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MUSCAT, OMAN: Oman’s most active business networking organization, the Oman American Business Center (OABC), hosted “Linked In Hacks” for member executives on Wednesday, January 12 at the Royal Tulip Muscat Hotel.

The session was designed to equip professionals from companies within the OABC looking to level up their own Linked In skills and techniques but was especially directed towards sales, business, development, and commercial roles engaged in B2B marketing. Unlike OABC’s first Linked In session hosted in 2020, this more advanced workshop required attendees to have prior experience on Linked In and an existing account on the platform.  OABC member and presenter Mohammed Al Tamami, known as one of Oman’s top digital stratagists, covered a variety of ways to “hack the system” and get posts seen, liked, shared, and noticed by the right people, creating new opportunities to do business.

The workshop included a brief time of networking and coffee, a presentation, and time for Q & A.

Tamami says, “Linked In, similar to any social media tool, requires utilizing a certain etiquette and specific methods in order to access the wealth of resources it can bring to us. Sharing my experience with others through OABC’s last Linked In session for members made a big difference to those who are now actively using it, and this inspired us to hold more such workshops. The focus of this event was to focus on that B2B and B2C sales aspect of Linked In: what to remember, what to avoid, and examples for those involved in online relationship building with clients.”

“One thing we’ve learned from the COVID-19 era is that sometimes without warning, our online life takes front and center and the physical is no longer easily accessible,” says Rebecca Olson, Executive Director of the OABC. “Linked In was a useful resource before, but now it is an essential platform for those in corporate roles. Its use is growing daily in Oman as a place to explore new connections, vet people before you meet them, or present oneself and one’s services to the business community.  Creating an effective personal and business profile can open new doors for both new professionals and those who’ve been in the business community for a long time.  As Oman’s largest and most active networking group, OABC is focused on supporting the relationships between member companies both online and in person.  We’re thankful for Mohammed Al Tamami for his time in preparing the session, and for his great passion in equipping others to excel in their own online networking.”

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 is the official affiliate of the US Chamber of Commerce in Oman.  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 165 member companies, OABC is Oman’s most active business council and networking group.

Mohammed Al Tamami is a Media Planning & Strategy graduate who spent 10+ years of his career working on global consulting and advisory assignments on innovation, technology and strategy, and is the Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer of a young and upcoming financial technology start-up that provides AI-driven capabilities for the financial services industry.

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On January 11, OABC Members attended the”U.S. Chamber of Commerce for State Business 2022 webinar.

The program included keynote remarks from U.S. Chamber President and CEO Suzanne Clark followed by a panel featuring Dr. Alberta Bourla, Chairman and CEO of Pfizer where he discussed the innovation for a healthier and more prosperous World.

When COVID-19 brought the world to a standstill, pharmaceutical companies stepped up to the challenge, developed lifesaving treatments and vaccines, and delivered them around the globe. Against remarkable difficulties, their successes have created our strongest tools in beating back this pandemic, demonstrating that through creativity and resilience, businesses can solve some of the world’s greatest challenges.


Click here to view the full video.

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Muscat, Oman: On December 14th, the Oman American Business Center (AmCham Oman) hosted its 2021 Biennial General Meeting and Board Elections at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Qurum. During this event, OABC leadership presented the organization’s progress over the past two years and announced the outcome of the 2021 OABC Board Elections. Guests and attendees included OABC company members, VIPs from the Oman business community, and representatives from the U.S Embassy.

 Seven members of the OABC were elected to serve on the Board. Four members maintained ex-officio or permanent seats including Ali Daud, Chairman and Founder of the OABC; Emmee Haun, Co-founder of the OABC; Fouad Eid, Vice-President of the OABC; and Gary Schumann, Chief Commercial Officer at the US Embassy in Muscat.

