Oman needs to be viewed from the Indian Ocean rather than the Rub Al Khali, the vocab for Beirut can’t be applied to Sur. Oman was never really one country until 1971, or 1979 with the Imamate and the Dhofar Revolution but national integration was successful during Baba Qaboos, the Late Sultan. Oil was a booster pack but never had the leverage of Abu Dhabi. The locus of analysis itself is problematic. Oman should be compared to Ajman in UAE rather than Dubai.
The former Sultans are being reinstated at the National Museum at present, and large realignments happening with Riyadh via Ibri.
Today i found Bangali Kichuri in Pasar Panjang, run by a man from Digha who was chatting away in Tamil with his owners. The tattooed chef serves up a mean khichuri. It had the essence of ghorua khichuri. Happiness comes in a bite (or a full plate)!
Culture is a vital aspect of any entrepreneurship venture as Oman has a culture of dhando vado, with the Shia Lawatiyahs and Hindu Banias from Kutch, however the inland tribes were not as mobile. Oman had a maritime empire before oil, and that spirit needs to be recovered. An effective way would be to tap talent within the trader castes aka Omani Lawatiyahs or Ajmis for entrepreneurship. Oman is not talent void.