ITB Berlin to generate big rewards for Oman as official partner
The Sultanate of Oman will participate in the ITB Berlin (Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin) 2020 between March 4 and 8, as an official partner of this largest world exhibition of the global tourism industry.
The Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA) in cooperation with Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) on Wednesday launched a national initiative to plant 10mn wild tree saplings in the next ten years.
Known for its farms, trees, fruits and wadis, the beautiful Jebel Akhdar in the Governorate of Dakhliyah has seen a huge growth in tourist arrivals in the first six months this year, stated the Ministry of Tourism.
Muscat: Muscat Municipality announced the closure of the Al Amerat and Al Naseem parks for construction work and maintenance of facilities for visitors. The parks will be closed from Thursday December 5, 2019.
French media hails Oman as ‘Hidden Treasure of the East’
PARIS: French media described the Sultanate as the hidden treasure of the East. It pointed out that Oman is between the Middle East and Asia, which keeps its secrets, but also shares its culture and nature.
MUSCAT: The total revenues of hotels in the three-to-five-star category rose by 9.3 per cent to RO 127.6 million till the end of July compared to RO 116.8 million for the same period during the previous year.
Salalah: Any time is a good time in Salalah. Post khareef (monsoon) season there is no sign of rains but the greenery on the mountains is still there and most of them are covered with different kinds of flowers.
The trap cameras installed by the Wildlife Protection Units of the Directorate-General of Environment and Climate Affairs in Dhofar Governorate have captured the image of Arabian leopards in the governorate.
The Ministry of Transport and Communications opened the Al Fai-Al Wajajah road on Monday. The road starts from Shinas in the Governorate of Al Batinah North and ends in Al Fai village in the Governorate of Al Buraimi.
DON’T LET MOSQUITOES, INSECTS RUIN YOUR KHAREEF HOLIDAYS
Though fresh water lakes are tempting, experts advise to avoid swimming in them because they are unchlorinated and can be breeding ground for mosquitoes and other insects who thrive immensely during the khareef season in Salalah.
Quintessential Marquetry: Intricate artistry on wood
On a recent visit to Muttrah Souk, intricately carved wooden jewellery boxes caught my eye. Decorated with typically Islamic geometric patterns and inlaid with shell and bone, the impossibly detailed designs made me wonder about the skill of the artisans and the amount of time and effort that must have gone into creating them. It [...]
Over 11K tourists visit Jabal Akhdhar during Eid holiday
Muscat: There was a huge influx of tourists at a number of destinations of the Sultanate during Eid Al Fitr holiday. Tourists enjoyed natural elements of the country and saw its heritage in a family atmosphere.
Ministry of Tourism plans for more tour guide Omanisation
Muscat: The Ministry of Tourism has said that as part of efforts to Omanise jobs that relate to the Sultanate’s culture, it will always strive to push for Omanisation of tour guide jobs based on languages.
MUSCAT: The total revenue of hotels in the three-to-five-star category rose by 10.4 per cent to RO 71.3 million till the end of March 2019 compared to RO 64.6 million for the same period the previous year.
Old mosque in Nizwa tells fascinating tales of the past
The ash-Shawadina mosque of al Aqr District in Nizwa is amongst the oldest mosques in Oman. Its different features have a lot to tell about history through its architectural structure, script, motifs and the decorative pieces used in the focal point – its mihrab.
MUSCAT – From extreme sports, hot-air ballooning to via ferratas, trekking and caving, the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) along with other stakeholders is working to make Oman one of the top sports and adventure destinations in the world.
AN Omani man mending fishing net or a lady’s hand-sewing a ‘kuma’ cap are perfect photo opportunities. But an IT professional based in Muscat with an eye for detail has given a different meaning by catching them on frame.
Musandam petroglyphs offer a glimpse into Oman’s ancient past
Petroglyphs are carvings created by scratching and chipping the surface of rocks. These ancient etchings were made by ‘artists’ who scratched or removed the top layer of the rock’s surface with a sharp tool.
Oman Aquarium cuts entry fee by half for three categories
Muscat: Students, families receiving social security and people with special needs will now be able to visit the aquarium at Mall of Muscat for half price, according to the chairman of Al Jarwani Group.
Preview plan to let you enjoy Oman’s snow park before its opening
Muscat: Oman’s first snow park is set to open by the end of this year at Mall of Muscat, but visitors can look forward to a preview over the summer months, according to the chairman of Al Jarwani Group.
MUSCAT – To boost tourism and spread the culture of tourism among school students, the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) in cooperation with the Ministry of Education (MoE) organised an art exhibition in North Batinah.
Divers reveal challenges of exploring Portuguese shipwreck off Oman
Muscat: The leader of the diving team which discovered, off the coast of Oman, a fifteenth century mariner’s astrolabe and ship’s bell has shared the experience and challenges they faced during their expedition.
Muscat Airport’s prime lounge smashes one year target in style
Muscat: The state-of-the-art lounge that offers ultimate comfort round the clock at the Muscat International Airport has smashed its projected target and welcomed 350,000 travellers in its first year of business.
MESSAGE OF ISLAM EXHIBITION TO TOUR OMAN FOR 5 YEARS
MUSCAT – After travelling to more than 35 countries across the world, the Message of Islam Exhibition will travel to different wilayats of the sultanate for five years. These exhibitions will be held in different castles and forts.
Muscat: The 29ith edition of Comex exhibition kicks off next Sunday, under the patronage of Sayyid Kamil bin Fahad Al Said, Assistant Secretary-General for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers.
Muscat: The total revenue of Omani hotels in the three-to-five-star category rose by 14.3% to RO 22.7 million till the end of January 2019 compared to RO 19.8 million for the same period of the previous year.
Enaam Ahmed’s solo exhibition Faces of Memory at Gallery Sarah that opened on Wednesday is a showcase of Omani customs and traditions put together in a collection of artworks rendered in hues of nostalgia.
Watching Omani artist Aflah al Rashdi work with a brush on canvas reminds one of a graceful dancer. The canvas as his stage, he navigates around it so easy one would think he was more playing than actually painting.
TOURISM ARRIVALS TO RISE 5% ANNUALLY BY 2023: REPORT
MUSCAT – Tourism arrivals to Oman will increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of five per cent between 2018 and 2023 to 3.5mn, according to data released ahead of Arabian Travel Market 2019 (ATM),