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Oracle opens in Oman

Enterprise software behemoth Oracle has made its move in Oman, opening an office at Muscat’s Knowledge Village Oasis. Oracle is the latest in a string of major vendors to boost their presence in Oman, attracted by strong economic growth in the Sultanate.

Enterprise software behemoth Oracle has made its move in Oman, opening an office at Muscat’s Knowledge Village Oasis. Oracle is the latest in a string of major vendors to boost their presence in Oman, attracted by strong economic growth in the Sultanate.

HP established an office in Oman earlier this year and Microsoft also boosted its channel engagement model in the Sultanate with the appointment of Hesham El-Shamy as a dedicated in-country partner account manager.

Having served a number of customers in Oman out of its office in the UAE, Oracle claims that its decision to move in-country will provide it with the opportunity to expand its channel partner base in the Sultanate. The existing partner community in Oman have already delivered several strong customer wins for Oracle.

Oracle says that its decision to open an office in Oman will allow it to carry out more complete infrastructure consultation reviews. Simultaneously, the channel team will be focused on the emerging small and medium enterprise (SME) sector, which shows potential for rapid growth in the Sultanate driven by a boom in telecommunications and privatisation across the public sector.

“Oman has always been a critical market for Oracle in the Gulf States,” said Ayman Abouseif, managing director at Oracle Gulf. “Having a direct presence will encourage closer teamwork with the vertical teams based in Dubai, enhancing our ability to serve our existing customers and bringing Oracle’s software to the market more rapidly than at present.”

“We have a great opportunity in Muscat to partner with the forward thinking educational establishments, especially from our base in Knowledge Oasis, next door to one of the country’s leading universities,” continued Abouseif. “We will be working with our partners and customers in the country to look for opportunities to embark on initiatives such as introducing Oracle University programmes in Oman — Oracle’s global programme to accelerate learning and certification on Oracle Technologies.”

Knowledge Oasis Muscat, the location for Oracle’s new office is emerging as the centrepiece of Oman’s flourishing ICT sector. The three-year-old Ruisayl-based technology park offers more then 20,000 square metres of high quality office space and meeting facilities.

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