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The OIA now manages over 16 billion Omani rials of assets in 40 countries. Image Credit: Shutterstock

The Oman Investment Authority has boosted its assets to $41.5 billion as the sultanate’s wealth fund increases its holdings in real estate, technology and logistics.

The OIA, as the fund is known, now manages over 16 billion Omani rials of assets in 40 countries and has achieved an annual average return of 10.3 per cent, according to its 2021 annual review. The fund is also investing in stocks, bonds and short-term assets, as well as in logistics, service sector, mining and industrial projects, it said.

The bulk of the OIA’s investments are in the Sultanate of Oman, which make up 61.5 per cent of its portfolio. North America accounts for 17 per cent of its holdings, Western Europe 9.3 per cent, and Asia Pacific 4.7 per cent, it said.

Oman in 2020 combined its two wealth funds into one entity that would hold assets valued at about $17 billion. Earlier this year, the sultanate split the OIA into two units overseeing local and foreign assets. The so-called Generational Portfolio consists of mostly foreign assets and will focus on “achieving the greatest returns for future generations”.

In October, Ibrahim Al Eisri, director of private equity at OIA, said the wealth fund was looking at deals in the UK due to the falling currency.

The Abu Dhabi wealth fund ADQ and the OIA have also identified investments worth $8 billion in the sultanate. The funds are looking into new projects across sectors including hydrogen, solar and wind, green aluminum and steel, as well as water and electricity transmission lines.