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Hotels occupancy rates drop by 7.6%: Report

Muscat: The total revenues of the Sultanate’s hotels in the three-to-five-star category rose by 8.2 percent to RO141,329 million till the end of August 2019

Muscat welcomes first cruise ship of the season

The arrival of the first cruise ship, Mein Schiff 5, at the Port Sultan Qaboos in Muttrah on Friday, has kick started this year’s cruise tourism season

Adventure activities at Qurum Nature Reserve tomorrow

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA) is conducting activities on October 21 at Qurum Nature Reserve for families, especially children.

Hotel revenues up by 8.2 pc

MUSCAT: The total revenues of the Sultanate’s hotels in the three-to-five-star category rose by 8.2 per cent to RO141,329 million till the end of August 2019

Oman mountain resort is Middle East’s second best

Condé Nast Traveler announced recently the results of its annual Readers’ Choice Awards and of the hundreds of hotels and resorts in the region,

26 Omani photographers to show works on women’s day

To mark Omani Women’s Day, 26 women photographers from the sultanate will showcase their works on Tuesday,

Three hotels in Muscat to open this year

The Ghubrah area of Muscat will be home to two prestigious hotels in the coming months.

GCC Tourism City for 2020 named

MUSCAT: The GCC Ministers of Tourism held a meeting in Muscat on Thursday to coordinate tourism efforts within Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.

New Madinat Al Irfan Theatre is largest in the region

Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran) — the Sultanate’s executive arm for tourism development —

Oman hotel is top 15 in Conde Nast Traveler’s 2019 Readers’ Choice Award

Condé Nast Traveler announced the results of its annual Readers’ Choice Awards, with Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel named among the list of the Top 15 Hotels in the Middle East.

Oman Post to focus on last-mile delivery

Oman Post will focus on improving the last-mile delivery system and some projects will be announced in the coming months.

Integration of tourism in GCC needed: Maitha

The GCC states should integrate the tourism products, including destinations they offer, through various initiatives that are launched at both regional and international platforms.

Sultanate ranks first in global terror-free index

The Sultanate stands first in the global index as a terrorism-free country and in the percentage of the annual change in the consumer price index (inflation).

More visitors flock to Al Jabal al Akhdar during pomegranate harvest season

Al Jabal Al Akhdar: The Green Mountain is witnessing an influx of locals and foreign tourists as the pomegranate harvest season has kicked off.

OMRAN appoints U Capital as adviser for privatisation of hotels

Oman Tourism Development Company (OMRAN), the Sultanate’s executive arm for tourism development and the largest developer and owner of hotels in Oman,

Spotlight: Tailor-made for tourism

The government as per the national tourism strategy is going all-out to attract international tourists to the country, including from the new source markets.

Sayyid Faisal Museum hosts exhibition

The Ministry of Heritage and Culture is organising an exhibition entitled “Preservation of Historical and Archaeological Monuments’’ in Sayyid Faisal Museum at the Ministry’s building.

New play area for disabled children built in Oman

Muscat: A new play area for the disabled has been set up in Al Sahwa Park in Muscat governorate.

SMEs’ support key to tourism boost in Oman

Muscat: Oman’s government will work towards providing Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) more partnership opportunities with big companies in the country to help further grow its tourism sector.

Culture festival from Oct 14 to 23

The first edition of the Culture Festival for adults and children organised by the Ministry of Culture and Heritage will be held from October 14 to 23.

Community Mall to come up at this park in Muscat

Muscat: Muscat Municipality has signed an agreement to develop, improve and maintain the Al Khuwair Park,

Muscat among top 10 connected airports in Mideast

Muscat International Airport has been ranked ninth in terms of connectivity in the Middle East.

Al Mahyoul Fort gets facelift

The Ministry of Heritage and Culture has completed the restoration of the Al Mahyoul Fort in the Wilayat of Jaalan Bani Bu Hassan.

Be cautious to avoid jellyfish sting during beach visits

Beachgoers need some caution while visiting a beach as there are chances for them to step on jellyfish, which have been spotted along the beaches in Salalah.

Alfardan Group launches The St Regis brand in Oman

Qatar’s Alfardan Group announced yesterday the debut of The St Regis brand in Oman, at Al Mouj Muscat.

Project to beautify coastline in this part of Oman to be completed soon

Muscat: Public efforts are underway to beautify the waterfront at the Al Hida coastline in south Al Sharqiyah governorate and provide essential services for visitors.

Two firms bid for $1bn Musandam road project in Oman

Technical bids for one of Oman’s most challenging road projects — the Diba-Lima-Khasab dual carriageway in Musandam Governorate

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.

Construction work to resume on Batinah Coastal Road project

Construction work on incomplete sections of the Batinah Coastal Road project — a landmark initiative that promises to open up vast swathes of the Batinah coast to economic,

Oman Post launches stamps on sea turtles

Muscat: In a move that will help raise awareness about one of the sultanate’s national and natural treasures, Oman Post has launched for five new stamps about sea turtles.

BOOKLETS TO HELP BLIND TOURISTS, GUIDES IN OMAN

MUSCAT – The Ministry of Tourism (MoT) has printed around 500 booklets to assist blind and visually impaired travellers and tour guides.

2,140 CITIZENS EMPLOYED IN TOURISM SECTOR FROM JANUARY-AUGUST 2019

MUSCAT – Statistics released by the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) show that over 2,000 Omanis were recruited in the travel sector from January-August 2019

Omran plans privatisation of hotel portfolio

Omran — the state-owned tourism investment, development and management group —

Travel Oman: A home for migratory birds

Little Green Bee-eater. Yellow-vented bulbul. Purple sunbird. Indian silverbill. The migrant bird population of Oman reads like the opening of some rainbow

New Ibis hotel to come up in Madinat Al Irfan

Muscat: A new Ibis Hotel is one of many new projects planned for Madinat Al Irfan, which is home to the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre.

ROADSHOW HELD IN MUSCAT TO PROMOTE VARIED TOURISM OFFERINGS IN ABU DHABI

MUSCAT – Representatives of the Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT) Abu Dhabi and the Oman’s travel trade representatives met at DCT’s

Aviation sector’s contribution to Omani economy projected at RO 1.4 bn by 2040

The contribution of Oman’s aviation industry, as an enabler of the nation’s pivotal tourism and logistics sectors, is projected to surge in value terms to RO 1.4 billion by the year 2040,

Oman-India art exhibition from Sept 25

MUSCAT: The Indian Embassy in Muscat will partner with Omani Society for Fine Arts (OSFA) to organise a joint Oman-India Exhibition for Contemporary Arts from September 25-28.

9.3 per cent increase in hotel revenues

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.

Sleep under the stars

 Come October, it is time to head to desert. Tourism camps in North and South Al Sharqiyah have completed preparations to welcome the people.

It is bloom time on Salalah mountains

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.

MCBS seminar looks at strategic importance of transport and tourism to economy

 Modern College of Business and Science (MCBS) hosted a seminar on ‘Transport and Tourism’ at Muscat InterContinental Hotel on Wednesday.

Beach cleaning campaign at South Al Sharqiyah

Muscat: South Al Sharqiyah Municipalities launched a beach cleaning campaign in Ras Al Hadd and Al Ashkarah.

OMRAN LAUNCHES NEW CORPORATE PUBLICATION

MUSCAT – Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran), the executive arm of the sultanate for tourism development, recently released its new corporate publication Panorama.

Sultanate’s cyber security ranks one of the best in region

Oman’s cyber security ranks one of the best in the region with a number of advantages compared with some other countries and is on the right path, says Almendo Graziano, Cyber Expert from Cyprus.

Saint Petersburg campaign woos Russian tourists

The Ministry of Tourism (MoT) held promotional tourism workshops in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday themed “Oman: the Beauty has an Address.”

New coastal road to boost tourism in Musandam

A 1.5-km-long coastal road project in the Wilayat of Khasab in the Governorate of Musandam is expected to be completed by the end of October

Beach cleanup campaign in Oman

Muscat: A beach cleanup campaign launched by Muscat Municipality, focused on islands and beaches in the province, has resulted in the collection of huge quantities of waste.

Oman 3rd among Arab countries in tourism competitiveness

Muscat: The Sultanate achieved 3rd place in the Arab world and 58th place globally in the 2019 Global Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report, the National Competitiveness Office announced.

Arabian Leopards spotted

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.

Coastal road work likely to be completed next month

Muscat: Work on Khasab’s coastal road gangway, located in Musandam Governorate, is expected to be completed by the end of October this year,

OMAN MOST IMPROVED NATION IN MENA IN WEF’S TRAVEL AND TOURISM SURVEY

MUSCAT – Oman is the most improved nation in MENA, moving up eight places to 58th, in the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI) 2019 prepared by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Over 80pc of Misfat heritage tourism project completed

 The Misfat Al Abriyeen heritage tourism project, which was jointly launched by Bank Muscat in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism

Sultanate scores high in global tourism ranking

 The Sultanate is ranked 58 among 140 countries in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) 2019 Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index released last week. As per the report,

Omran’s ‘Within Oman’ offers continue to attract visitors

As part of the efforts to encourage domestic tourism, “Within Oman”, the summer campaign launched by Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran)

Over 38,000 visit Al Baleed, Samahram sites in August

Salalah: The number of visitors to Land of Frankincense sites in Dhofar during last August stood at 38,269,

Over 20,000 visit Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve

Over 20,000 visitors flocked to Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve in 2019, according to the Ministry of Tourism (MoT).

