About Noor Majan

About the Team

Sultan Al Farsi

Institute Director

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Hussein Al Farsi

Language Director

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Dr. Saif Al Azri

Arabic Instructor

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Yusuf Al Jasasi

Arabic Instructor

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Ibtisam Al Maqbali
After completing her Bachelor’s degree, Ibtisam followed her passion: the teaching of the Arabic language. She gained an additional teaching qualification and has been teaching with Noor Majan Training Institute since 2013. Students love her witty and creative ways of explaining new words through her outstanding drawing talent. She keeps classes lively and engaging and has been involved in developing NMTI’s media and dialect curriculum. Ibitsam is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language at Nizwa University.
Rehab Al Farsi
Rehab joined Noor Majan in 2017, after finishing her degree in Arabic language and literature and work experience as lector and teacher. After a thorough training on the specifics of teaching Arabic as a foreign language she’s a valuable addition to our team.
Noha Al Balushi
Noha joined us in 2018 and is enthusiastic about teaching conversation. She’s especially engaging during the media lessons where she thoroughly enjoys discussions and debates. Noha is open to discuss even controversial topics and is ready to give you an insight into Omani culture and way of thinking. She’s currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language at Nizwa University.

Mohammed Al Shueli

Administrative Assistant

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Omar Ali

Public Relations

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Iman Al Muqbali & Mohammed Al Riyami
Iman and Mohammed are the face of Noor Majan, you meet them daily at the reception. The reception is staffed daily from Sundays to Wednesdays from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm and on Thursdays from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. Both Iman and Mohammed can help you out with advice about things to do and see in Ibri and on how to get there.

Mohammed Taher

Grounds Keeper

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Saif Al Maawali

Institute Director – Muscat

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Mohammed Al Maawali

Administrative Staff

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Oliver Allan

Administrative Staff

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Asma Al Shukeili
Asma holds a bachelor’s degree in Arabic literature from the University of Qatar and has several years of experience in the field of TAFL at different language institutes in Muscat. She joined us since the opening of our Muscat branch in early 2018 and has since been a very lively and outgoing teacher that shares her interest in different media with her students and doesn’t hesitate to discuss all topics that interest them.
Neama Al Bahloli
After her undergraduate studies in Islamic civilization and Arabic language, Neama moved on to receive a Master’s degree in Arabic literature from Nizwa university. She completed several years in a Muscat private school before transferring to the field of adult education in Arabic as a foreign language. Her passion for this profession has brought her to Noor Majan.
Fatima Al Bahloli
Fatima holds a bachelor’s degree in Arabic literature from the College of Arabic and Islamic Studies in Dubai, and a master’s degree in modern literature from the University of Nizwa. She has extensive experience in teaching Arabic to both native speakers and international students and joined us in 2018.
Shifa Al Amri
Shifa brings to Noor Majan her passion for public speaking, broadcasting and an interest in researching social issues. She’s currently finalizing her thesis to obtain a master’s degree in TAFL and has joined our institute in mid-2019.
Al Khansa Al Rawahi
Al Khansa comes from a background of translation studies at Sultan Qaboos University but started her career in teaching Arabic as a foreign language after her graduation where she has gained experience since 2016 in different language schools. Since early 2019 Al Khansa has been a valuable addition to Noor Majan Muscat’s faculty.
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Partnerships & Professional Affiliations

Noor Majan is committed to building partnerships with similar educational institutions with the goal of mutual capacity building and increased professionalism in the field of international education. Which is why Noor Majan is a member of the Forum on Education Abroad and has developed collaborative partnerships with the Arab American Language Institute in Morocco (AALIM) and the Al Amana Centre in Muscat, Oman. In addition to these partnerships, Noor Majan is honored to be a host institution for the U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program.

Al Amana Centre & Noor Majan

Who is the Al Amana Centre?

