Category: Manufacturing

Annual industrial survey covers 963 orgnaisations

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI), represented by the Directorate General of Industry, reported that the percentage of businesses surveyed in the annual industrial survey of medium and large industrial establishments for 2017 amounted to 45 per cent, targeting 963 industrial establishments. The annual industrial survey aims at providing an integrated and up-to-date database […]

Diversification is the key

A strong manufacturing industry is fundamental to Oman’s continued prosperity and vital to boosting the Sultanate’s non-oil exports, says Nicholas P Barakat, CEO of OCTAL Can you share your thoughts on the macro-economic situation and what in your opinion will be the big trends of 2018 in Oman and globally? 2017 was a positive year […]

Ceramic Al Hael factory to start production by Q1 2018

Ceramic Al Hael Company International (CACI) celebrated the launch of its new brand identity. Valued at around RO40mn, CACI is one of the largest ceramic and porcelain tiles manufacturers in Oman. The ceremony was held under the patronage of HH Sayyida Dr Muna bint Fahad bin Mahmoud al Said, and was attended by several senior […]

OCTAL drives two projects of Tanfeedh’s petrochemical lab

  OCTAL, the world’s largest integrated PET resin and sheet producer, will be driving two of the five projects identified during the Petrochemical Lab by Tanfeedh, the National Programme for Enhancing Economic Diversification. Mandated to advise on projects that will contribute to the diversification and growth of Oman’s GDP, the Salalah-based export powerhouse will help […]

New depot for cleaning tanks to open in Sohar Freezone

Joint Tank Services (JTS) will establish a new depot in Sohar Freezone on a 20,000 square metre green-field site. The tailor-made facility will be dedicated to cleaning, storage, repairs and support services for ISO tanks in line with the phenomenal growth of tank container traffic in Sohar Port, said a press release. JTS’s service quality […]

Bright prospects

Mohammed Al Naki, Chairman of Arab International Aluminium Conference (Arabal), talks about the growth prospects and challenges of the regional aluminium industry, in an interview with Muhammed Nafie During the last three and a half decades, Arabal has evolved along with the aluminium industry in the Mena region. Can you talk about the conference’s role […]

Oman’s SGRF to develop port, industrial zone in Tanzania

A major integrated project to develop a port and an adjoining industrial zone in Tanzania by the Sultanate’s State General Reserve Fund (SGRF), along with its partner China Merchants Ports (CMPorts), has received approval from the Government of Tanzania. The proposal included dredging of the navigational channel, construction of a port and logistics park, and […]


Sohar Aluminium is hosting the 2017 Arab International Aluminium Conference or ARABAL in Muscat from November 7–9 2017. Said Al Masoudi, CEO, Sohar Aluminium explains its uniqueness and differentiation. Mayank Singh reports The theme of ARABAL is ‘driving strategic growth across the global aluminium industry.’ What are the key takeaways that delegates can look forward […]

Oman Porcelain launches metallic, large-sized tiles

Oman Porcelain Company has launched a premium and exclusive range of lavish metallic and large-sized tiles called Metallica and Garnde respectively, at the recently held India Oman Business Meet in Sohar. The product lines were unveiled under the auspices of HE Eng Ahmed Bin Hassan Al Dheeb, undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, […]