AmCham Oman Christmas Party

The Oman American Business Center (AmCham Oman) hosted their first-ever family Christmas party as their last networking event of 2022.  The event was held at the Oasis Club, a private membership club supported by the U.S. Embassy.  Over 100 OABC members enjoyed a night of festive networking while their children were busy making Christmas crafts and decorating cookies. Friends and families also enjoyed a pop-up photo studio by OABC member Sarah Hale of Booma Photography and 3rd Street Donuts provided delicious donut Christmas Trees.

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Family events were introduced to AmCham Oman earlier this year and based on positive responses will continue to happen several times throughout 2023.

As the official affiliate of the US Chamber of Commerce in Oman (AmCham Oman), the OABC promotes understanding, partnerships & other matters of mutual economic interest between business communities in Oman and the United States.

Formed in 2003, the OABC’s mission is to foster the development of commercial activity between Oman and the United States.  With more than 25 events annually and over 160 member companies, OABC is Oman’s most active business center and networking group.

AmCham Oman Thanksgiving Dinner

On November 21, 2022, the Oman American Business Center (AmCham Oman) hosted one of its most anticipated events of the year, the annual Thanksgiving Dinner. More than 150 members came together to enjoy this tradition American meal in the beautiful gardens of the Grand Hyatt Muscat.

The guest of honor was Her Excellency Leslie Tsou U.S. Ambassador to Oman.  Ambassador Tsou reflected on her time in Oman, its gracious people and the meaning of Thanksgiving during her keynote address.

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Several OABC member companies sponsored wonderful raffle prizes, including The Grand Hyatt, Europecar Oman, TravelPoint and Primeclass, Muscat International Airports.

As the official affiliate of the US Chamber of Commerce in Oman (AmCham Oman), the OABC promotes understanding, partnerships & other matters of mutual economic interest between business communities in Oman and the United States.

Formed in 2003, the OABC’s mission is to foster the development of commercial activity between Oman and the United States.  With more than 25 events annually and over 160 member companies, OABC is Oman’s most active business center and networking group.

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The Oman American Business Center (AmCham Oman) hosted it’s first-ever U.S. Alumni networking evening in partnership with the U.S. Embassy Oman. The evening was a celebration for Omani citizens and residents who studied at U.S. universities and attended U.S. cultural programs. The event was attended by more than 300 alumni representing 92 U.S. colleges and universities.

The celebration was designed to provide a platform for alumni to reconnect to fellow alumni and renew the positive connection with their educational experiences.  “Not only did it strengthen my professional network it brought back wonderful memories as well” commented Ahmed Al Balushi, California State University Northridge class of 2019.

Junaid “Jay” Munir, Deputy Chief of Mission was the guest of honor at the event and emphasized how education advances one of the most important parts of the U.S.-Oman relationship: people-to-people ties. Nabila Al Amri, Culture and Engagement Executive at Oman Flour Mills Company, also spoke at the event. Ms. Amri shared her experience and learnings while participating in the 2016 Goldman Sachs-U.S. Dept of State 10,000 women entrepreneurs program at Harvard Business School.

 

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The U.S. Alumni event was held at the Sheraton Oman Hotel and guests enjoyed an American themed buffet while Muscat based band The What provided played a diverse range of American classics.

As the official affiliate of the US Chamber of Commerce in Oman (AmCham Oman), the OABC promotes understanding, partnerships & other matters of mutual economic interest between business communities in Oman and the United States.

Formed in 2003, the OABC’s mission is to foster the development of commercial activity between Oman and the United States.  With more than 25 events annually and over 160 member companies, OABC is Oman’s most active business center and networking group.

 

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On Wednesday, October 26, 2022, we had an insightful session with our member Global Advocacy and Legal Counsel. Their team of experts took us through the new Foreign Capital Investment Law which has made Oman a more attractive destination for foreign investors. They also highlighted aspects related to Investor-State Dispute Settlement. If you missed it, the presentation can be found here on our website. We’d also like to thank Crowne Plaza Muscat for such a beautiful meeting room and a delicious breakfast.

 

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On Tuesday, October 11, 2022 the Oman American Business Center hosted one of their most popular networking events, Taco Tuesday, to recognize former Executive Director, Rebecca Olson, and her 5 years of dedication to the OABC.  The evening was hosted by the U.S. Embassy Muscat’s Deputy Chief of Mission, Jay Munir. More than 70 members spent the evening networking while enjoying a delicious Taco Bar provided by Los Amigos Mexican Kitchen.

Rebecca’s contributions to the OABC were recognized by Ali Daud, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the OABC, Vice President of the OABC, Fouad Eid and DCM Jay Munir. During her tenure, Rebecca, drastically reshaped the OABC. She more than doubled membership and tripled the number of annual events. She also extended the reach of the OABC by joining AmCham MENA and forming a partnership with AmCham GCC. The Board of Directors presented Rebecca with artwork done by Omani artist Safiya Al Bahlani, who was the keynote speaker at OABC’s Iftar earlier this year.

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The evening was also supported by OUA.  And a few lucky OABC members won fantastic raffle prizes donated by Intercontinental Muscat, Talabat Oman and Los Amigos Mexican Kitchen.

