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Order of British Empire for Muscat resident

Well-known Oman-based British businesswoman Maggie Jeans has been awarded an Order of British Empire in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours List for services to Anglo-Omani relations.



Maggie, partner and director of Al Manahil International LLC, a company she established in 1996 that specialises in supplying books and educational materials to the Oman Government and private sector, is a long-term resident of the Sultanate.

The 63 year old moved to Oman in 1990 with her husband, Professor Bill Dampier Jeans, who helped to set up the Radiology Department at Sultan Qaboos University.

Maggie, who had been teaching English and drama in the UK, went on to work at the university as an education officer at the College of Medicine, where she set up the Overseas Elective Programme for medical students among other things.  Many of their former Omani students are now heading up departments in hospitals around the Sultanate.

Today, Maggie is a prominent figure in Muscat running the British Business Forum (BBF), a networking group, which aims to promote UK-Oman business links. She also dedicates herself to working with the capital’s diplomatic community supporting successive ambassadors from Britain.

An Order of the British Empire (OBE) is presented to individuals who have played a major role in business, charity or the public sector.

Maggie said that her honour was a recognition that belonged to the Oman community

“Muscat is a very supportive and special place,” she said. “I am delighted to receive this award on behalf of a whole host of people and I am determined to work to reinforce the special relationship that already exists between the Sultanate of Oman and the UK. An honour of this sort comes with obligations to put it to work for the common good, which I fully intend to do.

“I would also like to acknowledge the support of my late husband, Bill, in everything I have done, who sadly died in November last year.”

Maggie will travel to the UK to receive her OBE from Queen Elizabeth or another member of the Royal Family at an investiture ceremony.