AMIDEAST/Oman Moves to New, Larger Facility

AMIDEAST’s staff in Muscat were excited to begin 2013 by moving into a large, modern facility in the city’s Airport Heights/Ghala section. The new headquarters for AMIDEAST’s operations in Oman, which opened in January 2013, features an EducationUSA library, a Cisco Entrepreneur Institute, a variety of classrooms and meeting spaces, a student lounge, and two computer labs, including one certified by U.S. testing company ETS for administration of the Internet-based TOEFL® exam.  It also offers ample space for visitor parking.

AMIDEAST has operated in Oman since 2007, when a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Oman’s Ministry of Education established AMIDEAST as the first permanent resident international NGO in the Sultanate. Following the renewal of the MOU last June, Omanis will continue be able to benefit for another five years from the full range of AMIDEAST programs and services, including opportunities for scholarships and educational exchanges and training in English language, professional skills, project management and entrepreneurship.

“We are very excited about this new chapter in AMIDEAST’s history in the Sultanate,” said Sarah Jackson, AMIDEAST/Oman Country Director. “Our new location will enable us to serve Omanis living and working in the ever-growing areas of Seeb, Al-Khoudh, Al Hail and other neighborhoods, and will position us in the middle of Muscat’s emerging new hub along with Ministries, banks and other commercial entities, educational institutions and the future convention center.”