The total number of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) registered with the Public Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises Development (Riyada) at the end of September 2020 was 46,577, which is an increase by 12.9% compared to the same period of 2019, according to the data released by the National Centre for Statistics and information (NCSI).
Among the governorates, Muscat topped the list with 33% SMEs registered till the end of September 2020, followed by Al-Batinah North with 16%, Ad Dakhliyah with 13% and Dhofar with 8%, and the rest of governorates with 30%.
The Governorate of Muscat had 15,591 SMEs registered at the end of September 2020, followed by Al Batinah North with 7,357, Ad-Dakhliyah with 5,896 , Dhofar with 3,882, Al Batinah South with 3,477, and Ash-Sharqiah North with 3,142 SMEs registered.
This was followed by Adh-Dhahirah with 2,740 SMEs, Ash-Sharqiah South with 2,718 SMEs, and Al-Buraymi with 996 SMEs registered.
Al Wusta had 600 SMEs registered and Musandam had 178 SMEs registered, which was the lowest among governorates registered at the end of September 2020.
The total number of SMEs registered in the month of August 2020 was 45,706, while the number of SMEs in the month of July 2020 was 45,094.