Two people signing on the documents

4 September 2016 – MUSCAT, Oman - Following its fifth Gift to The Nation announcement earlier this year, Shell launched the revamped Shell Intilaaqah programme in Oman at the Public Authority for Small and Medium Enterprise Development (Riyada). The launch ceremony was held at the headquarters of Riyada and was attended by His Excellency Dr. Hamoud bin Khalfan Al Harthy, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education for Education and Curricula and Riyada board member. The launch was also attended by top executives from relevant public and private sector organisations and top executives from Shell and Riyada.

The launch programme included signing a ground-breaking collaboration agreement between Shell Intilaaqah and Riyada to better support young Omani entrepreneurs in various areas; including training, mentoring and counselling. The agreement was signed by Khalifa bin Said Al Abri, Riyada CEO, and Chris Breeze, Shell’s Country Chairman in Oman.

Based on this agreement, both parties will collaborate to provide training programmes in addition to providing mentoring and counselling services to the Omani entrepreneurs and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) who are between the age of 20 and 55 years old, by supporting them in starting their own business and helping them in their growth and development.

Inaguration

Commenting on this agreement, Khalifa bin Said Al Abri, Riyada CEO stated, "We would like to thank Shell for this national initiative and the true partnership with Riyada through this programme, which will contribute to achieving the goals of Riyada in cultivating the culture of entrepreneurship and the support and development of SMEs in terms of training and development, especially in the foundational stages of the creation of their ventures", adding that, “True partnership with the private sector contributes to achieving Riyada’s ultimate goal, which is supporting entrepreneurs in taking leadership in starting and operating their own businesses, and also in excelling at managing, developing and strengthening Riyada’s competencies so we can add value to Oman’s national economy.”

Chris Breeze, Shell’s Country Chariman in Oman stated, “I am delighted to see Shell Intilaaqah in collaboration with a strategic partner like Riyada. Intilaaqah was launched in 1995 in response to Oman’s 2020 vision in line with Shell’s commitment to enterprise development and support in the Sultanate, and we are honoured to work with Riyada on achieving this”, adding that, “Shell Intilaaqah will provide world class training conducted by Omani trainers and experts who will be familiar with the local business environment. This initiative will also support the Omani entrepreneurs who successfully develop businesses through the programme by linking them with potential funding opportunities and other strategic partners.”

The revamped Shell Intilaaqah programme will offer young Omanis a range of enterprise development training programmes, focused training sessions on special business topics, and diagnostic workshops for struggling businesses. In addition, Shell Intilaaqah will also introduce a world-class award scheme for business start-ups to foster and encourage an innovation culture in the SME sector across Oman.

For Media enquiries:

Mr. Nureddin Wefati
Head of Media Relations for Middle East & North Africa
Shell EP International
Tel: +97147055347
Cell: +971562162409
Nureddin.Wefati@Shell.com


Mr. Ali Khan

Spokesperson Middle East & North Africa
Shell EP International Ltd
Tel:  +971 4 405 4563
Cell: +971 501 897 480
Ali-nasir.khan@shell.com

Cautionary Note

The companies in which Royal Dutch Shell plc directly and indirectly owns investments are separate legal entities. In this press release “Shell”, “Shell group” and “Royal Dutch Shell” are sometimes used for convenience where references are made to Royal Dutch Shell plc and its subsidiaries in general. Likewise, the words “we”, “us” and “our” are also used to refer to subsidiaries in general or to those who work for them. These expressions are also used where no useful purpose is served by identifying the particular company or companies. ‘‘Subsidiaries’’, “Shell subsidiaries” and “Shell companies” as used in this press release refer to companies over which Royal Dutch Shell plc  either directly or indirectly has control. Entities and unincorporated arrangements over which Shell has joint control are generally referred to “joint ventures” and “joint operations” respectively.  Entities over which Shell has significant influence but neither control nor joint control are referred to as “associates”. The term “Shell interest” is used for convenience to indicate the direct and/or indirect ownership interest held by Shell in a venture, partnership or company, after exclusion of all third-party interest.

This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning the financial condition, results of operations and businesses of Royal Dutch Shell. All statements other than statements of historical fact are, or may be deemed to be, forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements of future expectations that are based on management’s current expectations and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied in these statements. Forward-looking statements include, among other things, statements concerning the potential exposure of Royal Dutch Shell to market risks and statements expressing management’s expectations, beliefs, estimates, forecasts, projections and assumptions. These forward-looking statements are identified by their use of terms and phrases such as ‘‘anticipate’’, ‘‘believe’’, ‘‘could’’, ‘‘estimate’’, ‘‘expect’’, ‘‘goals’’, ‘‘intend’’, ‘‘may’’, ‘‘objectives’’, ‘‘outlook’’, ‘‘plan’’, ‘‘probably’’, ‘‘project’’, ‘‘risks’’, “schedule”, ‘‘seek’’, ‘‘should’’, ‘‘target’’, ‘‘will’’ and similar terms and phrases. There are a number of factors that could affect the future operations of Royal Dutch Shell and could cause those results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements included in this press release, including (without limitation): (a) price fluctuations in crude oil and natural gas; (b) changes in demand for Shell’s are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements contained or referred to in this section. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Additional risk factors that products; (c) currency fluctuations; (d) drilling and production results; (e) reserves estimates; (f) loss of market share and industry competition; (g) environmental and physical risks; (h) risks associated with the identification of suitable potential acquisition properties and targets, and successful negotiation and completion of such transactions; (i) the risk of doing business in developing countries and countries subject to international sanctions; (j) legislative, fiscal and regulatory developments including regulatory measures addressing climate change; (k) economic and financial market conditions in various countries and regions; (l) political risks, including the risks of expropriation and renegotiation of the terms of contracts with governmental entities, delays or advancements in the approval of projects and delays in the reimbursement for shared costs; and (m) changes in trading conditions. All forward-looking statements contained in this press release may affect future results are contained in Royal Dutch Shell’s 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2015 (available at www.shell.com/investor and www.sec.gov ). These risk factors also expressly qualify all forward looking statements contained in this press release and should be considered by the reader.  Each forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date of this press release, 4 September 2016. Neither Royal Dutch Shell plc nor any of its subsidiaries undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or other information. In light of these risks, results could differ materially from those stated, implied or inferred from the forward-looking statements contained in this press release.

We may have used certain terms, such as resources, in this press release that United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) strictly prohibits us from including in our filings with the SEC. U.S. Investors are urged to consider closely the disclosure in our Form 20-F, File No 1-32575, available on the SEC website www.sec.gov.