September 3-4, 2014 – Open Minds, a thought-leadership forum brought in leading international speakers at a two-day event on September 3 and 4 at the Oman Auditorium of Al Bustan Palace Hotel (a Ritz Carlton Hotel). These included award-winning author, Lord Jeffrey Archer, mountaineer Tom Whittaker; entrepreneur Sahar Hashemi; Satellady Candace Johnson and speed painter Brad Blaze; British singer Sami Yusuf; Lonely Planet founder, Tony Wheeler, beatboxer Tom Thum among others. The main Omani speakers were entrepreneur Mohamed Al Barwani and the scholar and success coach, Sheikh Khalfan Al Esry. The objective of Open Minds is to synergize, motivate and educate (SME) young Omani entrepreneurs and the corporate sector, in line with the national priorities of knowledge transfer and youth and entrepreneur motivation. The European band 2 Cellos performed at the Gala.