The total number of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) registered in the Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises Development till the end of May this year stood at 53,166, compared to 44,197 in May last year, posting an increase of 20.3 per cent, according to the data released by the National Centre for Statistics and information (NCSI).
Among the governorates, the Governorate of Muscat topped the list with 20.3 per cent of the total registered SMEs, followed by North Batinah with 20.4 per cent, Dakhiliyah with 18.5 per cent, Dhofar with 19.3 per cent, South Batinah with 23.6 per cent, North Sharqiah with 17.5 per cent, South Sharqiah with 25.5 per cent, Dhahira with 14.7 per cent, Buraimi with 22.3 per cent, Al-Wusta with 39 per cent and the Governorate of Musandam with 17.3 per cent.
The number of SMEs registered in the Governorate of Muscat stood at 17,927 at the end of May, followed by North Batinah with 8,411, Dakhiliyah with 6,616, Dhofar with 4,439, South Batinah with 4,049, North Sharqiah with 3,527, South Sharqiah with 3,158, Dhahira with 3,016 and the Governorate of Buraimi with 1,135 registered SMEs.
The number of SMEs registered in the Governorate of Al- Wusta stood at 691 and 197 in Musandam, the lowest number of SMEs registered in any governorate during the perio
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