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 Council (AmCham Oman)?

The Oman American Business Council (OABC) is an independent, private, not-for-profit business council of companies and individuals doing business in the Sultanate of Oman and the United States. 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.

OABC is also Oman’s largest and most active business networking organization with over 30 events a year held for business professionals in Muscat and the United States.

2. Who are the members of the OABC?

Our members are comprised of Omani, American and international executives and businesspeople representing over 170 companies.

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 business executives in Oman 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 to increase American trade and business opportunities in Oman, especially utilization of the U.S. – Oman Free Trade Agreement.

4. How does the OABC fulfil these objectives?

  • Through monthly conferences, workshops and seminars on current business issues.
  • By hosting an charity event through partnership with a reputable Omani non-profit organization.
  • We offer assistance to U.S. trade delegations and business persons visiting Oman.
  • We provide access to member resources for doing business in Oman or the USA, including past presentations and links to government websites.
  • OABC maintains a library of U.S. directories and trade information.
  • When needed, we also set up meetings with key U.S. and Oman government officials and departments to express members’ business concerns.

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. We work alongside regional AmChams (American Chamber of Commerce) and business councils in the Middle East such as AmCham MENA.

6. How can I become an OABC Member?

Please visit the OABC website and complete the online form found here, after which our team will contact you to complete the application process. 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, additional visibility, and preferential status.

CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP @ OMR 425 per year – American, Omani, or International companies that are licensed to do business in the Sultanate of Oman.

MICRO-SME MEMBERSHIP @ 200 OMR per year — Small U.S., Omani, or International 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.

OVERSEAS MEMBER @ OMR 500 per year – American or international companies not yet set up in Oman, who desire access to our network, services, experience and support.

7. Who manages and represents the OABC?

The OABC is managed by a Chief Executive Officer and professional staff. The Board of Directors is elected bi-annually by members. The Chairman of the Board is the spokesperson for the membership.