152,539 active businesses

MUSCAT: The number of business activities in different governorates in the third quarter (Q3) in 2017 stood at 152,539, a growth by 1,603 per cent, compared to 8,957 business activities during the same period in 2016, according to the Statistics Department at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. Most of the business activities were focused in the Governorate of Muscat 34.3 per cent, followed by the Governorate of North Al Batinah 15.6 per cent and the Governorate of Dhofar 12.2 per cent.
In terms of the highest number of activities, the Governorate of Muscat came first with 52,340, followed by the Governorate of North Al Batinah with 23,866, the Governorate of Dhofar with 18,591, the Governorate of Al Dakhiliyah with 12,411, the Governorate of North Al Sharqiyah with 11,648, the Governorate of South Al Batinah with 10,257, the Governorate of South Al Sharqiyah with 9,169, the Governorate of Al Dhahirah with 6,181, the Governorate of Al Buraimi with 4,784, the Governorate of Al Wusta with 1,712 and the Governorate of Musandam with 1,580. The ministry affirmed that it continues its efforts to encourage the private sector and enhance its efforts to contribute to the growth of the national economy. — ONA