Pioneering Achievements

Inspired by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said and led by its visionary Chairman Dr. Omar Zawawi, the Omzest Group is steadily moving towards strong Omanisation on one hand and ambitious globalization on the other.

Omzest has played a pioneering role in the all round development of the Sultanate of Oman and has always taken its role to be beyond just business, and this reflects in its impressive list of accomplishments and firsts including the facts that it:

  • built the first school and hospital complexes in Oman at six locations (Nizwa, Sohar, Rustaq, Sur, Buraimi and Samayel);
  • founded the first group to operate the port at Mina Sultan Qaboos;
  • created Oman International Services, the precursor to Oman Aviation Services;
  • planned and built the first colour TV station in Oman and the Gulf;
  • was consultant for the first private cement factory in Oman, Raysut Cement Company;
  • founded the first 100% Omani owned bank – Oman International Bank;
  • entered into joint venture with Overseas Trust Bank of Hong Kong and Singapore to form Oman Overseas Trust Bank which was then renamed Bank Muscat.

Omzest’s Other Milestones

  • In 2001, Omzest started the Waljat Colleges of Applied Sciences in association with the Birla Institute of Technology of India.
  • Developed Sohar Industrial Port to boost the role of Oman’s seaports in trade and other economic activities.
  • Started a major methanol project with MAN Ferrostaal AG of Germany and Methanol Holdings (Trinidad). The Oman Methanol plant is all set to become one of the world’s largest methanol converters.

“We are humbled by the opportunity given to us in Oman’s nation building and at the same time, proud of our contribution. It is our sincere prayer that this list continues to grow longer as our dreams, along with the dreams of every Omani, come true.” – Dr. Omar Zawawi

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