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Guide to Starting a business in Oman

Formal registration of companies has many immediate benefits for the companies and for business owners and employees. Legal entities can outlive their founders. Resources are pooled as several shareholders join forces to start a company. Formally registered companies have access to services and institutions from courts to banks as well as to new markets. And their employees can benefit from protections provided by the law. An additional benefit comes with limited liability companies. These limit the financial liability of company owners to their investments, so personal assets of the owners are not put at risk. Where governments make registration easy, more entrepreneurs start businesses in the formal sector, creating more good jobs and generating more revenue for the government.

Below is a detailed summary of the bureaucratic and legal hurdles faced by entrepreneurs wishing to incorporate and register a new firm in Oman. It examines the procedures, time and cost involved in launching a commercial or industrial firm with up to 50 employees and start-up capital of 10 times the economy's per-capita gross national income.

This information was collected from World Bank: Doing Business 
No.ProcedureTime to CompleteAssociated Costs
1Deposit the legally required initial capital in a bank1 dayno charge
2Registration with the Commercial Registry at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI)3 daysOMR 40 for business registration (for a duration of 5 years) + OMR 128 for Chamber of Commerce + OMR 15 for registration with Muscat Municipality
3Notification of the Tax Department of the Finance Ministry1 dayno charge
4Register employees for social insurance1 dayno charge
* 5Make a company seal2 days (simultaneous with previous procedure)OMR 50
* Takes place simultaneously with another procedure.
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