‘Social entrepreneurship needs to be promoted to boost SMEs’
Aisha Baabood has dedicated herself to the centre, which she says is the first of its kind in the Gulf Cooperation Council region

Takaful Oman reports profit in first quarter 2015
Company reported a profit of OMR650,000 from a gross income of OMR2.4 million in the first quarter of 2015.

Luxembourg keen to cooperate with Oman in Islamic finance: Minister
Minister said that there is a wide range of areas where the two countries can cooperate and enhance bilateral trade, which is currently a ‘small’ figure.

Oman's industrial sector set for continued growth
Non-oil sector, driven in part by industry, is pegged to lead growth in 2015, according to a report by the US-based Institute of International Finance

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Cadillac Middle East sales grow 33 per cent in first quarter
Overall quarterly result was boosted by the highest March sales on record. Last month’s sales were 70% higher than the same period in 2014
European Union hopes of Iran gas imports in future
EU is betting on so-called Southern Corridor pipelines to supply gas to southern Europe via Turkey from fields in Azerbaijan and nearby countries, including Iran
Oman share index rises marginally
Sunday’s top gainer was Al Maha Ceramics, up by 2.69 per cent while United Power, down by 9.97%, was the top loser.
Sixty Omani businessmen to explore Iran’s market
Companies which will visit Tehran are operating in a variety of fields including education, construction, infrastructure and tourism, in addition to food stuff, finance, banking and marble
Private deposits at Oman's commercial banks rise 11 per cent
Central Bank of Oman bulletin pointed out that the total value for these deposits include OMR10,498.1 million and OMR827.5 million in foreign currencies.
World Bank, Arab Monetary Fund to fund Arab region development
Initiative includes collaboration on joint strategies for promoting the development of financial markets and trade among countries, and inclusive economic growth and job creation in Arab region
College of Banking and Financial Studies holds preparatory training course for banks
Training course enables documentary credit practitioners to demonstrate practical knowledge and understanding of the complex issues associated with documentary credit practice.
Industrial investments in Gulf countries touch $23 billion
Cumulated value of these investments was estimated at $23 billion and they offered jobs to 59,200 workers, according to data available with the Gulf Organisation for Industrial Consulting IMI Plus
OMR1.3 billion worth of real estate transactions signed by February-end in Oman
Value of mortgage contracts increased by 241.6 per cent to hit OMR849.3 million, as compared to OMR248.6 million during the same period in 2014.
G20 more upbeat on growth, but officials still fret over Greece deal
In a communique after a two-day meeting, G20 finance ministers and central bankers welcomed brighter economic signs in rich nations, but lamented weakness in emerging markets
New Google security chief looks for balance with privacy
Eschelbeck speaks of using Google’s massive scope to protect users from cyber villains such as spammers and state-sponsored spies.
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Investors urged to capitalise on ‘Make in India’ drive
Addressing a gathering of United Arab Emirates (UAE) business leaders at Taj Dubai on April 12, he discussed at length the “Make In India” campaign as well as investment opportunities across sectors.
US core consumer prices show inflation picking up
A strengthening labour market may be giving workers the confidence to seek bigger wage concessions, which would prompt companies to raise prices for goods and services
Japan, US seek to seal free trade deal before summit
Amari’s comments followed the submission of a bill to the US Congress that would give President Barack Obama the authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact.

Earthquake in Sea of Oman jolts Muscat
Meanwhile, residents in and around Muscat said that they have felt the earthquake at around 3pm which lasted for a few seconds.
20 reasons why expats love living in Oman
Here is why expatriates love living in the Sultanate
New rules set to curb dubious hiring of expats in Oman
The government is planning to enact a new legislation to keep tabs on the absconders hired through illegal recruitment process and crack down on the offenders
SpiceJet to add two Muscat-Ahmedabad flights
The two additional flights will depart from Ahmedabad every Wednesday and Sunday at 11 p.m. and depart from Muscat every Thursday and Monday at 1.10 a.m.
Old house shows way for home-stay tourism in Oman
The house, which is estimated to be 500 to 700 years old, has been in the family for 150 years. Rather than abandon it, the family lets guests experience life and culture of the village
Malaysian prime minister and wife sue opposition politician for slander
The suit called the remarks, which related to the lifting of government subsidies on fuel last year, a "grave slander and libel", and "utterly" false
Sunday Beat: Oman needs to weed out bad commercial practices
Consumer protection in Oman is still in its infancy. Many control mechanisms need to be beefed up to eliminate trading unfairness.
SpaceX Dragon cargo ship arrives at International Space Station with food and supplies for astronauts
The Canadian-made robotic arm pulled the cargo ship closer for berthing at 9:29am (1329 GMT), NASA said
VIDEO: Official preview of all-new BMW 7 Series
Here's the official preview video of the all new BMW 7 Series.
Working mums seek improved child care units in Oman
Many employed women are not comfortable with leaving their infants in the hands of poorly skilled maids
Oman accidents: Focus back on drivers after bus hits girl
The Indian School Mabela student has been lying unconscious in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Sultan Qaboos Hospital since Wednesday.
Oman accidents: Focus back on drivers after bus hits girl
The Indian School Mabela student has been lying unconscious in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Sultan Qaboos Hospital since Wednesday.