Outlook Oman 2016

Issue Number:214, September 2016


Ensure Your Data is Not Taken Hostage: Ransomware Remediation Strategies for Businesses in Oman

After slowing slightly in mid-2015, ransomware has overall regained its rapid growth rate. 

CARD RIP-OFF

Exorbitant interest rates along with loads of other charges should be a deterrent to individuals rolling over credit card dues. Disastrously, it’s not.

Risk & return: Setting investment goals

“A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at”

– Bruce Lee, martial artist, entertainer

A construction nightmare or happy ever after

For most people, building a house is one of the most important decisions they are ever likely to make. 

MARKET WATCH: MSM Corporate Earnings Record Modest Growth

Despite the challenging economic environment, industry and service sectors posted decent net margins. The finance sector also continues to grow albeit at a slower pace.

A commitment to purpose, not profit

The most satisfying aspect of starting a business is creating something that’s going to make a positive difference in the lives of others – something that you can be proud of. I recently met a number of entrepreneurs who are doing just that. 

OPINION: Public-private partnership in healthcare

Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) represent a viable alternative to the traditional schemes of procurement for public infrastructure such as roads, airports, hospitals and the provision of public services such as education, healthcare or transportation.

Edgy all-rounder

The Ford Edge has a modern and functional look with very smooth and clean edges to go with this sporty themed body kit. This Edge is the sport all-wheel drive (AWD) version that comes with the impressive Ecoboost 2.7 litre V6 engine and a pair of turbo charges to give it that extra fun factor.

Equipped for growth

Advancements in the healthcare sector has made our lives more efficient and better. It, in fact, has increased the average life expectancy of human beings which was 71.4 years in 2015 according to WHO: Average life expectancy between 2000 and 2015 increased by five years, which is the fastest increase since the 1960s.

MENA sovereign rating trends mid-year 2016

Overall sovereign creditworthiness in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has continued to deteriorate since we published "Middle East And North Africa Sovereign Rating Trends 2016," on January 18, 2016.

Team-building for success

The term ‘team building’ has become a buzzword in recent years, and has many connotations. In terms of corporate development, team-building exercises are important not for the immediate experience of the activities performed by the team, but also for the group skills, communication and bonding that result. 

Diabetes: The cost and effects

Diabetes cases are rising in epidemic proportions across the world and in Oman affecting not only the health and wealth of the patients, but the society and economy as a whole.

Just get a job and sleep well!

On the one hand you read that ‘being an entrepreneur is the most exhilarating feeling in the world comparable only to flying with your own wings,’ while Elon Musk has said that being an entrepreneur is ‘like eating glass and staring into the abyss of death’. I could say the truth is somewhere in between but actually it is both. 

Healthy alternatives

Modern life comes with its benefits and issues too. Unhealthy eating habits, stress plus the increased presence of toxins in food are contributing to myriad health issues. As allopathic treatment does not offer holistic solutions, people are increasingly looking towards alternative therapies like Ayurveda, homeopathy etc. With rising awareness about the benefits of these therapies, more and more people are availing these alternatives.