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Omani Creativestake Dubai by Storm
August 12th, 2014
Muscat Twenty four Omani craft businesses exhibited their products at Dubai Mall in the United Arab Emirates this past weekend. Organized by Ithraa in partnership with the SME Authority, the show was an opportunity for Oman’s craft industries to expand into the UAE market and increase the Sultanate’s exports of jewelry, silverware, as well as unique and contemporary cosmetics, fragrances and soap and bath products. “Oman’s craft sector is dominated by micro-businesses. However, given the underlying skill and talent of craft workers in Oman and the positive market reputation for Omani crafts, we’ve a comparative advantage in this sector. While there are challenges facing the industry there’s also potential for growth and for the sector to expand exports, output and employment,” said Mrs. Nasima Al Balushi, Ithraa’s Director General of Export Development. According to several exhibitors, the show was extremelywell received, so much so that manysold their entire stock at the event and some signed export deals. “Given the buzz the show created,” remarked Ithraa’s Director General of Export Development: “We believe there are significant opportunities for Omani craft businesses to break into new markets both at home and abroad, securing valuable orders and creating new jobs locally. We’re fully committed to helpingOman’s craft sectorand offer everything from market intelligence, access to international trade representatives through tobusinessand export advice.” Emaad Al Shekali, Ithraa’s Director of Export Facilitation added: “Consumers around the worldare beginning to realize the importance of provenance and are searching outauthentic products. Indeed, Oman’s long history and reputation for craft and design is beginning to be recognized and this is offering local craft companies some very exciting commercial possibilities. The Dubai Mall exhibition gave savvy UAE consumers the opportunity to discover Omani craftsmanship and a range of high-end products.Judging from response of those that visited the show, the volume of sales and the contacts made, it’s clear that theevent was a tremendous success.”
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