Responsible Social Corporates

Giving doesn’t come easy to corporates. Especially in India. Companies who spend some of their hard-earned profit for social good can be placed in three categories. First are responsible corporate citizens who have institutionalised charity. They either set up or funded foundations that helped weaker sections of society. The second category is of those who saw it as clever way to whitewash their sins.

Nuturing a tech startup idea

Q: I am 18 and plan to start my own business while pursuing higher education. I have no background in computer programming, but I’ve noticed that many startups are technology-based. How should I go about realizing my dream of becoming an entrepreneur?
– Shaurya Jain

The 3Ts guide to bilateral ties

In January this year, Oman played host to Japanese premier Shinzo Abe, the first visit by a Japanese Prime Minister to the sultanate since 1990.
Business Today spoke to H E George Hisaeda, Ambassador of Japan to Oman, to find out how the relations between the two countries have evolved over the years.

Riding on health insurance

As per the insurance market review released by the Capital Market Authority (CMA) in 2013, which demonstrates the insurance activity in the sultanate for 2012 versus 2011, the gross written direct premiums of all insurance companies amounted to RO326.8 mn in 2012 as against RO285.7mn in 2011, registering a growth of 14.4 per cent. 

Pangs of change

Move to shift operations from Muscat to Sohar port creates challenges for shipping industry. 

At a crossroads

When the Central Bank of Oman (CBO) in 2012, announced the regulatory framework for Islamic banking, the key players in the banking sector were euphoric as they expected an almost instant boom in business. However, that was not to be the case. For various reasons, only very few commercial bank customers shifted their accounts to a Shari'a banking system. 

A new jewel in Salalah

With the growing focus on tourism sector in Oman, the hotel industry is seeing a number of new entrants

Sudden death

It’s the end of the road for LCD TVs. They’ve been outsmarted by LED sets — now the toast of households

‘Free market economy is ideal for growth’

Suleiman Masoud al Harthy, CEO, Tameer Investment, speaks about challenges, opportunities and Omanisation in Oman’s tourism sector

Nurturing business ideas

In line with the country’s emphasis on the SME sector, Zubair SEC lends a private helping land

The lure of uncle sam

For Ajay Ganti, CEO, SARCO, a tour of the US West Coast was all about unwinding with his extended family. That apart he liked driving through the West Coast and the vineyards of Napa Valley


Al Jenaibi International Automobiles has introduced BMW 2 Series Coupe in its efforts to diversify the premium compact segment. Replacing BMW 1 Series Coupe, the nifty new coupe will offer customers BMW's signature driving experience, driver assistance systems and BMW ConnectedDrive infotainment features.

FOLLOW YOUR DREAM - Murtadha al Lawati, AGM- corporate communications and retail projects, Ahlibank in conversation with Mohana Prabhakar

Murtadha al Lawati, AGM- corporate communications and retail projects, Ahlibank in conversation with Mohana Prabhakar.

Looking out at the sea with a cup of coffee in your hand and a cool breeze blowing in, it’s not surprising to hear Murtadha say that he never wants to be anywhere else but right here. Not at Starbucks on the Qurm beach road precisely, but for Murtadha, life in Oman is all he wants.