Friday, November 4, 2011


Thank you to all CALA alumni and friends! It was a joyous weekend as we celebrated the 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50th anniversary classes, and paid a special tribute to the classes of '90 and '92. Once again, Homecoming weekend was a great opportunity to celebrate our CALA Community and the University of Arizona. We hope you can join us next year!

Honoring CALA Alumnus of the Year
H.E Eng. Sultan Hamdoon Al Harthi

Sultan Hamdoon Al Harthi is the Mayor of Muscat and Head of the Sohar Development Office. In charge of all municipality functions within both the capital city of Muscat and Oman's leading industrial town of Sohar, he is also responsible for enhancing the urban surroundings and is currently spearheading a pioneering series of architectural projects to create modern, contemporary spaces that will position Muscat as a city for people.

In addition, Sultan is the Chairman of a number of local businesses including the Oman Telecommunications Company and Oman Mobile; a premier property development project, The Wave, Muscat; and Muscat's wastewater management company, Haya Water and Oman's solid waste management company, Oman Environmental Services Holding Co.

He is also responsible for the annual Muscat Heritage and Cultural Festival, which includes the Tour of Oman, a six-day competition that sees one hundred and thirty of the world's greatest road cyclists race across the Sultanate each February and Muscat Fashion Week, the first major showcase of Arabic fashion worldwide.

His previous roles include Director General of Town Planning and Survey in the Ministry of Housing, the Undersecretary for Heritage Affairs at the Ministry of Heritage and Culture and Secretary General of the National Tender Board.

He is currently ranked 255 in Power 500 – The World's Most Influential Arabs by Arabian Business Magazine.