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Omani start-ups to strengthen virtual market

27 Apr 2020 By MOHAMMED TAHA

The Oman Technology Fund (OTF) has announced funding support for two new Omani start-ups that will help strengthen the virtual marketplace during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 

Sehatek and Nafas join a total of nine online platforms named by the government-backed fund as beneficiaries of assistance from a special purse of RO1mn earmarked for innovative IT initiatives that help reduce the effects of the outbreak. 

Sehatek is an online advanced medical platform that serves freely and directly the patients in the sultanate and around the world. This is accomplished through a selection of a number of elite volunteers from across diverse medical specialities. Sehatek platform’s design is based on a mix of both robotics and data analysis. The platform provides top-quality medical services to Oman’s citizens. It also acts as a platform for direct communication between professional medical experts and patients during this pandemic.  

Nafas is a consulting company active in the MENA region, in collaboration with experts from all over the world. It covers various fields with special interest in innovative technologies, business consultancy and in-country value. It was founded in Oman in 2015 to offer project management and advisory services, across MENA region. 

Already, seven previous start-ups have taken off in recent weeks since OTF announced funding support for their initiatives. They include Behar, which was launched earlier to buy fish from the central fish market in Al Fulaij; Athmar, an online platform which operates and manages the wholesale market at Mawaleh market. 

Ashal is an online teaching platform set up for the benefit of students who are encouraged to study from home. Edlal is the first Omani open e-learning platform which seeks to prepare young Omanis to join the workforce by equipping them with the market. 

Drewel specialises in the home delivery of vegetables, fruits, meat, foodstuff and household goods. It provides big support for Omani farmers. It helps them promote their produce in Oman. 

It added that the eighth platform Hadaya specialises in selling and gifting roses online.  OTF said, ‘Tharwa, an online platform works on organising and marketing the supply and demand process in the domestic and imported meat sector. 

The platform also provides a communication channel between suppliers and consumers in the retail sector and individuals.’ 

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