Category: Interviews

Best NBFCS in Oman 2018 Survey
Oman Orix
On the cusp of transition

Oman Orix Leasing Company, which is going to be merged with National Finance Company in 2018, recorded the highest business volumes in its history in 2017. Excerpts from an interview with CEO, Shahin Mohammed Al Balushi, who will also be the CEO of the merged entity Central Bank of Oman gave its final approval for […]

Best NBFCS in Oman 2018 Survey
On a growth trajectory

  Robert Pancras, CEO of National Finance talks about the company’s performance in 2017, future outlook and the industry trends How was National Finance Company’s financial performance in FY 2017? We were able to maintain our positive growth trajectory, though the industry as a whole witnessed a negative growth during this period. Net finance assets […]

Best NBFCS in Oman 2018 Survey
Weathering the storm

With banks aggressively foraying into car financing and SME lending, there will be competitive pressure on finance and leasing companies, says Mohammed Redha A Jawad, CEO of Taageer Finance. Excerpts form an interview with Muhammed Nafie What do you think about the performance of non-banking finance industry in the coming years? The general atmosphere for […]

Best NBFCS in Oman 2018 Survey
Al Omaniya
Strong fundamentals

Al Omaniya marked its 20th anniversary in 2017. OER speaks to CEO, Aftab Patel about the company’s major milestones, financial performance, and future outlook Al Omaniya marked its 20th anniversary in 2017. Can you give us a brief on the company’s major milestones? The company started its operations as a retail asset finance institution and […]

Premium experience

Cinepolis Oman Avenues Mall marks Cinepolis GCC’s first location in Muscat. The 14-screen auditorium and 1,474-seat multiplex, including Luxury, Macro XE and Junior concepts, that is slated to open in late 2018, is set to be the entertainment anchor for Oman Avenues Mall (OAM), says Cinepolis GCC CEO Ashish Shukla in an interview with Oommen […]

Unlocking potential

David Howden, CEO of Hyperion Insurance Group and Rajiv Arora, CEO of Howden Insurance Brokers, speak to OER about the group’s newly floated insurance broking business in Oman. Muhammed Nafie reports           Howden, the retail broking arm of UK-based Hyperion Insurance Group having a global presence with over 3,800 employees, recently joined hands […]

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Multi-dimensional growth

Hanan Darwish, President, Gulf and Pakistan, Schneider Electric shares her thoughts on IoT and digital solutions changing power distribution, consumption in the GCC and worldwide How was Schneider Electric’s financial performance in the GCC in 2017? It has been better than our expectations. There was certain uncertainty in terms of the availability of cash in […]

Driven by innovation

  Pekka Metsi, CEO, Granlund talks about the company, its software solutions and the tie-up with Suhail Bahwan Group. Mayank Singh reports What are Granlund’s main lines of business and what value does the company offer it’s customers? Granlund has a history of 58 years, it started as a family owned company and it is […]

HR and new age technologies

Nick Babington, Regional Director-MENA of Saba, talks about the increasing role of artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies in HR practices. Muhammed Nafie reports Saba has been named as a leader in Learning Management three years in a row by IDC. What differentiates your offerings in the market? We know that when people work, learn […]

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Stabilising the market

Salim bin Nasser Al Hadhrami – Director General, Planning & Development, Ministry of Manpower says the government’s efforts to create jobs for Omanis is yielding the desired results. Excerpts from an interview What measures are being taken by the Ministry of Manpower to create more jobs for Omanis? In its bid to employ national manpower, […]