Issue Number:196, March 2015

Oil prices won’t affect our growth

Vish Natrajan, chief executive officer, Oman Ceramics Co, speaks about the prospects of the construction industry in the GCC region in the backdrop of lower crude oil prices

We aim to set industry standards for car rentals in Oman

Paul Milne, regional operations director – Rental & Leasing, Al Futtaim Automotive Division, says the acquisition of Thrifty Oman will strengthen the company’s position as a strong investor in the country

Non-Banking Financial Companies perform well amid challenges

As categorised by the Central Bank of Oman, the country’s financial system constitutes of the banking sector and the non-banking financial sector which includes financing companies, exchange companies, securities companies and insurance companies.

A bank for the nation

After registering a strong performance in 2014, National Bank of Oman has embarked on a transformation agenda based on a five-year strategy to build on this growth

Refuelling the economy

Oman's non-oil sector is growing at a tremendous pace, but more needs to be donebefore the country can reduce its dependence on hydrocarbons 

A Healthy Trend

As organic foods and sustainable farming activities are gaining popularity across the world, the culture is catching up in Oman, albeit on a smaller scale 

Finding the right source of funding.

The great thing about being an entrepreneur today is the vast array of funding options available, in comparison to previous years. 

Happiness secrets from the ‘dismal science’

The quest for happiness is fundamental to human nature. Once considered a gift of the gods in Greek tragedy, happiness is today viewed as a right and an entitlement. 

A not to be messed opportunity

Falling oil prices and the Opec-US fight over market share are boons for emerging economies like India

WWW: The hackers’ haven

In an increasingly connected world, it pays to be careful when sharing personal information


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