Muscat Airport ranks 14 for customer service

MUSCAT: Muscat International Airport has been rated high for its customer service at the Global Customer Experience Summit held in Bali, Indonesia.

TOURISM BOOM IN SUMMERS: 296,000 VISIT OMAN IN JULY

MUSCAT – The Ministry of Tourism’s (MoT) campaigns to attract more tourists in summer months has started to bear fruit. As many as 296,000 tourists visited Oman in July,

Number of inbound visitors sees increase in July

Muscat: There was an increase of 4.8 per cent in the number of inbound visitors in July compared to the same month in 2018.

Huge influx of tourists this season in Salalah

Muscat: Nearly 750,000 people visited Salalah during the Khareef season this year.

DUQM HAS SO MUCH TO OFFER AS TOURIST, INDUSTRIAL DESTINATION

Duqm is characterised by its beautiful beaches and mild climate throughout the year. It is one of the wilayats of the Governorate of Al Wusta and located on the Arabian Sea coastline.

Green turtle returns to Oman after 21 years

Muscat: A green turtle recently returned to the Sultanate at Ras al Hadd in South Sharqiyah Governorate after 21  years.

Over 160% jump in tourist arrivals from Russia

Muscat: Continuing its efforts to boost tourist arrivals and promote the breath-taking tourism destinations and hospitality capabilities,

162 per cent increase in Russian tourists visiting Sultanate

MUSCAT: There is an increase of 162 per cent in tourists coming from Russia in 2018 (10,877 tourists), compared to 4,156 in 2017.

Muscat to have a water park in this area

Muscat is to follow in the footsteps of Salalah and will now have its own water park.

1,200 NEW ROOMS TO ENTER MUSCAT’S HOSPITALITY SECTOR

MUSCAT – According to Colliers MENA Review for the second quarter, an additional 2,100 rooms will mark the entry into all of the four markets by year end.

723,720 tourists visited Salalah Tourism Festival

A total of 723,720 tourists visited the Salalah Tourism Festival 2019 (STF) till the end of August 24, 2019 compared to 763,998 of the same period last year,

Star hotels see big rise in European guests

Muscat – The number of guests in three to five-star hotels in Oman increased by 19.4 per cent to 871,578 at the end of June 2019 from 730,145 guests a year ago.

Double digit growth for Muscat airport

Muscat: The number of arriving passengers at Muscat International Airport increased by 9.1 per cent as of June 2019 to 7,373,068 from 6,755,268 during the same period a year ago.

Seeing Double: Oman tourist numbers double in a decade

Muscat: The number of tourists coming to Oman has more than doubled in the last 10 years, according to data issued by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI).

Salalah Tourism Festival ends amidst fanfare

The annual entertainment bonanza Salalah Tourism Festival (STF) concluded on Thursday amid fireworks, music, dance, vocational workshops,

A unified card for entry to public museums in Oman on the anvil

Muscat – A common membership card for entrance to public museums across Oman is on the cards.

Al Fai-Al Wajajah road opens

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.

Olive harvest begins in Jabal Al Akhdhar

Expecting a bumper crop of olives, harvest season began in Jabal Al Akhdhar in the Governorate of Al Dakhiliyah on Monday.

Frankincense burners stir up fragrant tradition

The frankincense burners of Dhofar are a sure souvenir for visitors. What many may not know is that it is part of an industry that has existed alongside

Over 600,000 tourists visit Dhofar so far

Muscat: 602,922 tourists visited the Salalah Tourism Festival at the end of its eighth week, compared to 665,539 during the same period in 2018.

Hotel revenues increase in Salalah

Muscat: The three to five-star hotels in Dhofar reported 10,475 guests in June, an increase of 21.6 per cent, compared to the same period in 2018.

Wadi Bani Khalid receives 10,521 visitors during holidays

Muscat: The popular tourist destination of Wadi Bani Khalid received 10,521 visitors during the Eid Al-Adha holidays between August 11 and 17.

Bikers from GCC steal the show in Salalah

 The neighbours can’t remain unaffected when there is festivity in the neighbourhood.

Omran extends summer promotion to include Eid holidays

Muscat: People in Oman who are travelling during the Eid holidays can now take advantage of more discounts on hotel stays,

RESPECT LOCAL CUSTOMS, TRADITIONS, MOT TELLS EID AL ADHA REVELLERS

MUSCAT – With only a few days left for Eid al Adha celebrations, the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) has issued guidelines for visitors at its sites and camping spots.

8-km section of Ibri-Yanqul road to open tomorrow

The Ministry of Transport and Communications also will open on Wednesday an 8-km section of the second phase of Ibri-Yanqul road from Al Uqda area up to the intersection at Yanqul-Suhar road.

40-km of Adam-Thamrait road opens tomorrow

The Ministry of Transport and Communications will open a 40-km section of the Adam-Haima-Thamrait highway to traffic tomorrow.

Key to smart solutions lie in Artificial Intelligence

The Sultanate’s second conference on Artificial Intelligence (AI) drew attention from wide range of sectors and worked as a catalyst among the technology enthusiasts and strategists,

Muscat Governorate home to highest expat numbers

The expatriate demographic equation in Oman has once again changed with Muscat Governorate becoming home to the highest number.

OVER 150 TAKE PART IN SEEB BEACH CLEAN-UP CAMPAIGN

MUSCAT – Voluntary team, Basmet Kher, organised a clean-up campaign at the Seeb beach recently. Over 150 people participated in the campaign.

NEARLY 90,000 VISIT DHOFAR IN FIVE DAYS

MUSCAT – Nearly 90,000 people visited Dhofar from July 30 to August 3 giving a huge boost to the hospitality sector in the governorate.

Expats outnumber nationals in Muscat, Dhofar

Muscat: The expatriate demographic equation in Oman has once again changed with Muscat Governorate becoming home to the highest number.

Over 23,000 footfalls at Al Baleed, Samahram sites

SALALAH: The number of visitors to Land of Frankincense sites in the Governorate of Dhofar during last July stood at 23,419,

Helicopter tourism to be launched in Oman

MUSCAT: Al Sharqiyah Aviation, a subsidiary of Mohammed al Barwani Group, has inked its first contract with South Africa’s MCC Aviation Company to charter two Airbus H255s on July 17.

TRAVEL RUSH: 7.2MN USE AIRPORTS

MUSCAT – As many as 7.2mn passengers passed through Muscat, Salalah, Duqm and Sohar airports in the first five months of this year.

KHAREEF SEASON VISITORS NEAR 300,000

MUSCAT – Altogether 294,823 people visited Dhofar till Monday afternoon since the three-month khareef season began on June 21.

An awestruck moment for visitors at sea shell exhibition

Every visitor at the Sea Shell Exhibition showcased in the Salalah Tourism Festival was awestruck after witnessing the intricate shell designs of Amina Salim al Maalam,

Indian Social Club Photography Group to be launched tomorrow

The Indian Social Club Photography Group (ISCPG) will officially be inaugurated at the Indian Embassy Auditorium on Friday at 10 am by Munu Mahawar, Indian Ambassador to Oman.

It’s time for Muscat’s very own online advisor

Their goal is simple: to empower every person in Muscat by providing the information they need through a platform that smartly combines Facebook, Blogspot, Travel Advisor and Classifieds

OMRAN launches Atana Stay Al Ashkhara

Driving the robust growth of domestic tourism across the Sultanate, Oman Tourism Development Company (OMRAN),

Golden Tulip Al Seeb goes out of service

MUSCAT: Oman Aviation Services has announced that Golden Tulip Al Seeb will be officially out of service after July 31, 2019

Hotels in Muscat gear up for Eid al Adha holidays

With Eid al Adha Holidays expected to start from the end of the next week, hotels in Oman are hoping to capitalise on domestic and regional tourists.

Muriya’s Hawana Salalah witnesses a host of activities

Salalah: Hawana Salalah, Oman’s largest Integrated Tourism Complex has rolled-out a host of activities alongside the Hawana Marina,

Towards a greener Dhofar

Oman Environmental Services Holding Company (be’ah) has organised a campaign that aims to spread environmental awareness among the community

Salalah’s richness attracts tourists

Tourists flock to Dhofar for the khareef season to enjoy the governorate’s pleasant and cool weather, join in a myriad of activities,

New Atana Stay hotel now open in Salalah

Muscat: A new hotel for travellers who come to the Dhofar region for the ongoing Khareef festival has been officially opened by Omran, the country’s tourism development arm.

New luxury resort to open in Dhofar next month

Muscat: A new luxury resort is set to open next month in the town of Mirbat in the Dhofar Governorate.

Park safe in hilly areas, PACDA cautions

Muscat: Visitors to hilly areas in Oman should park their cars careully to avoid slippage.

New luxury property launches in Salalah

A new hospitality facility Millennium Resort Salalah did its official launch on Wednesday under the auspices of Shaikh Khalid bin Omar al Marhoon, Minister of Civil Service.

Meet Salalah’s winged guest

A trip to Itin mountain in Dhofar is complete only if you visit Ain Jarzeez on your way back to the plains.

