The seaport hosted about 100 magnificent sailboats from 19 countries including Austria, Oman, Brazil, The Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Russia, etc.
President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskait, after speaking to the crowds of spectators and crews, toured Shabab Oman II, stated a press release.
President Dalia was briefed that Shabab Oman II is not only focused on investing in young people and building their skills and capacity, but also carrying a message of friendship, tolerance and hospitality around the world.
The importance of Shabab Oman II goes beyond her role as a training ship for the Royal Navy of Oman; it is a roving ambassador for the Sultanate of Oman. Upon leaving the vessel the President of Lithuania in a visitor’s book wrote ‘perfect representation of your country around the world’.
Shabab Oman II being anchored in Klaipeda hosted more than 30,000 people. She brought outstanding examples of Omani heritage and tradition: Photography, hand painting, unique frankincense, traditional music, Omani food flavours and many more. But most important, says Boleta Senkiene, honorary consul of Oman in Lithuania, is the hospitality and smiling faces of the crew. “The warm welcome that had been given by Omani crew to the visitors is a true treasure in this changing world. I am truly delighted to tell the impressions not only of Lithuanians but everyone who has visited Shabab Oman II. The atmosphere and warmth received is unforgettable.”
People in Lithuania have been impressed by old and new, traditional and modern - Shabab Oman II is a true display of Oman’s maritime culture.
Not only does Shabab Oman II carry forward the work of her predecessor Shabab Oman, but she also gives new expression to Oman’s long and distinguished maritime heritage.
Shabab Oman II left Lithuania bringing Oman at least a little closer to many Lithuanians who still consider the country somewhat exotic.