Traditional markets in Oman are not as crowded as they used to be prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Online marketplaces including MarkeetEx, Azooz and Talabat have become increasingly popular with Omani consumers. MarkeetEx saw its orders increase by over 350 percent on a week-over-week basis in March.
Government support has been provided to Omani businesses that are suffering financial hardship as a result of COVID-19. The Oman Technology Fund (OFT) has also allocated US$2.6 million to support start-ups during the pandemic. The start-up behar.market, for instance, was set up with support from the OFT to help local fishermen sell their fresh seafood to customers across Oman.
Oman Air will resume international flights on 1 October.