Located near the historic Mutrah Souq in Muscat, Al Amana Centre has been an integral part of Oman’s modern developmental history, and is now at the forefront of Christian-Muslim dialogue and relations. Al Amana Centre’s work is rooted in a legacy of over 120 years of interfaith cooperation. In 1893, members of the Reformed Church in America (RCA), with the blessing of Sultan Qaboos, arrived in Muscat to serve the people of Oman. With the help of Omanis, the RCA began a program of medical and educational development. Following the nationalization of Oman’s medical and educational sectors in the 1970s, a new vision emerged in response to the challenges of a world in which tensions between Christians and Muslims were on the rise. The Reformed Church in America encouraged the creation of an ecumenical center to work on building bridges of understanding and cooperation between Muslims and Christians. Al Amana was created out of this idea and now works with religious, educational, civic, and government leaders of Oman to develop programs in Christian-Muslim dialogue and relations.

Collaboration: Noor Majan & Al Amana Center

Al Amana Centre and Noor Majan believe that increased engagement through language and culture leads to mutual understanding and respect. This belief allowed the two organizations to collaborate and form a unique program focused on intensive language studies and inter-faith dialogue .

Students participating in this program through the Al Amana Centre take six weeks of an intensive Arabic language course at Noor Majan in Ibri and then move on to Muscat for the rest of the semester, focusing on Muslim-Christian relations. The six-week Arabic intensive course is necessary to give students the confidence and ability to effectively engage in interfaith dialogue, and it provides a strong cultural background. The stark contrasts of Ibri and Muscat also gives students a unique insight to the diversity of Oman and its people.

Noor Majan is honored to have partnered with Al Amana Centre in this regard, and is committed to fostering understanding through education and language.
For more information on this program and the Al Amana Centre please visit www.alamanacentre.org.

Noor Majan and AALIM: The Rihla Program

The geographical immensity of the Arabic speaking world poses challenges for students who wish to gain sufficient exposure to various dialects of Arabic and the cultural diversity of the Arab world. To address this , Noor Majan and the Arab-American Language Institute in Morocco (AALIM) teamed up to provide students the opportunity to study in both Oman and Morocco under one program, the Rihla program, named after the Arabic word for “journey”.

“Rihla” was also chosen as a name for this program in honor of Ibn Battuta’s seminal travel report “Al-Rihla” because he set out from Morocco and reached Oman as the most eastward point of the Arabic-speaking world, before continuing to India and China.

Inquiries for the Omani portion of the program should be addressed to
Noor Majan Training Institute
info[.@.]noormajan-institute.com

Inquiries for the Moroccan portion of the program should be addressed to
Anne Marie Skye, AALIM Executive Office
Aalimorocco[.@.]yahoo.com

-Photos featured ( Maggie Dene, 2017 Rihla Summer Program Participant- College of William and Mary)

Noor Majan and the Critical Language Scholarship Program

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What is the Critical Language Scholarship Program?

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning. The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State.

Since 2014, Noor Majan has had the honor of being a host institution for the CLS Program. We would like to publically thank American Councils for International Education and the CLS program team for their continued support and commitment to capacity building in Oman.

Video of Capacity Building in Oman and Morocco

Critical Language Scholarship Summer, 2017 Participants

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Commitment to Professionalism in Education Abroad

Noor Majan is a proud member of the Forum on Education Abroad. Our membership to the Forum enables us to actively professionalize our institute, under the guidance of the Forum’s Standards of Good Practice. Noor Majan is committed in following and implementing these best practices.

For more information about the Forum on Education Abroad please click here:

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Ibri Campus

Ibri is part of the Dhahira region in Oman and is also one of the sites of the country’s earliest human habitation. Today, Ibri has a population of over 100,000 and is also the regional capital. Ibri has long been a strategic crossroad between Oman and the other Gulf states as it lies in almost equal distance to Muscat, Dubai and Abu Dhabi (between 220 and 330 km). As well as between Nizwa in the Omani interior and Sohar on the Omani Gulf coast (both less than two hours drive from Ibri). Given its strategic location, Ibri has a long history as a trade route for caravans, hence its name which means “point of transit.”