MECA ISSUES GUIDELINES FOR VISITORS TO JEBEL QAHWAN RESERVE IN SOUTH SHARQIYAH

MUSCAT – The Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA) has issued a decision for visitors to Jebel Qahwan Nature Reserve in South Sharqiyah. The decision also stipulates a fine for violators.

Balloon Carnival kicks-off in Salalah

Salalah: Visitors to the Dhofar region can now enjoy the added spectacle of the Balloon Carnival, which will enable people to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Khareef Festival.

68 per cent of domestic, regional tourists choose to travel by road

 Flights to Salalah are not only safe but also save nearly 10 hours of travel time. Despite these obvious advantages, nearly 68 per cent of travellers,

Want to fly on a balloon? Come to Ain Sahalnoot today

Hot air balloon carnival opened in Salalah’s Sahalnoot area amid a celebration on Saturday. The balloons will start flying from Sunday and will be in operation till August 25.

1.4m visitors arrived in Oman till May

 While GCC nationals continue to top the number of tourists who arrived in the Sultanate during the first five months this year,

Salalah drenches in Khareef charm

SALALAH: The ongoing Salalah Tourism Festival 2019, which will continue until August 22, is one of the major cultural and entertaining festivals

Over 75% hotel occupancy at Salalah Tourism Festival

Hotels in the Dhofar Governorate have witnessed a huge increase, of up to 75 per cent, in their occupancy levels this Khareef season.

KHAREEF BOOST FOR HOTEL SECTOR

MUSCAT – With the khareef season in its fourth week, the hospitality sector in Dhofar governorate is recording increase in the occupancy level.

Beware of wet roads on khareef trip

Certain driving tips may go handy for those who are coming to Salalah during the khareef season,

NEW HOTELS, MOBILE TOILETS FACILITATE KHAREEF VISITORS

The Ministry of Tourism (MoT) has done its best to ensure that all facilities are ready for the khareef season in Dhofar governorate.

HOTELS IN MUSCAT TO SEE RISE IN THEIR VALUATIONS BY 22%

MUSCAT – Muscat will bounce back after suffering one of the largest falls in hotel valuations in the Middle East, according to hotel and hospitality analysts, HVS.

ITA SHOWCASES ITS SERVICES AT SALALAH TOURISM FESTIVAL

MUSCAT – The Information Technology Authority (ITA) is participating in the ongoing Salalah Tourism Festival having set up a special corner at the Municipal Entertainment Centre.

‘Within Oman’ campaign launched

Oman Tourism Development Company (OMRAN) kicked off its summer season campaign ‘Within Oman’ to encourage domestic tourism and staycations among Omanis.

Salalah festival caters to all sections

 The Salalah Tourism Festival 2019 which has begun at the Municipality Recreation Centre offers a variety of cultural, religious, entertaining, sporting,

Free entry to National Museum on July 23

– On the occasion of Renaissance day, entry for adult visitors to the National Museum will be free on July 23.

Lots to do at Salalah Festival

Muscat: There’s art, circus shows, folk dance contests and many other things to enjoy on Sunday at the Salalah Tourism Festival program at the Municipality Entertainment Centre.

Water rescue teams in place at Salalah

Muscat: With an increase in the number of visitors at Salalah for the Khareef season, more officials have been deployed to ensure the security of visitors.

Around 70,000 tourists visit Salalah so far: NCSI

Muscat: Close to 70,000 tourists visited Salalah till 14 July as a part of the Khareef tourist season, National Center of Statistics and Information (NCSI) announced.

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.

Over 27K visit Salalah Tourism Festival in two weeks

Muscat: The number of visitors to Salalah by the end of the second week (from 21 June to 4 July 2019) stood at 27,138 compared to 57,046 visitors during the same period of 2018.

Traditional arts add colour to Salalah Festival

Muscat: As the monsoon arrives towards the mountains bringing down the temperature to the twenties, the Salalah Tourism Festival has gained further momentum.

Cheer is back for Salalah hospitality operators

 The booking registers of the hospitality operators in Salalah have brightened as the weather entered into a ‘pleasant zone’ from hot and humid just a week ago.

Hotel revenue grows by 12.2 pc

 Hotels in the three-to-five-star category in the Sultanate registered a significant rise till the end of April this year

Salalah Tourism Festival opens

The Salalah Tourism Festival (STF) started on Thursday with the opening of the gates of the Itin Recreation Centre, which is the main venue of the festival.

Bahla in race for World Crafts City

MUSCAT: A delegation from the World Crafts Council (WCC) will visit the Sultanate on July 21 and 22 to oversee a field evaluation for the nomination of the Wilayat Bahla as a World Craft City.

All roads lead to Dhofar

 An evening drizzling on Wednesday was some kind of an announcement to the residents of Salalah that the all important Salalah Tourism Festival (STF)

Ministry of Tourism releases Khareef promo

Muscat: Oman’s Ministry of Tourism has released a new video promoting the Khareef season in an attempt to invite more tourists to experience what is a unique occurrence in the Middle East.

48% increase in cruise visitors to Oman

 Oman welcomed 187,000 cruise ship visitors until the end of May, pointing to a 48 per cent increase in visitors who came to Oman on cruise ships as compared to last year.

GRAFFITI ON AMERAT-BAUSHER ROAD CREATES AWARENESS ON WILDLIFE

MUSCAT – In an attempt to create awareness on the wildlife indigenous to the sultanate, Eshraqa, Khimji Ramdas’ Social Development Arm,

PACDA SETS UP POSTS, HELPLINE NUMBERS FOR DHOFAR VISITORS

The Public Authority for Civil Defence and Ambulances (PACDA) said its teams are stationed along the road leading to Dhofar governorate to help khareef visitors.

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 [...]

Authorities take steps to ensure services for Salalah visitors

 A meeting was held on Monday at the office of the Minister of State and the Governor of Dhofar to discuss the preparations of the governmental and private bodies concerned

Picturesque Oman

Oman’s Ministry of Tourism has shared some stunning photos of the Sultanate’s beautiful vistas and destinations.

Salalah Tourism Festival ground gets a facelift

 With only four days left for the launch of the annual Salalah Toursim Festival (STF), its venue, the Itin Festival Ground,

Groundbreaking of $2 bn Muscat Waterfront in Nov

 The transformation of the historical Mina Al Sultan Qaboos waterfront area is progressing rapidly as the project completes several preparatory activities in accordance

IN A FIRST IN OMAN, A MALL TO OPEN ON SPORTS CLUB PREMISES

In a first-of-its-kind development, one of Oman’s most decorated clubs, Seeb, is all set to open a mall on its premises.

NATIONAL MUSEUM TO GIVE FREE ENTRY ON JULY 23

MUSCAT – The National Museum has announced free entry for citizens, residents and GCC nationals on July 23 on the occasion of the 49th Renaissance Day.

NFC suspends all trips between Shannah-Masirah

Muscat: All trips on the Shannah to Masirah line scheduled today have been cancelled by the National Ferry Company (NFC).

Road to Salalah: Travellers advised to take these routes

Muscat: The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) has urged travellers to use the main multi-land road to reach Dhofar governorate

Important numbers to learn for your roadtrip to Salalah

Muscat: The Royal Oman Police has released a list of important numbers for touristis visiting Salalah this Khareef Season by land.

THREE NEW CAVES DISCOVERED IN OMAN

MUSCAT – A group of speleologists has discovered three new caves in North Sharqiyah and Dakhliyah, adding to the number of new caves discovered in the recent past.

CAMPING SEASON FOR CITIZENS STARTS IN DHOFAR

MUSCAT – Dhofar Municipality has announced via Twitter that camping season for 2019 has started. Camping is exclusively for citizens only.

Tourism info centres open in Dhofar

The Ministry of Tourism has started operating temporary tourism information centres in Dhofar to help tourists.

New hotels to accommodate increasing tourist numbers in Salalah

Salalah: The growing popularity of taking a holiday in Dhofar during Khareef season has led to the opening of seven new hotels in the governorate, the Ministry of Tourism announced on Sunday.

Ministry of Tourism asks tourists visiting Salalah to ‘dress modestly’

Muscat: Tourists visiting the Dhofar Governorate this Khareef season have been asked by the Ministry of Tourism to respect local traditions and dress modestly.

Nearly 10,000 tourists visit Salalah in one week

Muscat: Around 10 thousand tourists have visited Salalah during the first week of the Khareef tourist season, the National Center of Statistics and Information said.

More than 4,000 tourists a day expected at Salalah Airport

Muscat: Salalah Airport is expecting to welcome 4,000 travellers daily during the Khareef tourist season as many airline companies have increased trips to Salalah.

Hoota Cave reopens for visitors

Muscat: Starting from today, tourists will be able to visit the famous Hoota Cave in Al Dakhilya.

Oman Airports takes over operations at Marmul and QarnAlam

Muscat: Starting today, July 1, Oman Airports has officially begun operating Marmul airport in the governorate of Dhofar.

Khareef is knocking Salalah

 Khareef is knocking Salalah as it has already arrived on the adjoining mountains and outskirts of Salalah.

Surge in foreign tourists to Oman

Muscat: More than 2 million people have visited the Sultanate of Oman in between January and March 2019, according to the national statistics.

More excitement in store for khareef visitors this year

SALALAH, June 10 – With the system gearing up for the khareef season and the Salalah Tourism Festival (STF), the locals and visitors are likely to have an exciting time all through the season.