 The seven members elected to the Board of Directors include reelected members Marla Valdez: Principal, Valdez SPC; Paul Murphy: Grand Hyatt Muscat, General Manager; Shayan Sumar: Apex Transgulf Manufacturing LLC, Director of Operations; and Talal Al Subhi: Rohn Products International Arabia LLC, Executive Director.  Newly elected members include Mohab Ali Al Hinai, Sustainable Investments LLC, Co-founder; Nourah Yousef Mustafa Mehyar: Nafith Logistics, CEO, and Samir Messaoudi: Sheraton Oman Hotel at Marriott International, General Manager.

“There are more member companies in the OABC today than there were at our last Biennial General Meeting in December 2019,” says Rebecca Olson, Executive Director of the OABC.  “This is just one indicator showing that OABC did not merely survive the pandemic as a business organization, but we have grown together as a network committed to enhancing Oman’s business environment, connecting business leaders from every sector in Oman, and fostering bilateral trade between Oman and the United States.”

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 30 events annually and over 160 member companies, OABC is Oman’s most active business center and networking group. 

 The Oman American Business Center (OABC) is known for its advocacy on behalf of Oman’s private sector, and for hosting high-level professional networking events and informational sessions for professionals across the Sultanate.

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On December 12, OABC’s Corporate Members The Business Year hosted a high-level panel discussion under the patronage of H.E Qais bin Mohammed Al Yousef: Oman Vision 2040: The Future of Investments.

Thank you to The Business Year for our partnership, and for creating an opportunity to join an incredible group of stakeholders for a key discussion about Oman’s Vision 2040. We were also thrilled to see more than 60 OABC member registrations.

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MUSCAT:  The United States and Oman are celebrating 12 years of trade under the U.S.-Oman Free Trade Agreement (FTA), a bilateral accord that lowers trade barriers between the two countries.  Since taking effect in 2009, the FTA has benefitted both countries by boosting trade and investment and creating jobs.  Despite its success, the FTA remains an untapped resource for companies in both Oman and the United States.  The Oman American Business Center (OABC), in partnership with the U.S. Embassy to Oman and the Omani Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion (Tejarah), launched a video campaign this week to raise awareness of the FTA and encourage more firms to take advantage of it.

Titled “Success Stories of the U.S.-Oman FTA,” the video seeks to raise awareness of the FTA by introducing viewers to companies that operate in Oman and have successfully exported products for sale to the United States duty free, imported products from the United States duty free, or otherwise benefited from the FTA.  Funded by a grant from the U.S. Embassy, and in partnership with the Tejarah, the video features remarks from Omani Minister of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion H.E. Qais Al Yousef, United States Ambassador to Oman H.E. Leslie Tsou, and OABC Chairman Emeritus and President Ali Daud.

“The FTA has greatly benefited Omani companies, as well as U.S. and international firms,” Daud said.  “But it is important to remember that the Free Trade Agreement has also increased the overall amount of [Foreign Direct Investment, or] FDI into Oman and created opportunities and jobs for Omanis over the past 12 years.”

“The United States is the world’s largest economy, and Oman is one of just 20 nations — and two in the GCC — that enjoys free trade in this unique way.  We are very excited to shine a spotlight on just a few of the many success stories of the U.S.-Oman FTA and look forward to inspiring similar stories in the years to come,” Daud said.

Ambassador Tsou encouraged more Omani and American companies to take advantage of the FTA, whose many benefits include duty-free treatment of goods and a no-minimum investment requirement for new businesses.  “The FTA is a pillar of the strong economic partnership between our two countries and provides opportunities to expand prosperity for companies large and small in both Oman and the United States,” she said.  “The Embassy is working closely with the Omani government, the OABC, and other business organizations to strengthen the FTA to benefit both our economies.”

As part of Tejarah’s goals to attract investors and spotlight opportunities for companies in Oman, the video will be shown at the Oman Pavilion at EXPO 2020, attracting the attention of millions from around the globe.

