The Anglo-Omani Society is proud to partner and support the following organisations.


Biosphere Expeditions

Biosphere Expeditions is a non-profit wildlife volunteer organisation that runs conservation expeditions worldwide. Biosphere Expeditions has conducted valuable work within Oman into the status and conservation of the Arabian leopard as well as the study and protection of the coral reefs of the Musandam peninsula. The Anglo-Omani Society is proud to fund scholarship places for three Omani students and one UK expert from the Marine Conservation Society to participate in coral reef studies conducted by Biosphere Expeditions in the Musandam peninsula. These studies not only assess the health of the Musandam coral reefs but undertake pioneering research into the marine life of the area which helps to inform management and conservation programmes as well as providing local and international education.


British Exploring Society

Over the past three years British Exploring has organised expeditions to the Empty Quarter of Oman. British Exploring intends to continue to visit the Dhofar region with a two-month expedition in order to build on the body of scientific research already carried out there. British Exploring young explorers worked with the Office for Conservation of the Environment, Oman to carry out surveys of the critically endangered Arabian leopard in southwest Oman, an area under pressure from development and road construction, with the aim of reinforcing the need for conservation among local communities. The Anglo-Omani Society is proud to sponsor the partial costs of the Chief Scientist every year.



Connecting Cultures

The Anglo-Omani Society proudly supports Outward Bound Oman’s University of the Desert. The course is an intensive five day journey run by Oman Desert Expeditions which seeks to promote intercultural dialogue between young people from the Western and Arab world. This innovative project has been recognised by the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations as one of the world’s leading civil society initiatives and has been endorsed by UNESCO.


Durham University

Durham University's Department of Archaeology is the leading department for teaching and research on Arabian archaeology in the UK. The Anglo-Omani Society is proud to support the Department of Archaeology at Durham University in its archaeological survey of Rustaq and associated sites on the Batinah Coast of Oman. As one of the least explored areas of Oman, with the notable exception of sites like Suhar, the Batinah Coast offers an interesting area for archaeological exploration and the survey will allow many Durham University students to make their first visit to Oman.



Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman

The Anglo-Omani Society stands as the cultural, social and educational counterpart to the Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman. The two bodies work in close partnership to preserve the long-standing friendship between the UK and the Sultanate of Oman.



John Smith Memorial Trust

The John Smith Trust is a charitable organisation that seeks to promote good governance, social justice and the rule of law by nurturing a new generation of leaders committed to making a difference in their countries and societies.

The Trust runs a Middle East and Gulf Fellowship Programme twice a year which includes an extended residential programme in the UK where fellows attend focused workshops, relevant engagements, attachment visits and receive one-on-one mentoring to assist them in developing their Action Plans.

The Anglo-Omani Society has been welcoming the Omani fellows from the John Smith Fellowship Programme at our home in London for the past three years. We are proud to partner with the John Smith Trust and continue this relationship in the future.


Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum is not only a first-rate visitor attraction but also a leading science research centre. The museum uses its collections and scientific expertise to support ground-breaking projects worldwide with the aim of conserving the extraordinary richness and diversity of the natural world.

The Anglo-Omani Society is proud to have supported Natural History Museum Scientist Dr Andrew Polaszek’s involvement in an insect-collecting expedition to the Dhofar region of Oman in collaboration with Dr Michael Wilson and Dr David Agassiz. This excursion resulted in some remarkable finds, including a new species of moth and over 1000 insect specimens, marking a significant contribution to ongoing research in this field. The Anglo-Omani Society has more recently helped fund the training of two Omani students in morphological and molecular identification of Omani insects at the Natural History Museum, London and the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff. The Anglo-Omani Society looks forward to supporting future research into the insect life of Oman and state of the art training in the field for Omani students.


Nomads in Oman

Nomads in Oman is devoted to recording the lives of the Harasiis, one of six major nomadic pastoral tribes in Oman. This multi-faceted project incorporates anthropological study of the Harasiis and a rich photographic collection spanning from 1980 to 2013 with the provision of health, education, welfare, and veterinary services to these people. The project is run by Professor Dawn Chatty who has published a number of articles on the Harasiis and continues to work for the rights and interests of 'mobile' peoples all over the world. The Anglo-Omani Society is proud to have provided travel grants for three young researchers to accompany Professor Chatty on her research expeditions to visit the Harasiis in Oman, two in 2011 and one in 2012/2013. Professor Chatty has a long-standing association with the Anglo-Omani Society and the society looks forward to supporting her continued contributions to an understanding of the emerging transformations of life amongst inhabitants of the Omani desert.



Outward Bound Oman

Outward Bound was founded in the UK in 1941 and has since rapidly expanded across the world. Outward Bound Oman was launched in May 2009 by HE Yahya bin Saud Al Sulaimi with the intention of helping young people develop key life skills through challenging outdoor journeys. The Anglo-Omani Society is delighted to support Outward Bound Oman by funding instructor training for Omani nationals.



Royal Geographical Society

The Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) was founded in 1830 as the UK's learned society and professional body for geography. The society is a world leader in advancing geography and runs workshops for students as well as supporting practitioners all over the world. By the kind generosity of His Majesty Qaboos bin Said al Said, the Royal Geographical Society awards the Thesiger-Oman Fellowship, in tribute to the famous explorer Sir Wilfred Thesiger. The Fellowship, established in 2005, awards £8,000 to support geographical research by senior researchers into the physical or human dimensions of arid and semi-arid environments, including projects like reconstructing the Omani Nomadic Landscape.

The Anglo Omani Society’s New Generation Group is proud to partner the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). As a result of this partnership, NGG members were privy to a private viewing of an exhibition of Oman's Natural Heritage and were granted privileged access to an additional display of iconic archival, topographic and photographic material from the mid-15th century to the present day. The event also allowed NGG members to meet the exhibition's curator Mr Alexander Maitland, friend and biographer of Sir Wilfred Thesiger.