Huge influx of tourists at various destinations during Eid holidays

Muscat: There was huge influx of tourists at a number of destinations of the Sultanate of Oman during Eid Al Fitr holidays.

CRUISE SHIPS BRING OVER 19,000 VISITORS

MUSCAT – The number of cruise ships that called at different ports in the sultanate witnessed a significant surge in April this year as compared to the corresponding period last year.

ICONIC HOTEL W MUSCAT TO OFFICIALLY OPEN TOMORROW

MUSCAT – Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran) will mark the official opening of W Muscat, the latest iconic addition to its hospitality portfolio on June 12.

KHAREEF SAMAHRAM FESTIVAL TO HAVE DOLPHIN SHOWS

MUSCAT – In a first, the Khareef Samahram Festival in Salalah this year will witness dolphin shows.

Time to get ready for Khareef

You would probably say it’s too early to discuss travel plans for the Khareef season but if there’s anything we’ve learned in the past,

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.

Holiday rush lifts hotel occupancy

Muscat: The occupancy rates in hotels, hotel apartments and tourist camps witnessed significant increase during Eid al-Fitr holidays.

OVER 23,000 VISIT TOURIST SPOTS ACROSS THE SULTANATE DURING EID HOLIDAYS

MUSCAT – The Ministry of Tourism (MoT) announced that over 23,000 people visited different tourist sites across the sultanate during the Eid al Fitr holidays.

Misfat Al Abriyeen heritage tourism project progressing well

The Misfat Al Abriyeen tourism project that was jointly launched by Bank Muscat, the flagship financial services provider in the Sultanate,

Modest uptick in cruise tourists to the Sultanate

 Tourists arriving by luxury cruise liners calling at Port Sultan Qaboos (Muscat), Port of Salalah (Dhofar) and Port Khasab (Musandam)

Over 4,800 tourists visit land of frankincense sites

Salalah: The number of visitors to Land of Frankincense sites in the Governorate of Dhofar during May 2019 stood at 3,125,

Now pay for entering Jabal Akhdhar sanctuary

  The Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs on Sunday said that it was fixing entrance fees for Jabal Akhdhar Nature Reserve.

Spike in tourism in Oman during Eid Al Fitr holidays

Muscat: More than 4,000 people visited tourist sites in Wadi Bani Khalid and Ras Al Ginz tourist sites in the Al Sharqiyah Governorate, the Ministry of Tourism announced.

Thousands of tourists travel through Oman during Eid

Muscat: Tourists from foreign countries as wells as locals flocked to the country’s tourism hotpsots during the Eid Holidays, according to the Ministry of Tourism.

‘PROTECTION OF TURTLES SHARED RESPONSIBILITY OF ALL NATIONS’

MUSCAT – The findings of a new study on green turtles in the region prove that turtles belong to no single nation, underscoring that all nations have a shared responsibility to protect turtles.

Eid to boost domestic tourism

 The tourism spots in the Sultanate are all set to receive both domestic and international visitors during the current holiday season,

Horses, riders spice up Eid festival

A horse show was organised in Al Thabti village in the Wilayat of Ibra on the third day of Eid al Fitr.

17 per cent jump in Indian tourist inflows into Oman

 The Ministry of Tourism, Oman successfully conducted roadshows in Bangalore, Pune and Mumbai on May 27, 29 and 31, 2019 respectively,

New royal decree to boost Oman’s 2040 tourism plan

Muscat: Thanks to a new decree granting tax exemptions for tourism projects in Musandam, plans are underway to introduce more than 30 plots of land to investors according to the Minister of Tourism.

Oman’s tourism industry gears up for Eid vacations

Muscat: Oman’s tourist industry is all set to welcome the influx of visitors during the Eid Al Fitr holidays, according to the Ministry of Tourism.

5 fun things to do during the Eid break

A DAY AT THE AQUARIUM Take a peek into the fascinating world of life under the ocean.

Tourist spots geared up for Eid holiday rush

Muscat: The stunning tourist spots all across the Sultanate are all set to receive tourists during the Eid al Fitr holidays.

Sultan’s Armed Forces Museum’s Eid timings

MUSCAT: On the occasion of Eid al Fitr, the administration of the Sultan’s Armed Forces Museum has decided to change the opening hours.

CRUISE TOURISM BOOSTS OMAN’S REVENUE: MINISTRY

Statistics from the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) show that cruise tourism is significantly boosting the country’s revenue, sustaining the tourism industry and its allied businesses.

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.

SQP receives Indian cruise ship

Muscat: The Sultan Qaboos Port received on Monday the Indian cruise ship “Karnika” with 1043 passengers on board.

Six light activities to try to diversify Ramadhan routine

There are a few changes that happen during Ramadhan. Timing hours for business operations become shorter but despite this, the hours seem to feel longer probably because many are fasting.

Chance for private sector to invest in upcoming Muscat Festival 2020

Muscat: Private sector companies will be able to invest in and help organise the Muscat Festival 2020, Muscat Municipality has announced.

Over 5,000 hotel rooms on anvil

 Around 5,000 hotel rooms will be added to the Oman’s hospitality sector by 2020 to meet the increasing number of inbound visitors, a senior government official said.

Hot air balloons to spice up Salalah Tourism Festival

The Organising Committee of the Salalah Tourism Festival (STF) is geared up to make this year’s festival more interesting and attractive with new features and facilities.

KEEPING A LEGACY ALIVE

Bait al Khonji has kept alive a legacy of bringing people of all cultures together for many decades now.

Historical tiles that graced an impressive grand mosque

Devotion to religion can be found all over the Sultanate even in the most remote of places.

Harat Al Saybani: Heritage management at its best

In 2014, a Ministry of Culture and Heritage initiative saw Nottingham Trent University, from the United Kingdom, conduct research that culminated in a strategic

Salalah festival likely from July 11

The Salalah Tourism Festival (STF) 2019 is likely to start from July 11 and continue till August 22. Rest of the programmes and the festival calendar are expected to be announced later.

Tourism Ministry to set up office in China

An Omani delegation led by the Public Authority for Investment Promotion and Export Development (Ithraa)

Hot air balloon carnival to add colour to khareef Salalah

 Salalah’s khareef season will have a new experience this year — balloon carnival. Organised by Sabeen and Hemity along with Dhofar Municipality,

Private investments sought for 2020 Muscat Festival

 In a major decision which is expected to change the shape and size of the annual Muscat Festival, the private sector has been invited to make major investments in its management.

Islam in Oman .. Silver necklaces adorned with words of faith

Words can be in your thoughts but when one writes them down, it becomes an intention, and when you wear them, the words are taken to another level of expression.

Oman joins International Smart Tourism Conference in China

The International Smart Tourism Conference kicked off in Yunnan, China yesterday with the participation of the Sultanate’s delegation,

Hotel occupancy reaches nearly 90 per cent

On the back of a huge turnout of international tourists, the occupancy level in hotels and other facilities in the Sultanate witnessed significant rise during this winter season.

ESO intensifies awareness drive to help save sea turtles on Masirah

Striving to ensure sea turtles remain safe in their natural habitat, the Environment Society of Oman (ESO) announced the completion of the intensive five-day ‘Masirah Turtle Campaign’.

#RunWithUs Initiative for 2020 Muscat Marathon

Event Global Ambassador Paula Radcliffe laid out a clear challenge for Omanis to get involved in the 2020 Al Mouj Muscat Marathon on January 17 and 18 next year, saying “2020,

Wadi Bani Khalid emerges as most popular tourist destination

The wilayat of Wadi Bani Khalid in the North Sharqiyah, situated 203km from Muscat, received around 70,780 visitors in the first three months Of 2019,

Hotel revenues grow by 10.4%

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.

Salalah Grand Mall signs lease agreements with key brands

Salalah Commercial Centre hosted yesterday at the Grand Millennium Muscat the signing ceremony of 27 new lease agreements for the new ‘Salalah Grand Mall

Discovery Centre for $2bn Muscat waterfront project to open in Q3

Mina Al Sultan Qaboos’ (MaSQ) on-site discovery centre is currently being outfitted, and will soon open its doors to the public,

Oman Post launches interactive stamps

Muscat: Oman Post and in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism launched four interactive stamps showcasing the Sultanate’s appeal as a tourist destination.

Khareef preparations discussed

SALALAH: Dhofar Municipality on Tuesday held a meeting under the chairmanship of Shaikh Salem bin Ufait al Shanfari, Head of Dhofar Municipality,

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.

SHOWCASING OMAN

Bait al Baranda on Muttrah seafront is a historical and archeological site, located just 300m from Port Sultan Qaboos and 150m from Al Sahli beach, overseen by Muscat Municipality.

Oman by UTMB returns on Nov 29

MUSCAT: Last year’s pioneering race attracted enormous international interest including many high-profile members of the global trail community,

Over 233,000 tourists visit Jabal Akhdhar in 2017, up 43 pc

MUSCAT: The season of roses has begun in Jabal Akhdhar, also known as the green mountain, where buds are blooming to be flowers.

Rose harvesting festival in Jabal AkhdHar

 The Jabal Akhdhar district of Wilayat of Nizwa in Dakhiliyah governorate will organise Rose Harvesting Festival in Jabal Akhdhar in April next year.

