1 year ago by Jack Evangelides


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With so much going on in the UK and the Gulf over the last year, you could be forgiven for having missed the May announcement of Oman Air`s Muscat-Manchester route. People looking to fly between the Britain and the GCC already have plenty of options to choose from, so what makes this new route particularly interesting? While Manchester Airport already has a daily flight to the UAE, Oman represents an entirely new prospect - previously the only scheduled flights from the UK to Oman were from London airports. The rationale behind the route is clear; Oman has seen a 17.7% increase in visitors from the UK and Ireland over the past three years, and the country`s capital Muscat is very much in the ascendancy. The waterfront city has benefited from significant development over the last few years and has seen strong growth in tourism – with British nationals representing the third largest contingent of visitors. The city represents a charming alternative to the steel and glass of other regional capitals, and offers a different sort of Arabian escape.
As well as being a symbol of Muscat`s growing high profile, the new route also rewards Manchester`s increasing prominence as an exciting UK destination. The city has established itself as London`s leading rival in recent years, is now home to much of the BBC, has the third busiest airport in Britain; and is regarded by many to have superseded Birmingham as the UK`s second city. With the UK set to leave the European Union, there will be a new emphasis on developing relationships with allies farther afield. The UK has always enjoyed a close relationship with Oman and is the country`s largest foreign investor, so it makes perfect sense for British companies to both strengthen existing ties with the Sultanate and develop new ones.
As well as delivering an enormous $50 billion infrastructure vision, the Omani government is also working hard to develop the country`s fishing, petrochemical and tourism industries. These are all fields in which British companies are uniquely well placed to contribute, and so the opening of a new air route between Manchester and Muscat could not have come at a better time. And with so much buzz around the world`s great metro-poles, it`s great to see two historic cities establishing new credentials as business and travel hubs. At Cedar Rose we are playing a central role in helping organisations of all shapes and sizes to stay secure and compliant when they`re operating in the Middle East and North Africa. If you`re interested in exploring the opportunities for business in the region, see what we can do for you at   Sourced Image: Blogsot