The Economist | Oman is benefiting from the standoff over Qatar, for now

As other neighbours seek to isolate Qatar, Oman lets vital supplies get through.

The Economist
September 2017

Sohar Port - The Economist

The Omani port of Sohar usually slows down during the summer. But this year it is buzzing. According to a government official, cargo volumes are up by 30% in the past few months, as more ships arrive carrying goods bound for Qatar. Such is the level of traffic that the Qatari ambassador to Oman hails the sultanate’s ports as the new gateway to his country, supplanting the port of Jebel Ali in Dubai, which is part of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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As we all return to work after a summer break it is pleasing to see Oman receive some positive international recognition. 

Earlier this month The Economist printed a story on how Oman is benefiting from the standoff over Qatar. While this dispute among neighbours has been unsettling for many it has had a positive impact on Oman. It also provides added impetus for Oman’s economic diversification into logistics.  

As reported in the lead story of this month’s Oman Economic Review, under the heading “Gateways to future growth”: Ports and free zones are becoming game-changers for Oman’s long-term economic growth, as the government is focusing on logistics to supplant the hydrocarbon sector as the nation’s economic mainstay.


The Sultanate of Oman consistently receives positive international media coverage. 

  • This year Newsweek published a positive article about Oman under the heading “How Much Longer Can Oman Be An Oasis of Peace in the Middle East?” that emphasised the relative safety and stability of Oman. This article went out to a global audience of more than 15 million people.  Click here for details and analysis of the article.
  • More recently the World Economic Forum (WEF) published the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2017 (TTCR). The report, which rated 136 countries, ranks Oman as #4 in the world for Safety and Security.  Click here for details and analysis of the article. 
  • From a culinary perspective, Anthony Bourdain, in the CNN show, Parts Unknown, was lavish in his praise of Oman stating “Oman, if you haven’t gathered already, is a remarkable place.” Click here for more details.

Earlier in the year two other news reports promoted the tourism offerings from the Sultanate to a potential market of more than 90 million people.

As the tourism industry in the Sultanate of Oman matures and expands, such positive and high profile articles are exposing Oman to a potential new market of millions. These articles clearly support the international marketing efforts of His Majesty’s Government, particularly the Ministry of Tourism.

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Mac Thomson

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