NINE OMANIS FORM COUNTRY’S FIRST ADVENTURE TOURISM COMPANY

MUSCAT – Nine young Omanis have come together to set up country’s first adventure tourism firm – Wadi Adventure Company.

1,000 children to participate in Muscat Marathon 2020

 As many as 1,000 children from different schools in the Governorate of Al Batinah will participate in the next edition of the Muscat Marathon,

10 new projects coming up in hospitality sector

Muscat: Ten new projects are coming up in the tourism sector with massive investments for establishment of hotels, hotel apartments, tourist resorts,

Oman wins big at 2019 World Travel Awards

Muscat: Oman has been named the Middle East’s Leading Cultural Destination for the year 2019 at the World Travel Awards,

SHARQIYAH EXPRESSWAY TUNNEL WORK 80% COMPLETE: MOTC

MUSCAT – The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) announced that 80 per cent of work on a 600m tunnel in Nadab on the Bidbid-Sur road, as part of the Sharqiyah Expressway, is complete.

RO120MN TOURISM PROJECT IN SEEB TO PROVIDE 2,000 JOBS

MUSCAT – The Ministry of Tourism (MoT) has signed a usufruct agreement with Bin Sheikh Holding Company for a project in the wilayat of Seeb.

One-Stop-Shop for tourism projects in Oman

A single-window system for the processing of applications linked to tourism related projects is currently being established at the Ministry of Tourism

Sun Princess calls at Salalah Port

SALALAH: The cruise ship Sun Princess called at Salalah Port on Thursday with 1,404 passengers of different nationalities on board as part of its tour to several ports around the world.

11 tourism projects to come up

MUSCAT: The Ministry of Tourism on Thursday signed a usufruct agreement with Bin Sheikh Holding Company to set up a tourism investment project in the Wilayat of Al Seeb in the Governorate of Muscat.

Oman takes centre stage at ATM

MUSCAT: Oman took a centre stage at the just-concluded Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2019 in Dubai,

Oman maps out tourism push

Muscat: Plans are underway to make Oman a world-class tourism destination, with the Sultanate signing off on several adventure projects that aim to put the country on the global tourism map.

Cruise ship with nearly 2,000 tourists lands in Oman

Muscat: The last cruise ship of this season, the AIDA Bella, has landed today at Khasab harbour with 1958 tourists on port, according to the Ministry of Tourism.

THE RISE OF OMAN AS TOP ADVENTURE DESTINATION

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.

Oman Tourism Association targeted for launch this year

Plans for the establishment of an Oman Tourism Association are making headway, according to the Implementation Support & Follow-up Unit (ISFU) of the Diwan of Royal Court.

Oman Tourism Development Fund on anvil

A new Tourism Development Fund (TDF) designed to support Oman’s Tourism Ministry’s increasingly important mandate in driving economic development and employment generation is expected to be

NAKHAL FORT CLOSED

MUSCAT – The Ministry of Tourism (MoT), in coordination with the Ministry of Heritage and Culture, announced that Nakhal Fort in South Batinah governorate

Two cruise ships visit Salalah Port

Salalah: The cruise ship “Albatros” and the cruise ship “Silver Shadow” visited Salalah Port on Tuesday with “767” passengers on board from different nationalities.

Bazaar project in Suhar launched

Muscat: Sohar Real Estate Development Company launched (Bazaar) project in the Wilayat of Suhar, which comes as part of the real estate development projects that worth RO 13 million.

Wadi: The ‘stuff of dreams’ so rarely appreciated

We are all guilty of not even seeing a wadi until the rains come. After all, they are nothing but a scar on a desolate wasteland, a place to despise when it’s dry,

CRUISE SHIP SILVER SHADOW BRINGS 363 TOURISTS TO KHASAB PORT

MUSCAT – The Ministry of Tourism has said that cruise liner Silver Shadow brought 363 tourists to Port of  Khasab recently.

Tourism Ministry, Wego sign pact to attract more visitors to Oman

Oman Ministry of Tourism has announced its partnership with Wego, the largest online travel marketplace in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

Oman Air wins again at World Travel Awards

MUSCAT: At the 2019 World Travel Awards Middle East ceremony held recently at Warner Bros World in Abu Dhabi,

Sultanate attracted over 3 million visitors in 2018

 Oman has attracted over three million tourists in 2018, of which 1.4 million were from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries,

New platform comes up for crafts people

Muttrah: A new platform has come up to promote craftspeople in the Sultanate as a private sector initiative called Taiseer Platform.

Oman Botanic Expedition: Exploring the flora of Musandam

A recent 2019 Oman Botanic Expedition ventured into new territory to explore the flowers and plant life of terrains in Northern Oman overlooking the Straits of Hormuz.

Artists add colour to cultural heritage of Izki village

Izki hosted ‘Let’s Draw Together’ activities for three days, which was participated by 19 artists from Omani Society for Fine Arts.

Card payment for vehicle parking at Muscat Airport

Muscat: Bank Muscat has joined hands with Oman Airport Management Company to facilitate acceptance of all debit and credit cards for vehicle parking meters at Muscat International Airport.

Hands at Work

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.

Jabal Akhdhar natives are good assets in tourism

As Switzerland is to Europe, Jabal Akhdhar is to the Middle East. The ‘green’ mountain is a treasure trove, rich in cultural history,

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.

Passengers at Muscat airport rise 8.7 per cent

MUSCAT: The total number of passengers at the Muscat International Airport rose by 8.7 per cent to 4 million at the end of March 2019,

Al Bana township a valley of natural charm

IBRI: Al Bana township is one of the beautiful places in the Wilayat of Ibri in the Governorate of Al Dhahirah. Surrounded by mountains,

Adam-Thamrait road’s 41-km stretch opens

The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) opened on Thursday a 41-km stretch of Adam-Thamrait dual carriageway project for traffic.

Climate change imperils Oman’s aflaj systems

More than a third of Oman’s aflaj systems — the lifeblood of numerous mountain and rural communities around the Sultanate —

Muttrah Fish Market shortlisted for top award

Muscat: The Muttrah Fish Market, in Muscat, has been shortlisted for the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

Over 44,000 Chinese tourists visited Sultanate last year

The Sultanate is increasingly becoming one of the most preferred tourist destinations for tourists from China, according to officials from the Ministry of Tourism.

Muscat International Airport adjudged best in Middle East

MUSCAT: Over the past few months since the opening of its new terminal, Muscat International Airport, the Jewel of Oman,

WADI BAT’s pools are seriously beautiful

Deep into the heart of Al Batinah Governorate, in the mountainous area of Liwa, is a small village that has thrived for generations.

Integrated tourism plans for South Al Sharqiyah, Al Dakhiliyah

The Ministry of Tourism has discussed detailed tourism development plans in the governorates of South Al Sharqiyah and Al Dakhiliyah.

23 tourism firms from Oman to participate in ATM Dubai 2019

Muscat: The Sultanate will participate in the 26th edition of the Arab Travel Market (ATM), which will be held in Dubai from April 28 to May 1, 2019.

Empowering women through ‘Banat Oman’

Muscat: More than 300 Omani girls have been trained to make traditional handicraft products under the programme ‘Banat Oman’.

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.

GUNS GALORE

The Bait ar Rudaydah Centre of Excellence for Historic Arms in Birkat al Mouz, at the base of Jebel Akhdar,

Cruise ship arrives in Salalah Port

Salalah: Salalah Port received the cruise ship “Marella Discovery” with 1,725 tourists of various nationalities on its board.

SAF Museum opens to visitors to mark International Museums Day

Muscat: The Sultan’s Armed Forces (SAF) Museum opens before visitors from April 22 to 24, 2019 from 8am to 5pm to mark the International Museums Day.

Campaign to retain charm of Ain Jarziz spring in Dhofar

The Directorate of Tourism in Dhofar Governorate launched ‘Beautification Campaign of Ain Jarziz’

A journey of world culture and art through history

One of the exhibits as part of the State Hermitage Museum Collection currently being held at the National Museum of Oman

WOW — Where Oman Walks on display

 An exhibition titled Public Spaces — Urban identities in Muscat, is being held at Bait Al Baranda Museum in association with the German University of Technology in Oman (GUTech).

Six cruise ships bring 11,000 tourists to Oman in one week

Muscat: Oman welcomed six cruise ships carrying 11,000 tourists last week, with more than three thousand arriving in one day alone.

PSQ, MUSCAT AIRPORT EMERGE HUB FOR TOURISTS’ TRANSFER

MUSCAT – After the success of the biggest passenger turnaround that took place in November last year, another feat has been accomplished by the port and airport authorities in Muscat.

Public Spaces — Urban Identities in Muscat exhibit opening April 21

Tourism research, community-based designs and architectural sketches will be at the centre of the Public Spaces —

Cruise ships at Khasab Port

Khasab: Tow cruise ships ‘MSC Magnifica’ and ‘Marella Discovery’ arrived in Port of Khasab, Governorate of Musandam on Thursday.

Greener, cooler Oman loved by one and all

Muscat: Visitors to Oman as well as those who live in the country were treated to a greener, cooler version of the Sultanate than they are normally

When Nomads Sing

As a traveller, the moment you drop any idea of departure and arrival and transcend even the weakest intention of reaching any destination,

Ministry launches ‘Tourism Partners’ initiative for youth

The Ministry of Tourism (MoT), in partnership with the National Youth Commission (NYC), has launched an initiative — ‘Tourism Partners’ —

Oman Airports honours airlines, retail outlets

 Oman Airports at its annual awards ceremony on Monday honoured a number of airlines and retail outlets operating at Muscat Airport, Salalah Airport and other regional airports in the Sultanate.

