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Oman Piques the Interest of US Investors in Washington and New York

Oman’s story in the past half century has largely been one of success. From the moment the late Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said rose to the throne, the country began to transform. In the space of five decades, Oman has become a thriving nation with a modern economy — in part thanks to its booming oil and gas industry.

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Oman’s story in the past half century has largely been one of success. From the moment the late Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said rose to the throne, the country began to transform. In the space of five decades, Oman has become a thriving nation with a modern economy — in part thanks to its booming oil and gas industry.

As early as the late 1990s Oman began making active plans to diversify its economy and lessen its reliance on its hydrocarbons sector. This came into even greater focus in 2020 when Sultan Haitham bin Tariq endorsed the launch of Vision 2040, a blueprint for the economic and social development of the Sultanate.

According to the Chairman of Oman Vision 2040 Khamis bin Saif Al Jabri, by fostering ties with academic institutions and training centres, the Omani workforce will be equipped with the requisite skills to meet the demands of a modern economy.

The initiative aims to diversify the economy, create sustainable cities and accelerate privatization — all while focusing on empowering the Omani people. At the heart of the program is a particular focus on sectors that are seen as ripe for growth such as manufacturing, information and communication technology, agriculture and tourism.

“By prioritizing goods and services sourced from within Oman, the strategy aims to not only stimulate local industries but also ensure that financial resources circulate within the national economy to propel growth from within,” says Al Jabri.

Oman also aims to attract an increasing number of visitors through the promotion of its cultural heritage. The Sultanate is rich in customs and traditions, while its souqs are bustling with traditional art forms such as Arabic calligraphy, pottery, weaving and woodcarving.

“We want to embrace modernity while also valuing our Omani identity, traditions and heritage. We are investing in our youth to ensure they remain rooted in our rich history and cultural legacy. This extends to promoting cultural tourism and leveraging our unique historical and cultural landmarks. Central to the Oman Vision 2040 initiative is the belief that tourism is not merely transactional but a profound exchange of cultures, stories and experiences. By focusing on sustainable infrastructure, encouraging private sector participation and fostering international partnerships, Oman aims to position itself as a global tourism beacon. We aim to merge our economic ambitions with cultural preservation,” says Al Jabri.

Oman boasts a long and fascinating history dating back to ancient times. Visitors have access to the country’s many historic landmarks and monuments, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bahla Fort. The country’s traditional arts and crafts can be viewed at the Oman National Museum, while numerous artisans demonstrate these skills throughout the country to this day. To preserve and promote the Omani identity, the government plans to host numerous exhibitions and events in leading museums around the world. There is also a growing impetus for the promotion of traditional games and sports leagues that include dhow racing, falconry and camel racing.

While there is a focus on protecting its past, Oman is also laying the groundwork for the future.

According to UK-based Market Research firm, Business Focus spokesperson Blanca Barajas, Oman has gradually emerged as a preferred destination for foreign investment, with its strategic location and the government’s commitment to developing the economy driving its attractiveness as an ideal investment destination.

“The government has been working to strengthen its legal and regulatory framework to offer US businesses the stability they seek to grow and prosper. There has also been a commitment to reduce red tape to make it even easier for companies to set up and operate in Oman,” says Barajas.

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