Prime Location



  • Connectivity

    Less than 2-hours from the major business centres of Asia and fast sailing times to Asia, Africa, Europe and North America

  • Trade Route

    At the centre of the east-west nexus joining markets in Europe, Asia and North America

  • Non-oil Exports

    Exporting US$10.7 billion to 176 countries





International Appeal


  • Investment Strength

    Attracting US$19.3 billion FDI in 2014

  • International Links

    Powerful concentration of international companies including BP, Shell, Vale, Air Liquide, Larsen & Toubro, Jindal Power & Steel, Huawei, Al Futtaim Group, Rio Tinto Alcan, Carrefour and LuLu

  • Trade Agreements

    Signatory to WTO, GCC common market, GAFTA, FTAs with US and Singapore, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Lichtenstein




Safe Environment



  • Transparency

    Investor friendly legislative environment and no restrictions on repatriation of capital or profits

  • Taxation

    Flat 12% corporate tax on a profit over US$77,720

  • Foreign Ownership

    70% foreign ownership in most sectors 100% in special cases and specific economic zones




Talent Pool



  • Local Talent

    A young multilingual and educated talent pool equipped for the 21st century

  • Workforce

    4.3 million people 1.7 million employees over 239,000 registered businesses

  • Competitive Salary

    Some of the most competitive salary rates in the Gulf

  • Research

    55 tertiary institutes with strong industry links and thriving R&D culture




Infrastructure



  • Transportation

    Globally ranked ports, airports and roads and some of the most strategically placed ports in the world

  • Communications

    Advanced telecommunications Infrastructure - mobile penetration rate 150.18%

  • Property

    Some of the most competitively priced land and commercial property in the Gulf

  • Railway

    USD$15 billion invested in a rail network covering 2,244km



Oman Risk Assessments

Sovereign Risk

Rated A - Very Low
Low overall risk for Oman’s creditworthiness, but lower oil prices could potentially reduce government revenue generation. However, the government can leverage its foreign exchange reserves and wealth funds to settle debt obligations should they rise.

Currency Risk

Rated A - Very Low
Comfortable levels of foreign exchange reserves will help sustain Omani Rial’s peg to the US dollar. The US dollar is forecasted to remain firm against major currencies in 2015-16.

Banking Risk

Rated BBB - Low
Overall, Oman’s banking sector is at low risk.

Economic Structure Risk

Rated A - Very Low
Although the economy remains highly dependent on hydrocarbon revenues and therefore vulnerable to changes in oil and gas prices, Oman’s growing plans to diversify its economy through its tourism and services sector keeps the country’s economic structure safe.