Higher oil prices and a boost to gas output will see Oman finish 2017 strongly despite a ratings downgrade. As BP plots further gas expansion and heavyweights Eni and Oxy grab the latest exploration blocks, there is cause for quiet optimism.

 

As with the other GCC oil exporters, low crude prices have taken a toll on Oman’s government coffers. Nominal GDP fell from OR31.5bn ($81.8bn) in 2014 to just OR25.5bn ($66.3bn) last year.

But things have started looking up in recent...