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Last week the Oman American Business Center partnered with our Premium Member CMS to offer a first-of-its-kind seminar on using Blockchain Technology to protect Intellectual Property. Together with Silverline Consultancy, CMS spoke about the importance of properly protecting intellectual property. They also shared several local and global case studies that demonstrated the financial loss a business can experience when they don’t properly protect their IP. Silverline Consultancy facilitated a fantastic session on blockchain technology and demonstrated how easy and cost effective it is to protect your ideas and intellectual property from as early as the initial conception.

 

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The seminar was very well received by our members and created quite a robust Q&A time, followed by an engaging networking session. We’d like to thank all of our members that were able to attend as well as CMS and Silverline for leading such an informative seminar.

 

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As the official affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Oman (AmCham Oman), the OABC promotes understanding, partnerships & other matters of mutual economic interest between business communities in Oman and the United States. Formed in 2003, the OABC’s mission is to foster the development of commercial activity between Oman and the United States. With more than 30 events annually and over 160 member companies, OABC is Oman’s most active business center and networking group.

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On Wednesday, September 14, 2022 Oman American Business Center premium members were
invited to a special reception at the residence of H.E. Leslie M. Tsou, U.S. Ambassador to Oman. The guest of honor was Mr. Thomas Bruns, Regional Senior Commercial Officer for the Gulf, and Commercial Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in the UAE. Throughout the evening our members had meaningful discussions with the Ambassador, Mr. Bruns and other U.S. government representatives on strengthening the bilateral trade relationship between the United States and Oman.

 

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As the official affiliate of the US Chamber of Commerce in Oman (AmCham Oman), the OABC promotes understanding, partnerships & other matters of mutual economic interest between business communities in Oman and the United States. Formed in 2003, the OABC’s mission is to foster the development of commercial activity between Oman and the United States. With 30 events annually and over 180 member companies, OABC is Oman’s most active business council and networking group. The Oman American Business Center (OABC) is best known for hosting high-level professional networking events and informational sessions for professionals across the Sultanate.

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On June 15, 2022, Oman American Business Center (AmCham Oman) hosted its last networking event of the spring season at Sama Terraza on the Park Inn by Radisson Rooftop for members of the Oman business community.  At the event, held in collaboration with AmCham Dubai and FedEx Express, attendees had the opportunity to network with small and medium businesses (SMEs) and explore new business opportunities.

Sammy Bousaba, Managing Director of Middle East and Africa Sales at FedEx Express said: “Oman connects the East and West of the GCC region, and in addition to its business-friendly environment, the Sultanate has comprehensive initiatives to integrate its road, airport, and port networks. With access to our unparalleled Middle East road network and the world’s largest air express network, FedEx Express connects Oman to more than 220 countries and territories around the world.”

“We are committed to supporting small and medium businesses in Oman by providing them with the right resources, digital tools, and infrastructure that are crucial for their growth. Now more than ever, businesses can benefit from opportunities in global markets, and through our alliance with AmCham, we look forward to providing SMEs with our expertise to support their growth across the region and beyond,” added Sammy.

“FedEx Express connects people and possibilities,” says Fouad Eid, Vice President of the OABC.  “That is exactly what tonight’s event was all about.  Thank you to FedEx Express for the generous sponsorship and the opportunity to work together. We are also proud to partner with AmCham Dubai for our first co-hosted event in Oman, to present an evening of new relationships and opportunities for OABC’s vibrant networking community.”

“As the newly appointed Vice-Chair of AmCham MENA, AmCham Dubai hopes to continue this outreach to our GCC neighbors by providing connections to power global access. Creating these relationships helps us to foster trade and goodwill from the USA to the Middle East, we thank the Oman American Business Council for hosting this fantastic event said Cara Nazari, Managing Director, AmCham Dubai.

As the official affiliate of the US Chamber of Commerce in Oman (AmCham Oman), the OABC promotes understanding, partnerships and other matters of mutual economic interest between business communities in Oman and the United States.

Formed in 2003, the OABC’s mission is to foster the development of commercial activity between Oman and the United States.  With 30 events annually and over 170 member companies, OABC is Oman’s most active business council and networking group. The Oman American Business Center (OABC) is best known for hosting high-level professional networking events and informational sessions for professionals across the Sultanate.

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On May 23rd, in partnership with OABC Corporate Member OITE, members attended a special networking event at COMEX. During the event, members had the opportunity to meet company representatives from different companies participating in Oman’s largest and longest-running technology conference and exhibition.
We were also honored to welcome Haider Adnan Al-Zaabi from Mays EV — designer and founder of the first Omani electric vehicle company, to speak. Amr Babood, the organizer of the event, also shared remarks and led a tour to go check out the MAYS model car.
It was a very interesting event full of new connections. Thank you OITE for your support.
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On May 15, the OABC welcomed Pete Mehravari, U.S. Intellectual Property Attaché for the MENA region. The event included a conversation about IP opportunities and challenges. Members of the OABC shared their own experiences. They also learned about Pete’s work as an IP attaché and received updates on what he’s seeing lately in the region.
We would like to thank Pete and the members of the OABC for the much-needed informative conversation.