Frequently Asked Questions

We are often asked questions concerning the activities and mission of the OABC, so here we address some of those most frequently asked.

1. WHAT IS THE OMAN AMERICAN BUSINESS CENTER (AMCHAM OMAN)?

The Oman American Business Center (OABC) is an independent, private, not-for-profit business council of American and international companies and individuals doing business in the Sultanate of Oman. The OABC is the official affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Oman, and part of the global network of American Chambers of Commerce. We rely solely on membership dues and activity fees and receive no government funding.

2. WHO ARE THE MEMBERS OF THE OABC?

Our members are comprised of executives and businesspeople from American companies licensed in Oman or having business relationships in Oman; American individuals living in Oman; and select Omani companies that have proven they can contribute to the organization’s mission.  Corporate representatives are the two most senior executives from each member company.

3. WHAT ARE THE OBJECTIVES OF THE OABC?

  • To promote commerce, investment and goodwill between the membership, the United States of America and the Sultanate of Oman.
  • To provide a forum in which American business executives in Oman and overseas business executives with American interests may identify, discuss and pursue common interests.
  • To work with individuals and organizations in Oman on matters of mutual interest.
  • To heighten awareness of Oman’s significant commercial role in the Middle East and increased American trade and business opportunities in Oman, especially utilization of the US-Oman Free Trade Agreement.

4. HOW DOES THE OABC FULFILL THESE OBJECTIVES?

  • Meetings with key U.S. and Oman government officials and departments to express members’ business concerns.
  • Monthly conferences, workshops and seminars on current business issues.
  • Annual charity event through partnership with a reputable Omani non-profit organization.
  • Assistance to U.S. trade delegations and business persons visiting Oman.
  • Online member resources for doing business in Oman or the USA.
  • Maintenance of a library of U.S. directories and trade information.

5. ARE THERE OTHER U.S. BUSINESS INTEREST GROUPS IN THE MIDDLE EAST?

Yes, OABC collaborates with other U.S. business groups active in the Middle East. There are regional U.S. Business Councils in the Middle East such as AmCham M.E.N.A.

6. HOW CAN I BECOME AN OABC MEMBER?

Please visit the OABC website and complete the online form found here, after which the Corporate Coordinator will contact you to complete the application process. Applications are reviewed by the Board of Directors monthly.  Membership fees can be paid anytime as the OABC grants membership on a rolling basis.

PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP @ OMR 1000 per year – American, Omani, or international companies that are licensed to do business in the Sultanate of Oman and want exclusive VIP benefits and preferential status.

CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP @ OMR 350 per year – American, Omani. or international companies that are licensed to do business in the Sultanate of Oman.

MICRO-SME MEMBERSHIP @ 150 OMR per year — Small US, International or Omani businesses with fewer than 5 employees.

INDIVIDUAL MEMBER @ OMR 150 per year – Spouses of members, educators, government employees and other individuals who are unable to join at the company level are considered for individual membership.

7. WHO MANAGES AND REPRESENTS THE OABC?

The OABC is managed by an Executive Director and professional staff. The Board of Directors is elected bi-annually by members. The Chairman of the Board is the spokesperson for the membership. OABC holds an Annual General Meeting and a Strategic Planning Meeting to further develop itself as a leading professional organization.