Saudi delegation briefed about Oman business opportunities
A trade team from Saudi Arabia was briefed on the potential areas for investment in the Sultanate during the Omani-Saudi Investment and Trade Forum

CBO board meet okays economic and financial report
Board reviewed various issues on the agenda, including the economic and financial report upto September 30, as well as the activity report of CBO’s departments during the period under review

Oman share index ends higher
The top gainer of the day was Raysut Cement, up by 9.92 per cent, while Al Jazeera Steel, down by 3.41 per cent, was the top loser of the day

Oil-price drop will be real test for Gulf: Experts
At $65 a barrel, GCC states, which hold a third of the world’s crude reserves, would run a combined budget deficit of 6 per cent of GDP, says Arqaam Capital

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