NBC EMBRACES YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS

MUSCAT: The National Business Centre (NBC) which falls under the umbrella of the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (PEIE) is incubating successful models of Small and Medium Enterprises which are continually growing and expanding further aiming at contributing to the advancement of the sultanate.

Among these successful models are Al Salama Fire Engineering Consultancy founded by Hilal al Rawahi, and Taraneem Design (owner Sumaiya al Ghaithi).

Those who have passion for entrepreneurship should work hard, each in his own field, and eventually reflect the positive outcomes of the efforts on the country, Rawahi stressed.

Rawahi says Al Salama Fire Engineering Consultancy was established in 2014 to be one of the consultancies that are registered and approved by the civil defence and is specialised in designing buildings to meet the requirements of Fire Hazard Prevention Department at the Directorate General of Civil Defence along with NFPA codes which are used for life safety and protection of buildings from fire loss.

“The presence of a group of old companies is still dominating over the SMEs. I hope a specialised committee for the SMEs will be activated in the right method to enhance the spirit of cooperation in the various fields,” Rawahi said, adding, “By joining the National Business Centre, we are receiving various and significant types of support including having field visits, being introduced to the mega companies and enhance relations, and attending training courses and guidance programmes.”

However, he noted that the field of SMEs in Oman faces a lack of manpower, visas, material support and counseling support to start the projects.

On her part, Sumaiya, owner of Taraneem Design, believes that if the Omani youth follow their passion, productivity will get boosted in various fields. Holding master degrees from the UK and US, Sumaiya is known as an interior designer and a talented business woman.

Describing her passion for design, Sumaiya says, “I have been a designer all my life even before I opened Taraneem Design doors. Design is running in my blood.”

While facing certain challenges, Sumaiya never gave up until Taraneem Design turned into a reality. “We are specialised in commercial and high end residential interior design to create luxurious functional spaces.”