Exporting to Oman
Oman is located in the south eastern quarter of the Arabian Peninsula. As the only GCC member state outside the Straits of Hormuz, Oman offers assured Gulf access and shorter shipping times along major maritime routes. Its deep seawater ports and airports provide a gateway to Indian, Asian and African markets.
Dubbed the ‘Switzerland of the Middle East’, Oman provides a politically neutral voice in a region prone to diplomatic tension. With significant investments in social as well as hard infrastructure over the past 50 years, the ‘Omani Renaissance’ has brought political stability internally as well as to its international relations.
Strong UK links
The UK-Omani bilateral relationship is underpinned by strong and growing military cooperation and very close diplomatic ties. The UK is a significant investor in Oman. Many Omanis choose to study overseas in the UK, and English is widely spoken and accepted as a business language.
Opportunities for exporters
There are opportunities for UK companies across a broad range of industries. Our trade advisers in Oman have identified particular opportunities for UK businesses in the following sectors.
Hotels and attractions
Recent years have seen the development of hotels and visitor attractions in and around Muscat, Nizwa and surrounding mountainous areas, and also in Salalah.
Business tourism is developing around the new Oman Conference and Exhibition Centre, which is an ideal place to hold exhibitions, conferences and events.
Oman has a lot to offer in terms of history, culture, landscape, and infrastructure. However, as Oman is a growing market with a young population, it needs guidance and expertise to support tourist sector development. UK companies could meet this demand.
Oman is keen to expand the manufacture of pharmaceuticals within the country and become a hub for the region. Oman imports much of its medications and medical equipment, making the sector a key target for development.
Construction and real estate
There are manufacturing opportunities in the construction and real estate sector, including around marble, granite mining and processing, glass production, limestone, tiles, blocks and cement. Businesses are keen on using advanced manufacturing technology and solar-powered equipment.
New mining licences
Oman has recently started to grant mining licences to companies, allowing them to explore prospective mineral resources.
Oman’s government launched Minerals Development Oman and gave it the mandate to develop the country’s prolific mineral potential in the Dhofar region. An initial study has uncovered an abundance of limestone, gypsum, and potentially deposits of dolomite and attapulgite.
There are plans for infrastructure upgrades to help Oman unlock its mineral export potential. These include plans for cross-country rail links. The government is also making reforms to facilitate investment.