Due to its proximity to the world’s largest sand desert, appropriately named the “Empty Quarter,” Ibri has a desert climate with low humidity. During the winter months from November through March, Ibri enjoys relatively cool weather with temperatures ranging between 18 and 30 degree Celsius (low 60s to mid-80s, Fahrenheit), which at times can even drop to a relatively ‘chilly’ 10 degrees. There might be some rainfall in February and March, however, during the season when the dates are harvested, from May to September, temperatures can reach 30 to 50 degrees with very little rainfall, thus almost everywhere you go you will find air conditioning.

Ibri boasts many historical sites, most prominent among them is the 400-year old Ibri fort and its famous gates are known as “Sabahat,” located right beside the well-preserved old suq of Ibri. Inside the fort, there is an old mosque which is still in use today. Amongst the most prominent archaeological sites in and near Ibri is the UNESCO World Heritage site of Bat with its pre historic beehive tombs.

Ibri’s souq is one of the largest and most prominent souqs both for the Dhahira region and historically for Oman; it once served as an important hub for the trading caravans of the past. Today it is still lively and animated throughout the week with local produce, ready-made goods and livestock being bought and sold daily; while also surrounded by some beautiful, traditional Arabic-Islamic architecture.

Please note that Oman is a conservative society where the consumption of alcohol, smoking in public, dating, immodest dress and behavior, and excessive contact between the genders are not socially acceptable. Thus, we recommend and advise that students respect Oman’s cultural norms to have a successful study at Noor Majan.

Program Dates and Prices

**A contact hour at Noor Majan is 50 min

Note 1: Periods of stay can be booked flexibly for a minimum of 2 weeks or longer. We also offer semester courses, academic year programs, intensive summer courses, and J-term courses at special conditions, please contact us for details and prices.
Note 2: Tuition fees start at 150 OMR/week (approx. 390 $), accompanying services such as accommodation and excursions need to be booked as a package.
Note 3: The institute will close on official public holidays. As these are only announced by the government shortly before the specific holiday we can only give approximate dates here. Classes on these days will be cancelled and replaced by additional cultural activities on a regular working day.
Note 4: Please contact us directly for inquiries about private tuition, dialect instruction, customized programs and group discounts.

calendar 2019
Code Start date End date Notes
Southern Hemisphere semester 24.11.2019 27.02.2020 18th Nov – National day
holidays (two days)
“22nd – 26th Dec” end of year break
“26th Jan – 30th Jan” winter break
calendar 2020
Code Start date End date Notes
Winter course 29.12.2019 23.01.2020
Spring semester 26.01.2020 30.04.2020 Al Isra wa Almiraj
holiday (one day)
Pre-summer course 03.05.2020 21.05.2020
Summer course I 31.05.2020 23.07.2020
Summer course II 09.08.2020 03.09.2020 Al Hijra holiday
(one day)
Fall semester 06.09.2020 10.12.2020 Al Mawlid holiday
(one day)
Southern Hemisphere semester 29.11.2020 04.03.2021 18th Nov – National day
holidays (two days)
calendar 2021
Code Start date End date Notes
Winter course 27.12.2020 21.01.2021
Spring semester 24.01.2021 29.04.2021 Al Isra wa Almiraj
holiday (one day)
Pre-summer course 02.05.2021 03.06.2021
Summer course I 06.06.2021 15.07.2021
Summer course II 25.07.2021 02.09.2021 Al Hijra holiday
(one day)
Fall semester 05.09.2021 09.12.2021 Al Mawlid holiday
(one day)
Southern Hemisphere semester 28.11.2021 03.03.2022 18th Nov – National day
holidays (two days)

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Our Passion is your Education

Since 2012 Noor Majan has been tirelessly evaluating its programs to meet the linguistic and cultural goals of its students. Noor Majan brings together years of experience in teaching Arabic as a foreign language and cultural education. We believe in providing a rigorous education while fostering the ideal environment for cultural learning.

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History of Majan

Ibri sits at a crossroads of civilizations; it is here where the ancient society of Majan emerged and flourished. It is here where the legacy of Majan lives through our institute and our work.
We are proud to have established our institute at this historic intersection of cultures and history, which is why we call ourselves Noor Majan. A name which reflects the dual identity of Oman: “Noor” or light in Arabic, symbolic of the knowledge and wisdom that was born out of the Arab/Islamic influence brought to the ancient land of Majan.

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