Omani ports see rise in cruise ships arrival

Muscat: The number of cruise ships called on at different ports in the Sultanate has witnessed a significant rise during 2018-2019 tourism season.

PLENTIFUL HARVESTS

The wilayat of Yanqul in the Governorate of Dhahirah is famous for its many villages and towns with more than 70 settlements scattered over its valleys and towering mountains.

EXHIBITION SHOWCASES WORKS OF RENOWNED BANGLADESHI ARTISTS

MUSCAT – Mohammed Mahfoudh al Ardhi, chairman, Sohar International, hosted an exhibition to showcase award winning artists from Bangladesh at the Bait Muzna Gallery recently.

SAYYID HAITHAM OPENS MALL OF MUSCAT

MUSCAT – H H Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq al Said, Minister of Heritage and Culture inaugurated the Mall of Muscat in Ma’abela, on Monday.

Experience history and more from up above the Muttrah Fort

Muttrah is not only historical but full of surprises. The ancient town continues to be a bustling place just as it did about a millennium ago.

Oman Aquarium opens for public

Muscat, April 15 – Oman Aquarium, which was officially opened for public on Monday at the Mall of Muscat in Mabaila,

Sultanate’s 3-5 star hotel revenues grow 13pc

Muscat: Total revenues of the Sultanate’s hotels in the three-to-five-star category rose by 13 per cent to RO 46.7 million till the end of February 2019

This is where Oman’s first hot-air balloon carnival will be held

Muscat: Oman’s first hot-air balloon carnival will take place in the Dhofar Governorate this summer, the Ministry of Tourism has announced.

Falaj al Sudairieen Village, the nature’s bounty

YANQUL: The Wilayat of Yanqul in the Governorate of Al Dhahirah is well-known for its many agricultural villages, towns and suburban sprawl,

Second phase work on Salut Fort Park

 The Office of the Adviser to His Majesty the Sultan for Cultural Affairs has awarded a tender for implementation of the second stage of the development

Migratory birds vital for Dhofar’s biodiversity

Dhofar: The Directorate of Environment in Dhofar stressed on the importance of safety of migratory birds and their role in maintaining balance in the ecosystem.

These many passengers took ferries in Oman during the holidays

Muscat: Oman’s National Ferries Company (NFC) has transported more than 7,000 passengers onboard its ships throughout the Isra Wa Miraj holiday last weekend.

ALL YEAR ROUND ATTRACTION

Wadi Bani Khalid in the Governorate of North Sharqiyah is a wilayat that has various attractions to offer for nature tourism,

MIDDLE EAST’S FIRST HOLOGRAPHIC GAMING CENTRE OPENS

MUSCAT – Touted to be region’s first holographic gaming arcade, Holoverse opened at Oman Avenues Mall recently.

A fabulous and funny journey into genius

It is difficult to learn how to play an instrument. It is very difficult to learn how to play it well and harder still to play a stringed instrument in tune.

Duqm to be developed as smart city

Muscat: Duqm, the one of its kind greenfield urban and industrial project, will be developed as a customised smart city, said top government officials.

Here is when Oman’s new aquarium will open

Muscat: Featuring one of the first aquariums in Oman, Mall of Muscat will open it is doors for visitors on Monday, April 15, 2019.

Celestial attainment of Mahler’s longest symphony

This was a musicians’ concert. Instrumentalists and teachers along with regular patrons thronged the Royal Opera House Muscat

Pact signed for beach park in Sur

The Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources on Monday signed an agreement with Oman India Fertiliser Company (OMIFCO)

It’s time to discover Ain Sahban

When you think of outdoor adventure, Al Batinah Governorate will be the last thing you’d think of. Other than the hours of drive it has to take to get there,

W Muscat in Qurm to accept guests from tomorrow

Muscat: The W Muscat has started accepted bookings from guests effectively for April 10 and onwards, the hotel executives confirmed.

All that smells great is not bukhoor

 The scented bricks or agarwood soaked in fragrant oils and burnt in households as part of tradition and on special occasions is an aromatic experience.

Student group pilots aquaculture of ornamental fish variety

MUSCAT: A student research group at the Department of Marine Science and Fisheries of the College of Agricultural & Marine Sciences at Sultan Qaboos University

HOLIDAY CROWD AT POPULAR DESTINATIONS PROVIDES A FILLIP TO LOCAL TOURISM

MUSCAT – Boosting local tourism, over 14,000 have visited popular tourist destinations during the Isra’a Wal Miraj holiday.

OMAN AIRPORTS CEO FIRST ARAB TO BECOME VP IN AIRPORTS COUNCIL INTERNATIONAL

MUSCAT – In an unprecedented achievement, Sheikh Aimen bin Ahmed al Hosni, CEO, Oman Airports has become the first Arab to become the vice president of Airports Council International (ACI).

Silver filigree craftsmanship: An ancient tradition that holds modern allure

Of all the crafts of Oman, the Sultanate’s silverwork, especially jewellery, is perhaps the most beautiful. While different regions of Oman have their own distinctive styles

Shinas sinkhole, the pool of unknown depth

Located in Al Batinah Governate, the Shinas Sinkhole is approximately 120 by 130 metres wide making it much bigger than Bimmah Sinkhole found in Sur.

Historical weapon exhibit set to open in Oman

Muscat: A new exhibit featuring a collection of historic weapons from Oman and other parts of the world will open this evening.

STUDENTS EXHIBIT ART AT LIWA FORT

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.

It’s time to smell the roses of Al Jabal Al Akhdar

Today is officially the start of a long holiday. Wondering what fun things to do and where to go to get the full advantage of the holiday?

Domestic tourism gets boost

Muscat: Oman Tourism reported large number of visitors at different tourist attractions on Wednesday and Thursday.

Food Safety Week begins today

MUSCAT: Activities of the Food Safety Week 2019, organised by the Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources, will begin on Sunday and run till April 11.

Indoor trampoline adventure park springs into action in June

 Renowned across the region, BOUNCE will soon be leaping into Oman. Set to be located in Al Ghubrah, spanning over 4,000 sqm, the ultimate indoor playground, BOUNCE,

Tourism sector gets a boost from Citroen classic car discovery tour

MUSCAT: A French discovery tour team, which conducted its first Citroen 2CV discovery tour in Oman last week with 30 “Deudeuchs”,

‘Holiday economics’ to boost domestic tourism in Oman

 The clubbing of public holidays with the regular weekend can help stimulate the local and small entrepreneurs in the tourism sectors,

LONG WEEKEND IS HERE: RESIDENTS OPT FOR STAYCATION AS AIRFARES INCREASE

MUSCAT – Both Omanis and expatriates are looking for perfect getaways to make best use of the long weekend.

RAS AL HADD FORT CLOSED FOR RENOVATION WORKS

MUSCAT – The Ras al Hadd fort in South Sharqiyah will remain closed for renovation works from April 1 till further notice.

Al Mouj Golf to support golf tourism in Oman

Oman’s unique appeal as a golfing destination will continue to be showcased at the 8th Asian Golf Tourism Convention (AGTC) in Cambodia

Five-fold surge in Russian tourists

The inflow of Russian tourists to the Sultanate during Quarter 1, 2019 grew five times more than the same period last year,

Trek on the trails of frankincense in Salalah

Come April and there is an aroma of fresh frankincense in most parts of Dhofar. Reason for this fresh aroma is not too far to seek,

OMANI GROUP WINS IN WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST

MUSCAT – The Sawarah photography group of the children’s welfare centre in Al Khoudh has won in World Cup of Photography held in Germany.

MUSCAT AIRPORT RECORDS 8.7% RISE IN PASSENGERS, 2.2% INCREASE IN FLIGHTS

The total number of passengers at Muscat International Airport rose by 8.7 per cent to 2.66mn at the end of February 2019, over the same period of the previous year.

MECA INKS PACT FOR PROTECTION WALL TO GUIDE BABY TURTLES TO SEA

MUSCAT – The Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA) has  signed an agreement with Oman India Fertiliser Company (Omifco) to fund a project in Ras al Jinz Turtle Reserve.

JW Marriot Hotel plans to open this year

Omran has made great strides in the development of JW Marriott hotel project at Madinat Al Irfan, ahead of its anticipated soft opening in Q3 2019.

Sultanate joins world to mark Earth Hour

The Sultanate marked the World Earth Hour on Saturday as the Environment Society of Oman (ESO) urged all citizens and residents to join millions of people across the world

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.

KHASAB PORT AIMS TO BE HUB FOR TOURISM

Marafi will take over the operations of Port of Khasab from April 1 as part of its plan to develop it as an international hub to attract investment and more tourists from around the world.

HERITAGE WEAPONS MUSEUM TO OPEN IN BIRKAT AL MOUZ

After 14 years in construction and preparation, the Bait ar Rudaydah Centre of Excellence for Historic Arms in Birkat al Mouz will open to public on April 3.

CYBERSECURITY INDEX: OMAN SECOND IN ARAB REGION

MUSCAT – The sultanate ranked second in the Arab region in the Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) 2018-19.

