Issue Number:2203, October 2015

Islamic banking is an alternative option for any and all who wish to avail its products and services

Salaam Said al Shaksy, CEO of alizz islamic bank, is of the opinion that Shari’a based banking is not just for Muslims and once institutions in this sector accepts this factor, it will open up immense opportunities for growth.

The construction sector will continue to play a decisive role in transforming Oman’s economy

Siraj Bhavnagarwalla, senior executive officer, Alpen Capital, Oman, believes that Oman's construction industry will keep growing despite crude price concerns.

Potential for network surveillance

Canon's Middle East Marketing Director, Hendrik Verbrugghe talks about the network surveillance market and the company's Middle East performance.

Entrepreneurship award aspires to enhance the role of the SME sector in Oman

Badriya Abdullah al Hinai, Planning and Quality Assurance director, Riyada, shares details about the second edition of the Entrepreneurship Awards.

Rejuvenate India’s Iran policy

India is uniquely placed in having effectively harnessed its relations within three simultaneous triangles: Tehran-New Delhi-Tel Aviv, Tehran-New Delhi-Riyadh and Washington-New Delhi-Tehran.

SURVEY: Salaries in Oman expected to increase by 5% in 2016

Aon Hewitt’s annual salary increase survey reports GCC faring better than most oil producing nations in the Middle East. With GCC states averaging five per cent, Kuwait tops chart with 5.2 per cent projected increase, while Bahrain rounds out the list with a projected 4.7 per cent increase.

Happy staff, happy customers

Happiness is a habit, and like any other habit, it needs to be trained. It is something that all of us can strive for, regardless of age or industry.

TEST DRIVE: A powerful head-turner

BMW’s new X6 50i is all about presence and there is nothing middle of the road about the X6 styling. 

Auto news: 488 GTB unveiled in Oman, Bentley Motors unveils Bentayga at 66th IAA in Frankfurt and many more

Following its debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show, the 488 GTB was recently unveiled by Alfardan Motors, the official importer of Ferrari in Oman, in an exclusive launch event at the Shangri-La's Barr al Jissah Resort & Spa. 

Decrypting MSM’s recent sell off: A correction or start of a longer bear market?

Prolonged bearish oil prices, China’s market crash as well as US Fed’s move to keep rates unchanged are adding pressure on MSM.

US ranked world no 1 for residential investability

UAE comes second followed by Singapore and the UK in the third and fourth places according to the new World Residential Investability Ranking released by Savills.

Investing in the future

With the formation of dedicated funds and a governing body, clubbed with the establishment of incubator services and private partnerships, the SME sector in Oman is headed towards a robust future.