November 2008



Even as the third quarter results started trickling in with largely in line numbers, the index has failed to show any resilience

Looking Good: Small is beautiful

Thinking of buying a tiny laptop for your travels but not sure which one to get? It used to be so clear – you had your mind set on an Eee PC 701 or 900 – but now that half the world’s laptop manufacturers make netbooks, consumers have more choice than ever


BankDhofar is planning to raise its capital base to strengthen its operation to tap the opportunities emerging from economic growth. Kris Babicci, CEO, speaks on the bank’s future strategies

Visitor View

Corporate executives who were on short visits to Muscat

In Person

Peter Schilter, manager of Swiss International Air Lines, has a wealth of knowledge in the aviation and travel industry. He speaks to BusinessToday on the growth in passenger traffic in Oman and the airline’s future plans and concerns

Mind over matter

Noted adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes has a lengthy list of exploration firsts to his name. He is a keynote speaker at the 2008 Leaders in Dubai Business Forum to be held November 16-18 in Dubai. Sir Ranulph takes some time off to talk to Sean Sampson about his experiences

Just in time supply

Industries across the sultanate will get a fresh burst of energy when the first imported natural gas enters via pipeline from Qatar

Rich dividends

Bank of Baroda chairman and MD talks about why the Gulf region is a focus for the bank

From toffee pudding to bulalo

Nawras CEO Ross Cormack’s busy schedule means that time off is something of a luxury. Holidays are always a last-minute affair for him and his family, leaving hardly any time for elaborate planning. When he does get a break, Cormack, being quite the foodie, makes a point of sampling local delicacies wherever he goes.

David Pender: Business ideas for the young entrepreneurs

David Pender, Government Advisor, PEIE and Oman Brand Management Unit

Milestones in Oman's Development

H E Khalil al Khonji, Chairman, Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Green milestones of Oman

H H Sayyida Tania al Said, President of Environment Society of Oman speaks about green milestones of Oman

Putting Oman on the global tourism map

Rob Gardner, MD Muscat Diving and Adventure Centre

Landmarks in Oman’s renaissance

Murtadha Sultan Director, W J Towell Group

IT initiatives in the sultanate

Sangeetha Sridhar Business Content Consultant, ITA

Legal Milestones in the country

Mansoor Jamal Malik  Managing Partner, Al Busaidy, Mansoor Jamal & Co

Business Today 10

BusinessToday celebrates its tenth anniversary, we have put together a special section that highlights  major developments on both economic and social fronts in Oman

A gas deal

Dolphin Energy CEO, Ahmed al Sayegh, speaks to BusinessToday on the company’s deal with Oman

In Control

H E Hamood Sangour al Zadjali, executive president, CBO, talks about how Oman plans to control inflation and weather the storm on the global financial markets

Flexible Drive

It is an advertiser’s job to make products look nice. So it seems with the newest kid off Ford’s block – the Flex crossover.

After Work: Go Camping

With the weather now perfect, this is the moment to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and embark on weekend planning trips

Managing Growth

An entrepreneur who has been enjoying growth for some time has to adopt a different strategy to attain  higher level of returns, says Dagmo Galaal of HSBC