Oman American Business Center (OABC)

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Twenty Northeastern University students representing family businesses from around the world, together with professors, panelists, ABA students, and OABC board members, participated in the Oman Family Business Forum, organized by the Oman American Business Center on March 5. The event was sponsored by the Grand Hyatt Muscat.

Members of the OABC participated a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Greg Collier, Professor of Practice at Northeastern University, and answered questions designed to encourage and impart knowledge to the students, each of whom are about to graduate and possibly enter their own family businesses.

Non-family CEO’s in Oman shared about their personal experience in serving family businesses, from the unique opportunities presented, to the differences between such organizations and other corporate structures. Other CEOs discussed their partnerships or joint ventures with family-run companies, and the importance of shared values and cultural understanding in business.

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Panelists discussed the significance of gaining industry experience upon graduation, before returning to work in the family business, and each left the students with some closing remarks about their futures, regardless of paths chosen.  Mark Rix, CEO of Apex Media, encouraged the students to “Never stop learning, no matter your age or how long you work — there is always more to learn.”

Students from the American British Academy were also invited to attend and benefit from the wealth of knowledge in the room.

“We are thrilled with the willingness of our members, each of whom are busy executives, to offer their time and support during a critical point in these students’ lives,” says Rebecca Olson, Executive Director of the OABC. “Providing a space for the exchange of ideas and the building up of understanding is a key objective of the OABC. We are grateful for the opportunity to host these students from a top U.S. university, and also to discuss a topic of such great importance and interest to the Oman business community.”

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OABC’s first networking event of 2020 ‘New Year, New Opportunities’ was sponsored by Qatar Airways. The event was held at the Crowne Plaza Muscat on Monday, February 24th. The evening brought together over 120 members of the Oman American Business Center (AmCham Oman), from member executives to Oman’s decision-makers. The evening shared great moments of connection with members of the OABC, old and new, over canapes, drinks and the most spectacular view in town.

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Members and executives from the business community were joined by Stephanie Hallet, US Deputy Chief of Mission to Oman as a special guest of honour.

Emmee Haun, OABC Co-Founder highlighted the company’s growth over the past years, she also thanked Qatar Airways for their membership, support towards the OABC community and their generous sponsorship of the event. Qatar Airways gifted two raffle tickets to the US and provided branded giveaways to all of OABC members.

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Qatar Airways’ Beyond Business program was highlighted and OABC members learned of ways to receive greater benefits through the unique rewards program.

The evening was also complete with a jazz band and lots of nibbles. As always, we also give thanks to our beverage sponsor, OUA, for providing the drinks for the evening.

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As all OABC’s events, the night was a huge success for executives and decision-makers from all nationalities to meet, build relationships, learn and discuss key matters of interest to the business community in Oman.

Find more pictures on our Facebook page.

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Our members were invited to a presentation on Oman’s labour law, in partnership with Global Advocacy and Legal Counsel on Monday, February 10th, from 8 am – 10:30 am at the Jabrin ballroom, in the InterContinental Hotel Muscat.

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The session addressed the nature and relationships between employees and employers – specifically termination of employment relationships, effective ways for dispute resolution, and the role of the government during employment disputes.

The event started at 8 am with coffee, breakfast and a presentation from experts with Global Advocacy and Legal Counsel, followed by case studies and Q & A.

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The event was a huge success with lots of positive feedback. We give special thanks to Abdulredha and his team at Global Advocates for presenting a hot topic and for sharing their expert insights.

Thank you also to all our members who attended and for sending their legal/ HR representatives.



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Members of the OABC were invited for a meet and greet with the U.S. Consular Section Chief, Mr. Manav Jain on Monday, 27th January from 4-6 pm at Bait Al Reem Business Center, 6th Floor (Palm Board Room).

Manav discussed consular section FAQ’s and addressed questions about visas and other services over donuts and coffee from 3rd Street Donuts.

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The session was informative and helped our members receive real, tangible and useful information first-hand.

We thank Manav for his prompt responses with follow-up email queries and for his continued support for our members.




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The Oman American Business Center (OABC) introduced 36 U.S. franchises to Omani investors and entrepreneurs at a two-day event at the Crowne Plaza Muscat, Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre (OCEC), between April 7-8.

Delegates presented brands new to Oman, and connected with attendees during one-on-one meetings on the second day of the event. Opportunities presented included fast casual dining establishments, restaurant experiences, kids’ education, entertainment, fitness, technology, health and more.

Asha Enterprises and Clyde & Co. sponsored the event. Asha Enterprises had experts present to connect with potential franchisees to discuss specific costs and requirements for fit-out and interior design. Joycia Young, Partner at Clyde & Co Dubai, presented legal steps to opening a franchise, as a top franchise law expert in the region.

Joel Stewart, Founder of Integrity Commerical and Omar Al Haza’a, CEO and Founder of Franchise Arabia, partnered with the OABC to invite US companies to the event. “The Oman-US Free Trade Agreement and the positive economic outlook for the Sultanate make this country a key market and country of interest for the brands I represent,” said Stewart.

“I’m very grateful to the OABC for facilitating the first event of its kind in Oman — I was surprised by the new concepts and opportunities presented, and I see a lot of potential for a number of them to succeed in Oman,” says MaanAlasfoor, OABC Member and Business Development Manager at Global Reliance Line.

“As the official affiliate of the US Chamber of Commerce in Oman, we are always looking for new ways to connect Omani and US businesses and to highlight opportunities that could facilitate commercial development between both nations,” says Rebecca Olson, Executive Director at the OABC. “We look forward to hosting similar events in the future.”

From Times in Oman.

Find Clyde & Co. presentation here, more pictures here.