2 cruise ships dock at Salalah Port

 Salalah Port on Thursday received ‘Queen Mary 2’ and ‘Costa neoRiviera’ cruise ships with 3,485 tourists from various nationalities on their boards.

Falaj Al Maitha in Bahla feeds the flow of tradition

BAHLA: The aflaj systems, established in the Sultanate to provide water security, are unique engineering systems that characterise the Sultanate.

Passengers at Muscat airport rise by 8.7pc, Salalah 5.5pc

MUSCAT: The total number of passengers at Muscat International Airport rose by 8.7 per cent to 2.66 million at the end of February 2019,

Antique shops open at Bait al Baranda

Muscat: Two shops selling antiques and gifts have been opened at the iconic Bait al Baranda in Mutrah on Tuesday.

Czech Senate President extols Omani heritage

Jaroslav Kubera, President of the Senate of the Czech Republic and his delegation, visited the National Museum on Tuesday.

Bringing the ‘light and life’ of Oman to Mexico

As an artist, Saud al Hunani takes pride in representing Oman to any international event.

Bait al Hadith: A home beyond measure

Issa Nasser Said Al Saqri gestured with pride at the grand old house standing tall in the Harat Al Saybani area of Birkat Al Mouz,

MUSEUM OF MODERN ART DELEGATION VISITS SULTANATE

MUSCAT – Hussain Mohammed Ali, Oman’s former ambassador to the UK, hosted a reception in honour of a visiting delegation of members of the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA),

Cruise ship visits Salalah Port

Salalah: The British cruise ship “Sapphire Princess” visited Salalah Port on Sunday carrying 2624 passengers on its board from different nationalities.

Five-star resort in Qurayat to be ready in 2020

Muscat:  The five-star Dhabab Resort, currently being built in Qurayat is 60 per cent complete and will be ready in the first quarter of 2020.

Trail hiking promotes tourism and health

 The Ministry of Tourism took a pro active role by organising a ‘Hiking trail on the Road to Frankincense’,

Four-star Al Mouj Rayhaan hotel to open in 2021

Muscat: Al Mouj Rayhaan, the four-star hotel, will open in 2021 with 251 hotel units ranging from luxurious rooms and suites to hotel apartments.

Manah Public Park opened

Manah: Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) officially opened the Manah public park in an event which also marked World Water Day,

Falling in love at first sight with Mughsayl

If I have to choose my favourite destination in my three years of stay in Oman, it has to be Mughsayl located in Dhofar.

Wadi Bani Khalid: An all-time tourist attraction

 Wadi Bani Khalid in the Governorate of North Al Sharqiyah is one of the wilayats that boasts various features of nature tourism in several places,

National honours for 11 outstanding projects in Oman

Muscat: A total of 11 outstanding projects have been selected as the national winners for Oman by the MEED Projects Awards, in association with Mashreq.

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.

Manah’s Al Fiqain castle is real treat for visitors

Al Fiqain Castle in Manah is about 15 minutes drive away from Nizwa, it would be of so much interest you can spend hours discovering its inner workings.

Cyclones bring patches of green to Rub al Khali desert

  Greenery in Empty Quarters is something to be seen and believed. Known popularly as Rub al Khali, the place is synonymous with kilometres of empty desert

ON A TRAIL TO PROMOTE THE FRANKINCENSE TREE

MUSCAT – Over 200 people will take part in a hiking expedition in Dhofar on Thursday to promote the frankincense tree.

ROP to add work visa to online services this year

Muscat: Beginning later this year, work visas will be made online, efforts of which are currently underway, according to sources at the e-visa department of the Royal Oman Police (ROP).

Eagle owl found in Muscat

Muscat: An Omani citizen found an eagle owl in Al Ghubra area in the Governorate of Muscat on Tuesday.

Festival of choirs weave a web of vocal excellence

This weekend, 90 girls and 43 boys from fourteen schools representing 43 nationalities descended on Muscat for two days of vocal rehearsals at the American International School Muscat.

New Muscat Airport marks one year of operations

The new passenger terminal building at Muscat International Airport, which was opened to public a year ago, is already being rated among the best in Asia.

ESO in focus: The passion for protecting the environment rages on

The Environment Society of Oman was founded in 1997 as an idea by a group of ten people who were passionate about the environment and wanted to work together for a common cause.

EUROPEAN VISITORS TO GCC TO INCREASE 29% BY 2023: REPORT

MUSCAT – Arrivals from Europe to the GCC will increase 29 per cent between 2018 and 2023. According to the latest data released ahead of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2019,

Oman Tourism Awards presented

 Sayyid Hamoud bin Faisal al Busaidy, Minister of Interior, presented first Oman Tourism Awards (OTA) at a function in Al Bustan Palace Hotel on Monday.

Manuscripts exhibition highlights heritage, culture

Muscat: A manuscripts exhibition was opened at Museum of Sayyid Faisal bin Ali al Said in the Ministry of Heritage and Culture on Monday.

Oman air tops in noise reduction at UK airport

Oman Air, the national airline of Oman, has been recognised as the cleanest and quietest carrier in contributing to the reduction of the noise at the UK’s Heathrow Airport,

Ministry offers five tourist sites to private investors

Muscat: Five tourism sites in four governorates have been earmarked for investment by local companies, the Ministry of Tourism has announced,

Amazing nights of world class folklore

This weekend saw a totally new experience presented by ROHM in an inaugural Worldwide Folk Music Festival.

This beach-loving couple recommends four outdoor adventures

Chloe and James are the people behind the Instagram account @ordinary.adventurers and were in Oman to check out the country’s myriad of outdoor adventures.

Comex 2019 kicks off

Muscat: The 29th edition of COMEX exhibition kicked off today under the auspices of Sayyid Kamil bin Fahd bin Mahmoud al Said, Assistant Secretary General for Cabinet Affairs.

Italian cruise ship visits Salalah Port

Salalah: The Italian cruise ship AIDA Blu visited Salalah Port on Sunday with 2,042 passengers on its board from different nationalities.

Drive to boost caravan tourism

 To encourage local businesses and enhance the overall tourism experience in the country, the Ministry of Tourism will encourage setting up of RV Parks in the city,

Masirah Island faces risk from tourists, fishermen

 – Masirah Island, in recent years, has emerged as a popular destination for visitors from Oman, especially for adventure tourists.

E-Census 2020 to start campaign, launches logo

 Electronic Census of Population, Housings and Establishments 2020 has completed its preparation phase and is now working towards launching a nationwide campaign for updating data.

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.

LARGEST AQUARIUM IN MIDDLE EAST TO OPEN AT MALL OF MUSCAT ON APRIL 15

MUSCAT – One of the most anticipated projects in the country, Mall of Muscat, is set to open its doors to the public on April 15.

Five water activities you can do with your family

The weather has been absolutely amazing this Omani winter and what better way to spend the weekends than with your family, friends and loved ones.

720,000 Europeans to visit Oman over next five years

Arrivals from Europe to the GCC will increase 29 per cent over the period 2018 to 2023,

Oman received 20,000 visitors from Russia in 2018: MoT

Muscat: Over 20,000 tourists from Russia visited Oman last year, said a top official of Oman Tourism in Moscow.

Oman a hotbed for valuable moon rocks and meteors

Muscat: A search has started for moon rocks in Oman, headed by the Public Authority for Mining.

Travel blogger lists his five best places to visit around Muscat, Oman

Muscat: A travel blogger who recently spent about a month and a half in Oman has listed his five favourite places to visit in and around Muscat, until he returns for another visit, that is

Comex begins on March 17

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.

Oman is an absolute dream for motor cyclists

She looked at the slithering road before her trying to gain perspective of the expanse they just drove on by.

Oman hotel revenue grows by 14.3 per cent

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.

IN HUES OF NOSTALGIA

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.

100 OMANI YOUTHS REMOVE TONNES OF RUBBISH FROM AL SAWADI BEACH

MUSCAT – A clean-up campaign with the participation of 100 Omani youths was held at the Al Sawadi beach recently.

ITB partnership to boost Oman tourism

Berlin: The organising committee of the International Tourism Börse (ITB) Berlin 2020 announced that the Sultanate has been selected as the official partner of the ITB Berlin 2020.

Come, see priceless art

  His Highness Sayyid Haitham bin Tareq al Said, Minister of Heritage & Culture and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Museum,

Travel around the world with Oman World Folk Music Festival

Performing artists from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas, join Omani musicians in a spectacular festival that takes ROHM audiences around the world in three days

Locking Oman’s beauty in an art

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.

Salalah named Capital of Arab Summer Resorts for 2019

Muscat: The Arab Tourism Organization has named the city of Salalah in Oman as the capital of Arab Summer Resorts for the year 2019.

EXHIBITION TO FEATURE 900 YEAR OLD ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPTS

MUSCAT – Original manuscripts dating back 900 years will be some of the rare documents on display at the Omani Manuscripts and Documents Exhibition to be held along with workshops in three wilayats.

MOT EXPECTS INVESTMENTS TO TOUCH RO19BN BY 2040

MUSCAT – The direct added value of the tourism sector increased in 2018 to RO912mn compared to RO728mn in 2017, said H E Ahmed bin Nasser al Mehrzi, Minister of Tourism.

