Category: Leader’s OB

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Salman Hussain Al Lawati
Against the grain

Salman Hussain Al Lawati, Executive Director at Bin Salman Investment, believes that business sustainability is more important than having family members on executive seats An industrial engineer by profession, Salman Hussain Al Lawati started off his career in 2008 at Oman Cables Industry (OCI), one of Oman’s leading manufacturing companies, where his family owned a […]

Cover Story
Areej Mohsin Haider Darwish
Lasting legacy

Areej Mohsin Haider Darwish, Joint Deputy Chairperson of MHD believes that succession planning is the key to ensure a smooth transition which creates a multi-generational institution Give us a brief on your roles and responsibilities at MHD? As joint deputy chairperson of Mohsin Haider Darwish (MHD), I am responsible for steering and guiding the overall […]

Interviews
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The change imperative

Vikas Papriwal, Partner, Head of Markets, KPMG Lower Gulf shares his thoughts on the prevailing economic conditions and its ramifications for countries and corporates   Can you give us a brief profile of yourself and your responsibilities? I head markets for the firm; in addition, I am responsible for determining the strategy for the sectors […]

ECONOMY
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Tapping tourism potential

The Sultanate’s tourism industry is poised to play an important role in Oman’s near-term move away from hydrocarbons reliance, and in its long-term economic growth plan The oil price drop between June 2014 and January 2016 – when oil fell below $30 a barrel – threw the economic dangers of an over-reliance on hydrocarbons into […]

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When the going gets tough, the tough get going

Hani Ali Mirza, Managing Director, Bin Mirza International which brought to Oman a number of international fast casual brands, says Oman’s F&B sector is better placed to weather the storm of economic slowdown. Excerpts from an interview with Muhammed Nafie   Can you give us a brief on the various international brands Bin Mirza Group […]

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Retail destination of choice

Kim McInnes, CEO – Shopping Malls, Majid Al Futtaim Properties talks about upcoming developments and the rationale behind being the leading GCC investor in Oman in an exclusive interview How has Majid Al Futtaim’s experience been in Oman in the retailing arena? Majid Al Futtaim has always been pioneering in the Omani market, and we […]

Opinion
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Bet on emerging markets

The year 2016 has been a sanguine year for emerging markets after five brutal years of underperformance relative to the US, Europe and even Japan. The spectacular 70 per cent rise in oil prices since last February, a 20 per cent rally in gold and industrial metals, the failure of the Federal Reserve not to […]

Opinion
Economy
Bricks and Mortar

Lower-quality properties have been struggling into 2016, while the higher end continues to forge ahead   While some of Oman’s current residential, retail and office property stock is struggling to get off agents’ books, at the higher end of the market, the picture is a lot sunnier. In this, the Sultanate resembles many other countries […]

Interviews
Insurance
Sayyida Rawan shares the success story of Takaful Oman

Takaful Oman continued its stellar performance by achieving a gross contribution of RO5.1mn for Q1 2016 compared to RO2.4mn in the corresponding period of 2015. Sayyida Rawan Ahmed Al Said, MD and CEO shares the success story of the company in an interview with Oommen John P. Takaful Oman, the Sultanate’s first fully-fledged Islamic insurance […]