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More than 3,000 SMEs registered in Oman till the end of July


Muscat: The total number of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) registered with the Public Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises Development (Riyada) at the end of July 2019 was 3,037, which is a drop by 14.4% compared to the same period of 2018, according to the data released by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI). Among the governorates, ... Read More »

IDO Investments facilitates visit from Buck Institute


Muscat: Innovation Development Oman (IDO Investments), the Sultanate’s first equity-based venture capital firm, is hosting a visit from the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing. IDO, a subsidiary of SGRF, is the first equity-based venture capital firm in the sultanate and focuses on investments in Healthcare & Lifesciences, Energy, Agriculture & Food and related technologies. The Buck Institute is the ... Read More »

Sri Lankan import of Omani goods rises by $25 million


Muscat: Sri Lankan import of Omani goods rose by nearly $25 million between 2017 and 2018, the country’s ambassador to the Sultanate said. With both countries looking to set up stronger economic ties, Omani exports to Sri Lanka crossed the $100 million mark and reached $100.7 million in 2018. Commenting on the volume of trade between the Sultanate and his ... Read More »

Oman’s August Oil output crosses 30mn Barrels Mark

Oil pumps in operation at an oilfield near central Los Angeles on February 02, 2011.  World oil prices recently rallied close to $100 per barrel, as traders absorbed impressive fourth-quarter US economic growth and fretted over worsening political turmoil in Egypt. Most other commodity markets also won support this week from news that the US economic recovery picked up speed in the last three months of 2010, stoking hopes of strengthening demand for raw materials. The US economy grew at its fastest clip in five years in 2010, the Commerce Department reported, as the country bounced back from recession and fears of a double-dip recession ebbed.                                        AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Oman produced 30.08mn barrels of crude oil and condensate during August 2019, recording a daily average production of 970,305 barrels, according to the monthly report published by the Ministry of Oil and Gas. The sultanate’s total oil exports reached to 29.74mn barrels in August this year, with a daily average export quantity of 959,406 barrels, the figures showed. A sharp ... Read More »

Global traders shorting US Dollar, emerging European economies could benefit


Traders are continuing to short the dollar despite the indications of a rapprochement between the United States and China in their trade dispute. This conflict over trade has had protracted consequences for economies and traders worldwide, but investors now appear to have settled into a pattern of betting against the US dollar. The Federal Reserve’s commitment to cutting interest rates ... Read More »

GFH records $49.1mn profit for the first half of 2019


Manama: GFH Financial Group (GFH) announced its results for the first six months of 2019 ended 30 June 2019. For the period, the group reported a 21.9% increase in revenues, which reached $163.5 million compared with $134.1 million in the first half of 2018. For the second quarter of 2019, revenues rose 34.4% to $92.9 million versus $69.1 million in ... Read More »

Oman’s foreign assets increase by nearly a billion rials


Muscat: Oman’s net foreign assets increased by close to one billion rials in 2018, thanks to an upswing in petroleum prices and a greater volume of goods exported from the Sultanate. The Central Bank of Oman said in its 2018 annual report that the country’s net foreign assets, which are jointly owned by the CBO and the State General Reserve ... Read More »

Bank Nizwa participates in Malaysia industry event


Muscat: Bank Nizwa, represented by two of its Board Members, Sami Al Dhugishi and Ishaq Al Maouli along with Chief Executive Officer, Khalid Al Kayed, participated in the 2nd Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB) Executive Programme meeting recently held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Themed ‘Implementing Effective Stress Testing and Financial Safety Nets for Islamic Banks: Governance and Regulatory Compliance,’ the ... Read More »

Oman oil price rises $1.50 for September delivery


Muscat: Oman oil price for September delivery has reached $65.28, a hike of $1.50, according to the Dubai Mercantile Exchange (DME). In a statement, the DME said that the price of oil rose by $1.50 on Wednesday price which was $63.78. The average price of Omani oil for August delivery stabilised at $61.72, which is $8.27 (per barrel) lower than ... Read More »

