Holding umbrella are MB Petroleum Services (Drilling and Oilfield services), Petrogas (Exploration & Production), Mawarid Mining (Mining & Exploration) and United Engineering Services (Manufacturing and Trading).


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