Oman Tech Startups
Oman is building its tech startup ecosystem across the country in a bid to emulate its neighbours in the GCC. In 2016, the Oman Investment Fund allocated $200m for the creation of the Oman Technology Fund. This is a great start towards building an ecosystem for tech startups in the Sultanate. But a lot more work is required before the startup scene in Oman can truly take off. Here are some of the most promising examples.
Al Etijahat for Design
One of the Omani tech startups, Al Etijahat for Design, has been providing integrated design solutions to businesses since 2012. The Omani company’s highly trained graphic designers produce impressive interior and exterior designs, as well as TV advertisements and websites. They can also conceptualize model houses, offices, and landscapes. Their services are based on Omani design standards, and the Omani workforce has experience in the fields of architecture, business, and marketing.
Another startup that was recently launched in Oman is KI-BROS Productions. Co-founded by Dawood and Yasir Al-Kiyumi, KI-BROS Productions has successfully graduated from Oman’s SAS Center for Entrepreneurship. The company’s team of talented designers and editors creates consistently high-quality content for the market. KI-BROS uses computer-generated and live-action technologies to produce original content. Their recent projects include a TV production for Akassa.
In the near future, Oman will begin to foster a thriving startup ecosystem. While there are not many incubators and accelerator programmes in Oman, the government is taking measures to grow the country’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Through its Vision 2040, the Omani government is aiming to become a global technology and SME hub. It has invested in a number of Omani startups but also invested in Pakistani ones.
One of the most popular video products made in Oman is from Kl-Bros Productions, a company founded by Dawood and Yasir Al-Kiyumi. The company uses talented 3D artists and screenwriters to create a blend of computer-generated videos and live-action footage. Their productions have appeared on the Akassa television show.