Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Strong appetite for Islamic finance products in Oman

MUSCAT: Omani consumers have expressed a strong appetite for Islamic finance with a rapid take-up of banking products expected within the first 12 months of being launched.

These are key findings published yesterday from Oman’s first independent market study, entitled ‘Islamic Finance in Oman – Sizing the retail market’.

The report was independently commissioned and published by IFAAS (Islamic Finance Advisory & Assurance Services), the international Islamic Finance consultancy.

The report, analyses the retail market for Islamic finance in Oman across all sectors of the financial market, including banking, finance and insurance. It examines the current behaviour of consumers and measures future market trends to gauge the real potential of Islamic finance in Oman.

The report fulfils the demand for empirical data that new and existing players need to develop their business plans using robust scientific information. Key findings from the report reveal: About 85 per cent of consumers in Oman expressed an interest in Islamic finance products, of which 59 per cent were very interested and 26 per cent quite interested. (Times News Service, 27 December 2011)