Oman’s exports rise to OMR11.9bn


Muscat: Oman’s exports increased to OMR11.9 billion until the end of September 2018 compared to the same period in 2017, which amounted to OMR9.13 billion, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) said in its latest report. The total exports of Omani origin products increased to about OMR2.95 billion at the end of September 2018 compared to the same period ... Read More »

Oman’s share index closes lower marginally


Muscat: MSM30 index closed at 3,793.90 points, down 0.38 per cent. The Sharia Index also closed down by 0.44 per cent at 531.24 points. Ahli Bank Perpetual Bonds, up 2.80 per cent, was the top gainer while Muscat Finance, down 4.69 per cent was the top loser. Bank Dhofar was the most active in terms of volume as well as ... Read More »

Digital initiatives can add $124mn in additional revenue of firms


Muscat: A new survey shows enterprises in the Middle East can add $124 million in additional revenue annually through the use of digital initiatives. There are big benefits to be had from the deployment of digital initiatives as organisations on average attribute $124 million additional revenue [per company] to these annually. However, these findings shine a light on the global ... Read More »

Oman’s share index closes higher marginally


Muscat: The MSM30 Index ended higher at 3,954.74 points, up by 0.33 per cent. The Sharia Index also followed suit, closing higher by 0.28 per cent at 540.11 points. Galfar Engineering was the most active in terms of traded volume while as well as turnover. Al Anwar Ceramics up 3.96 per cent, was the top gainer during the session while ... Read More »

KEC signs two land lease agreements


Muscat: Khazaen Economic City (KEC) (the main developer of the first integrated economic city in the north of the Sultanate) signed the two usufruct (land lease) agreements for foreign investors to set up two industrial projects in the industrial zone in Khazaen Economic City. Khalid bin Awad Al Balushi, CEO of KEC, and the general managers of the owners of ... Read More »

Raysut Cement acquires Sohar Cement for $60mn


Muscat: Following a letter of intent it signed early this year with Sohar Cement Factory’s shareholders, Oman’s largest cement manufacturer and one of the Gulf’s largest, Raysut Cement Company on Sunday announced the complete acquisition of Sohar Cement Factory at a value of US$60 million. In a statement, the Muscat Securities Market-listed Raysut said that it has purchased all of ... Read More »

UK firm said to plan $440m algae farm in Oman


A UK-based firm is reportedly planning to develop one of the world’s largest algae farms in Oman. London-headquartered Feed Algae aims to invest OR167.5 million ($440 million) to build the project in the Sharqiyah Governorate of the sultanate, reported the Oman Observer. It said the mega algae cultivation project will be capable of producing 100,000 tonnes of algae per annum, ... Read More »

Oman Fisheries Posts Losses Due To Illegal Fishing, Export Restrictions


Illegal fishing by foreign fishermen, lower global demand from key markets and some export restrictions adversely impacted Oman Fisheries Co’s profitability in the first quarter of this year. Oman Fisheries reported a net loss of RO782,554 for the quarter ended March 31, 2019 as against a net profit of RO65,246 in the corresponding period of last year, according to the ... Read More »

Omani jailed for exploiting 4,000 expat workers


A business owner has been fined nearly OMR 140,000 and sentenced to three years in prison for violating Omani labour laws. The Ministry of Manpower said that the suspect let his employee work for others illegally. “The Court of First Instance in Salalah issued a judgement sentencing a citizen to three years in prison and a fine of OMR 139,000 ... Read More »

Oman’s share index ends lower


Muscat: Muscat Securities Market (MSM) 30 Index on Wednesday lost 26.16 points, comprising a decline by 0.67 per cent to close the session at 3,874.97 points, compared to the last session, where the index closed stood at 3,901.13 points. The trading value stood at OMR922,785, comprising a decline by 40.7 per cent, compared to the last session, where it stood ... Read More »

Oman Cables unveils new logo; seminar focuses on fire survival cables

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Oman Cables Industry (OCI), a Prysmian Group company and Electro Trade Company (ETC), its strategic distributor in the region, recently held a customer meet and technical seminar on fire survival cables and wires. ETC has a “long-term relationship and is a key and strategic distributor” for Oman Cables in Qatar. The seminar was held to introduce OCI’s new logo and ... Read More »