North Pole explorer Nabil Al Busaidi received a very warm reception from everyone at Nawras on his recent victorious return to Muscat. A ‘welcome back’ banner adorned the main Nawras building at Al Athaiba, home of the official telecommunications partner for this adventurous journey. Nawras employees were delighted to greet Al Busaidi known as ‘Nabs’ and saluted his fantastic achievement.
Oman’s customer friendly mobile communications provider is proud to have sponsored Nabs’ heroic effort which made history as he became the first Omani to reach the Magnetic North Pole. Nabs planted the Nawras flag in this remotest of locations symbolising the way Nawras reaches to the far corners of the world for customers through its extensive list of roaming partners.
It was an honour for Nawras to be chosen to reliably provide the all-important link for Nabs to communicate from the North Pole to the rest of the world. With Nawras, Nabs was able to report his progress on a daily basis and get closer to friends and family as well as the many other interested parties who were sharing the excitement of the expedition as it happened.
Nawras posted Nabs’ daily bulletin from the North Pole on the new BawaBaty web portal which all customers can access from their data enabled handsets or phones. Customers can continue to access BawaBaty today to read Nabs’ diary or select ringtones, news, sports and more by simply clicking on their WAP browser or entering wap.nawras.com.om
On his challenging journey from Resolute Bay to the North Pole, Nabs walked over 650 km, dragging 50 kilograms of equipment without any support from ski-doo or even dogs and sledges. Nabs fought polar bears, frostbite, large rubble fields and thin ice on his way to write history as the first Arab to walk to the Magnetic North Pole
Taking a victory tour of the Nawras building, Nabs was greeted with great enthusiasm and a barrage of questions from the appreciative audience. Listening to him recount the almost insurmountable odds he had battled against in his quest for the Pole, was a great inspiration for one and all. Some amusing anecdotes were shared too.
Nawras CEO Ross Cormack congratulated Nabs, saying, “Your adventure was certainly pleasingly different and we were delighted to have played our small part in your historic achievement. We were thrilled to see the Nawras flag planted at the North Pole and to know that throughout your incredible journey we were helping you to get closer to your friends and family.”
Nabs thanked Nawras for the support and for being the official telecommunications partner for his trip. He said, “I really appreciate the great enthusiasm of everyone at Nawras and I am so grateful that you provided me with the reliable means to communicate with the rest of the world during my expedition. With your help, the documentary film of my journey is now being completed, which will enable more people to see and appreciate the awe-inspiring wonders of the North Pole.”
This was not the first time that Nawras has been chosen for the provision of important communication requirements. Earlier this year, Nawras as part of the Qtel Group, was chosen to be the official telecommunications partner for another highly successful challenge in the form of the 19th Arabian Gulf Cup. On that occasion, Oman was also victorious and new records were created.
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