The Bahwan name made its debut in Oman's commercial life in 1965 with a shop named Suhail & Saud Bahwan, established by the two brothers in the Muttrah 'Souk'. Initial trading comprised building materials and fishing nets. Following the sea faring traditions of his ancestors, Suhail Bahwan had his initial trading experience aboard the vessels that plied the routs to Western India and the Upper Gulf from his native village Sur, an eastern seaport of Oman. Soon he turned his attention towards securing agencies of internationally reputed brands. Initial success was in 1968/69 with Toshiba and Seiko. With His Majesty. Sultan Qaboos coming to power in 1970, Oman opened up to the outside world. A demand for industrial and consumer goods was created that had never been experienced before. The business acumen of Suhail bahwan won him prestigious franchises from leading international manufacturers and service providers.
Today, with their enormous resources, Suhail Bahwan Group is one of the largest and most professionally managed business organizations of the Middle East. With the business footprint in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, the group's current annualized turnover exceed US $ 3 Billion (year 2008), and employs more than 15000 personnel in more than 40 operating companies.
At Suhail Bahwan Group, we consider understanding and anticipating customer needs as crucial to our continued success. We believe in "customers for life" concept and strive to provide the best value for money to our customers by offering world-class products and services. We believe that it is inspired employees who set great companies apart from ordinary ones. Winning the trust of all our business associates, be it customers, suppliers, employees or society at large is essential to our continued success.
As a responsible organization, we strive to be a good corporate citizen by actively participating in the task of nation building. We are committed to invest in projects of national importance under the able guidance of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos.
We believe, to grow in a dynamic business environment, we need to anticipate and embrace change and continuously reinvent ourselves. Our vision is to build, own and promote world-class business and brands internationally. We continue to actively pursue opportunities in the manufacturing activities in and outside Oman across various industries either on our own or along with global partners that bring domain expertise and value consonance. Our investments in services & technology sector, in addition to the widespread retailing activities, will continue to be our focus areas for the group going forward.