Shell’s graduate programme is an intensive development framework that focuses on personal and professional development. It provides a consistent and global standard for early career development and assessment of graduates. The programme is designed to provide the right mix of on-the- job learning and formal, structured learning with the eventual aim of creating highly competent and professional employees.

The effectiveness of the programme is evident in the example of one of our last year’s recruits, Amir Al Maharbi, who joined the programme last year and is now working in Brunei Shell Petroleum as a Mechanical Static Engineer working with a multi-national team. Speaking about his experience with the programme so far, Amir said: “Shell’s graduate programme presented me with a unique opportunity to stretch and challenge myself. I was able to experience working on projects outside my field of expertise, interact regularly with senior management, as well as getting the opportunity to work abroad and broaden my knowledge even further. Overall, it has been a rich experience that helped me get a flavor of the challenges that leaders face, and allowed me to better understand my strengths and areas for further development.”

Chris Breeze, Shell’s Country Chairman in Oman, highlighting Shell’s committed approach at the induction week of the three new recruits, said that  “we at Shell are committed to developing Omani talent. External benchmarking shows that Shell’s graduate development programme is industry leading, providing challenging experiences to sharpen leadership skills and accelerate development, making graduates independent, mature professionals as fast as possible”. He also added that “the Omanis currently on the Shell graduate programme have variously worked in Shell and its associated ventures in Oman, Brunei, Qatar and the Netherlands. The aim of the programme is to develop a cadre of Omanis who will lead the delivery and operation of Shell’s current and future projects in Oman and abroad. ”

The new recruits

Hawraa Al Lawati graduated recently from Waikato University in New Zealand with a degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering and has joined Shell Development Oman as a Production Technologist. Hawraa mentioned that she heard about Shell’s Graduate Development Programme through the Consulate General of the Sultanate of Oman – Australia and New Zealand.

Ahmad Al Alawi graduated from Higher College of Technology in Muscat with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Ahmad stated: “Taking part in this programme is going to provide me with a great experience. I am looking forward to learning more about the industry, meeting people from different cultures and professional backgrounds and learning from them along the way. I heard about this opportunity from a friend and I’m so glad I managed to enroll in it successfully.”

Atif Al Harthy graduated from Pennsylvania State University in the United States with a degree in Civil Engineering. Atif said: “I expect this programme to be a great stepping stone into my Engineering career. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn new things and gain new skills, especially under the guidance of well experienced staff. I thought of applying to Shell when I saw an advertisement about Shell’s Eco-marathon competition at my university. I immediately browsed Shell’s website and found the job openings.”

Both Ahmed and Atif have joined Shell Development Oman as Reliability Engineers.

For media enquiries:

Ms. Salima Al-Masroori

Media Relations Manager, Shell Development Oman



Notes to Editors:


Shell is active in Oman across the oil and gas industry and is involved in joint venture and independent activities ranging from research and development, exploration and production to trading and retail. Shell also implements extensive social investment programmes that contribute to the sustainable development of the country.

Shell Development Oman LLC provides a central point for co-ordination of all Shell activities and interests in the Sultanate of Oman.

A dedicated Shell Representative office was established in 2002, creating for the first time in Oman a Shell identity independent from the different joint venture companies in which Shell has been proud to participate over many years.

Led by the Shell County Chairman for Oman, the Representative Office undertook the dual role of representing Shell and acted as a long-standing corporate citizen of the Sultanate by providing a conduit for a broad range of social investment schemes, including the successful Intilaaqah programme.

The broad range of activities undertaken by the office from social investment through to learning and technology sharing continually grew and to enable Shell to further expand its efforts to support the development objectives of the Sultanate, the Representative Office was transitioned to a limited liability company on 1 March 2008.  This change continues to show our long-term commitment to the sustainable development of Oman.

Shell Development Oman LLC continues the dual role of representing Shell and contributing to the sustainable development of Oman (as the previous Representative Office did).

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 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 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 may affect future results are contained in Royal Dutch Shell’s 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2015 (available at and ). 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 12 April 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