Commenting on the FTA anniversary, HE Qais Al Yousef, Minister of Commerce, Industry & Investment Promotion said: “On this the 12th anniversary of the Oman–U.S. free trade agreement, we celebrate not just this landmark agreement but also the longstanding relationship between our two countries – one that began back in 1840 when Sultan Sayyid Sa’id bin Sultan sent his special envoy, Ambassador Ahmad bin Na’aman Al Kaabi, to New York to cement trade ties between Oman and the United States.”

The Minister added: “The friendship between us is not the only reason American businesses choose to invest in Oman – also playing an important role is the strength of the sultanate’s competitive offer, its pro-business government, strategic location, seamless access to regional markets, world-class infrastructure, skilled talent and the strength and ambition of Oman Vision 2040, the sultanate’s blueprint for social and economic development.”

VIPs, OABC members, and representatives from Oman’s public and private sectors will be the first to preview the video at an inaugural event in early December.  Once released, the video series will be available at

About the OABC

The Oman American Business Center (OABC) was founded in 2003 with a mission to foster the development of commercial activity between Oman and the United States, promote U.S. business, and support the Oman business community through programs and events.

As the official affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Oman (AmCham Oman), OABC promotes understanding, partnerships and other matters of mutual economic interest between business communities in Oman and the United States.  The focal endeavor of the OABC is to provide a forum for the exchange of insights, information, ideas, and direction with respect to increasing trade, commerce, and investment between the two countries.

Every year, the OABC has around 30 events focused on knowledge sharing, business opportunities and challenges, legislative changes and networking within the Oman business community.

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On December 7, Members of the OABC attended “How Can the U.Ss Government Strengthen Your Business”, online. In this event, they explored the complimentary services offered by the U.S. government and additionally touch on advocacy, EXPO 2020, trade promotion, and data privacy followed by a Q&A session.

The online session included moderator Judith Barnett – President, The Barnett Group, Adam Shub – Acting Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs at the U.S. State Department, Jason Buntin – Director for Europe and Middle East Affairs, Office of the United States Trade Representative, Bruce J. Ellsworth – Commercial Attaché / Digital Attaché, Commercial Section, United States Consulate General in Dubai, UAE, Pete Mehravari – IPR Attache U.S. Intellectual Property Attaché for the Middle East and North Africa, and Pete Zube – Regional Export Control Officer, U.S. Department of Commerce.

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On November 22nd, the Oman American Business Center (AmCham Oman) hosted The State of Logistics in Oman, Past, Present, and Future, sponsored by the Port of Salalah, at the Grand Hyatt Muscat. The event included a panel discussion, moderated by OABC Board Member, Shayan Sumar, and featured panelists Sunil Joseph, CCO, Port of Salalah, Omaima Bahajaj, Marketing and Communication Manager, Salalah Free Zone, and Aisha Al Saifi, Director Market Intelligence at ASYAD Group. During the discussion, the panelists talked about significant changes in Oman’s logistics sector over the past 5 years and shared their viewpoints of current logistics trends in the Sultanate and the GCC region, and their expectations of what may occur within the sector in the years ahead.

The panel discussion included three themes: the global shipping crisis and its impact on Omani businesses, Oman’s Vision 2040, and opportunities in the Omani logistics sector. 

Panelists touched on crucial topics such as fostering further utilization of the Free Trade Agreement between Oman and the U.S, various services that Port of Salalah now offers such as sea air cargo solutions and Flexhub, as well as Salalah’s value proposition, focused on a strong integrated ecosystem.

A big part of the Salalah Value proposition is the collaborative efforts of Port of Salalah, the Free Zone, ASYAD, Salalah International Airport, and various government entities to work collectively towards highlighting Salalah as a hub to attract foreign investment to the country. To improve the ease of doing business, these entities have worked hard in recent years to provide a one-stop-shop solution. 

Towards the conclusion of the panel discussion, the floor was opened to attendees for a Q&A session. Many eagerly asked engaging questions that were relevant to various sectors in Oman and private sector members found it highly beneficial to have direct discussion with government stakeholders to analyze logistics challenges and suggest solutions. 

