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This research aims to determine the characteristics and functions of civil society in the Omani society, focusing on its most important constraints, and determining the mechanisms for its activation. The research is descriptive and analytical, and is based on social surveying of members of the boards of directors of civil society organizations in Muscat governorate. The research uses an interview schedule, which was administered during Fall 2012 semester. The research found out that civil society organizations face a range of obstacles that prevent them from achieving their goals. These include, constraints due to the goals of the organization, administrative and organizational structure, funding and financial resources, regulations and work systems, organization’s programmes, training, coordination and networking. The research suggests some mechanisms with a view to addressing these constraints.