 We’ve received incredible feedback following this event,” says Rebecca Olson, Executive Director of the OABC.  “Attendees were extremely grateful for the opportunity for both the private and public sector to have in-depth discussion about the sector’s goals, Oman’s Vision 2040, past obstacles, and ideas for the way forward. The main takeaway mentioned repeatedly that we need more opportunities for key conversations like this.  All of these business leaders want the same thing — an incredible but possible goal — which is to make Oman, with its unique location in the region, a world leader in logistics.

“Salalah sits on the crossroads of USD 2.5tn global trade flows, with all key regional markets accessible within a week of sailing. This is turn offers the Sultanate the opportunity to develop its logistics footprint. Unlocking Salalah’s full potential could lead to contribution of ~$9 bn to Oman´s total GDP, along with 70,000 jobs added in Dhofar,” stated Sunil Joseph, CCO of Port of Salalah during the panel discussion. 

“The event was extremely useful and much needed: it was a very important time for the private sector to sit down with government stakeholders and decision-makers to discuss logistics challenges and how to work together on solutions. OABC did an excellent job facilitating today’s event: we need to see more of these types of discussion focused sessions to connect leaders within Oman’s key sectors.” — Yousuf Al Balushi, Smart Investment Gateway.

The Port of Salalah, the Salalah Free Zone and ASYAD continue to actively contribute to Oman’s Vision 2040, and each support Oman’s economic diversification strategy. 

Strategically located on the trade crossroads between Asia and Europe and serving the markets of East Africa, the Red Sea, the Indian Subcontinent and the Arabian Gulf – the Port of Salalah is operated by APM Terminals as part of the APM Terminals global terminal network.  The port operates both a container terminal and a general cargo terminal.

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On November 16, 2021, the Oman American Business Center (OABC) hosted its Annual Thanksgiving Dinner under the stars at the beautiful gardens of the Grand Hyatt Muscat.

The event kicked off with lively business networking, then remarks from OABC Executive Director Rebecca Olson, who thanked the OABC’s 175 member companies for their commitment to the mission of OABC.  Olson then highlighted several positive moments from the past 2 years of OABC events and programming throughout the pandemic, including the online “Doing Business with the U.S. Military” event, regional LinkedIn networking group for U.S. Chambers of Commerce affiliate members in the GCC, and OABC’s new virtual card created for its members.  

The guest of honor, Jay Munir, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy Muscat, then shared about his experience of Thanksgiving, growing up in the United States as well as celebrating around the world as a U.S. diplomat in many different countries and diverse cultures.

Some of OABC’s member companies sponsored raffles, including Al Maamari Tours, Talabat, The Grand Hyatt Muscat, DusitD2, and Muscat Pharmacy. 

“Without making light of what we’ve all experienced, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, it’s good to remember that while there were challenges and completely unexpected moments, months of working from home with kids or pets — some very sad times for many of us — there were also some incredibly bright moments during 2020 and 2021,” Olson stated. “Our team and OABC’s Board of Directors are so looking forward to the next year of service and connection on behalf of each of our members, and we thank every one of you for being a part of it all”.

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 over 30 events annually and 175 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 November 9, 2021, members of the OABC attended a virtual event called “Wellness in Anxious Times”, facilitated by Dr. Jessica Adam, Chief Medical Officer at Alfardan Medical with Northeastern Medicine. This event was co-hosted by the AmChams in the GCC, led by the American Chamber of Commerce in Qatar.



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On October 26, 2021, the Oman American Business Center (AmCham Oman) hosted its annual Taco Tuesday Networking event at the DCM Jay Munir residence.

There were representatives from over 50 companies. OABC’s members networked, and of course enjoyed delicious tacos!

The team would like to thank Amigo’s Kitchen, Jarritos, and OUA for sponsoring the food and drinks. Taco Tuesday would not have been a success without them!