Empowering families by empowering women

Women were at the centre of a recently concluded arts and culture programme organised by the Oman Chapter of Bhavalya held at the auditorium of the Indian Embassy in Muscat.

Work under way on Mina Sultan Qaboos Waterfront project

Work is in progress for completion of some phases of the Mina Sultan Qaboos Waterfront Project, sources at the Muttrah Tourism Development Company confirmed to the Observer.

National Museum to mark Hermitage Day today

Muscat: His Highness Sayyid Haitham bin Tareq al Said, Minister of Heritage and Culture, Chairman of Trustee Board of the National Museum,

Crafts exhibition gathers 49 int’l entities

  The second edition of the International Exhibition for Crafts Industries kicked off on Sunday evening at Sahwa Park, Seeb.

Oman tops Arab Tourism Media Awards in Berlin

Berlin: Oman topped the list of the 11th Arab Tourism Media Awards by securing seven awards in the various fields.

NATIONAL MUSEUM TO OPEN OMANI CUISINE RESTAURANT

MUSCAT – To enhance visitors’ experience, the National Museum will open a restaurant – Majlis al Luban – this month.

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),

Dhofari weddings preserve distinctive Omani traditions

“Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs”, that is how the American novelist Thomas Wolfe sees a culture. However, I do believe that culture is too complicated to be explained in words,

Muscat Most Improved Airport in the Middle East

Muscat International Airport has been ranked by Airports Council International (ACI) as the best airport in the Middle East in terms of passenger satisfaction.

Oman adjudged best Arab tourist destination

BERLIN: The Sultanate of Oman has won the award for the best tourist destination of the Arab region.

Oman wins heritage tourism destination award

BERLIN: The Sultanate has won the International Award for Best Destination — Heritage and Culture 2019 presented by the Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA),

Task Force spots marine mammal areas in Sultanate

 The IUCN Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force identified an extraordinary 55 candidate-important marine mammal areas (IMMAs)

Choicest Tourist Destination

Best Tourist Destination in the Arab Region Award, Favourite Road-Trip Destination Award, successful hosting of Ironman 70.3 championship,

Salut a destination for archaeological findings

A number of Bronze Age graves on the hills adjacent to Salut City in Bahla were recently excavated, witnessing a great variability in their structure.

What you should know about Oman’s falaj system

In almost every village, town and city in Oman, you’ll find a long deep path of water running through houses, streets and farms.

Discovering the snake route of barr al jissah

Oman as a country is starting to attract outdoor lovers from all over the world. In the first quarter of 2019 alone, I received dozens of inquiries from travellers

Beach carnival receives over 40,000 visitors

The Sur Al Hadid Beach Carnival that attracted nearly over 40,000 visitors over three days, including weekend,

Khareef 2019: Driving to Salalah will be safer this year

Muscat: Driving to Salalah’s 2019 Khareef Festival will be safer, thanks to the Ministry of Transport’s new road plans.

Multilingual Omani tour guides woo tourists

Omani tour guides are now learning new languages to meet the needs of those visitor who prefer having tour guides who can converse in their language.

STAMP UP THE MUSIC

Music enthusiasts and philatelists alike are in for a very special treat from Oman Post. The company launched four interactive stamps celebrating the

20 OMANI PHOTOGRAPHERS PROMOTE TOURISM

MUSCAT – Twenty Omani photographers have come together from Bidiyah to promote the country’s tourism through social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

OCA to colour Jabal Shams’ Peak pink with hikers

Oman Cancer Association is organizing an expedition to Jabal Shams to create awareness, raise funds and turn the summit pink to create awareness on breast cancer.

Crafts expo in Seeb from March 10 to 13

The Public Authority for Craft Industries (PACI), will host the second edition of the International Handicrafts Exhibition at Al Sahwa Park in the Wilayat of Seeb

Oman ‘very special’ for marine mammals

SALALAH, March 5 – Oman holds an important place for marine mammals due to high diversity it gets from the Sea of Oman and the Indian Ocean.

Oman ranked among healthiest countries in the world

Muscat: The Global Wellness Index published by investment firm LetterOne, has ranked countries based on its assessments of global living standards,

Japan Ambassador hosts reception

Toshinori Kobayashi, Ambassador of Japan to the Sultanate of Oman hosted a reception at his residence in Muscat in cooperation with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on Sunday.

Chinese community celebrates 40 years of ties with Oman

 People from the Republic of China in the Sultanate celebrated the 40 years of the diplomatic relations between the two nations at a ceremony held in Barka on Saturday.

OTaxi marks first year of operations; to launch card payment

  The app-based cab, OTaxi, last week completed one year of operations since it received approval from the Ministry of Transport of Communication.

Sur Al Hadid Beach Carnival to display home-grown brands

Muscat: Sur Al Hadid Beach is set to be transformed into a vibrant display of home-grown brands and a plethora of activities for families and visitors

Caribbean Carnival to spice things up in Muscat

An eclectic experience of music, fashion, food, and above all, fun will be the key attractions of the second Caribbean Carnival to be held on March 22 at Dolphin Village.

The Sultanate celebrates Omani Craftsmen Day

Muscat: 88 percent of artisans in Oman are women, according to the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI).

Innovative minds get a boost at Salalah expo

SALALAH, MARCH 3 – Innovative minds got a boost from different quarters in terms of encouragement, assessment and standby assurance of financial

Sultanate’s handicrafts hailed, artisans honoured

MUSCAT, MARCH 3 – The number of Omani craftsmen witnessed an increase in 2018 by 1.96 per cent to reach 21,557, of whom 88 per cent are women,

Al Amerat Walkway Project officially inaugurated

Muscat: Eng Mohsin bin Mohammed al Sheikh, chairman of Muscat Municipality, officially inaugurated the Al Amerat Walkway

PSO celebrates Oman’s wildlife with exhibit

In the occasion of World Wildlife Day celebrated on March 3, the Photographic Society of Oman launched an exhibition on the Omani Wildlife yesterday

Simple efforts that impact wildlife

Koshy Samuel spotted the red fox despite it camouflaging with the barren landscape. He was headed to join a fun hike at the nearby mountains of Bandar al Khairan

Oman voted Favourite Road-Trip Destination

 The Sultanate, represented by the Ministry of Tourism, won the “Favourite Road-Trip Destination” award at the Conte Nast Traveller Middle East Readers’ Choice Awards

Ministry of Tourism receives coveted global recognition

Muscat: Oman’s Ministry of Tourism has won an award for best road trip destination at the Conde Nast Traveller Middle East Readers’ Choice Awards 2018-19.

WINDS FAIL TO DAMPEN SPIRITS OF VISITORS AT OMAN OPEN

MUSCAT – The winds were strong and wild but the spirits of spectators at Oman Open on Saturday were high throughout.

OMAN OPEN A PERFECT PLATFORM TO PROMOTE THE COUNTRY AS TOURIST DESTINATION: H E RUMHI

The ongoing Oman Open, the prestigious European Tour being organised for the second time in the country,

The Flow

No water, no life. No blue, no green. As an idea, we all know this pretty much, and thanks are due to marine biologist Sylvia Earle for articulating it so fluidly.

Oman has become affordable destination for Indians

Muscat: Successive marketing campaigns have helped promote Oman among Indians as an affordable tourist destination instead of a place for jobs, said a top official at the Ministry of Tourism.

Demand for women tourist guides up

 The Ministry of Tourism celebrated the International Tourist Guide in a ceremony presided over by Adel bin Al Murdas al Busaidi, Adviser, Ministry of Tourism.

Muscat Book Fair ends on a high note

  The vibrant 24th edition of Muscat International Book Fair held at Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre came to a close last night with a closing ceremony

Omani Qahwa — The essence of Omani hospitality

Whether a resident or visitor, you haven’t experienced Oman until the moment you taste your first cup of Qahwa.

Oman’s aquatic acrobats – the Arabian Sea Humpback Whales

The sea off the coast of Oman has a wealth of underwater treasures. The pristine blue waters offer sanctuary to a multitude of marine life, mind-boggling in their diversity;

Tourism sector set to provide 26,000 jobs

  The tourism sector provides suitable job opportunities and there are efforts to increase Omanisation rate by boosting job-linked training and increasing

HIGH HOTEL ROOM RATES A DAMPENER FOR MANY

MUSCAT – As companies operating in the hotel and hospitality sector had a tough last year with many hurt by lower average room rates and low occupancy affecting the overall profitability,

Sold-out inaugural Haute Route Oman event gets underway this weekend

Muscat: The first ever Haute Route Oman is all systems go, with a sold out entry of 265 road cyclists set to take on the challenging course through the Sultanate, scheduled to start Friday, 1 March 2019.

Muscat’s biggest annual music festival on February 28

Muscat: Jebel will host the city’s biggest annual music festival, Sifah Stock on February 28, bringing together  Omani and international musicians,

Falcons smuggling attempt foiled in Oman

Muscat: Customs personnel at Saa border checkpoint foiled an attempt to smuggle two falcons out of the Sultanate.

In the kingdom of the mighty oryx

About 100 km east of Haima, the road leading to Al Wosta Wildlife Reserve looked barren with only shrubs and very small desert bushes dotting the area.

Arab Tourism Day to focus on sustainable development

MUSCAT, FEB 24 – The Sultanate will participate in the celebrations of the Arab Tourism Day along with other Arab countries on Monday.

$323bn tourism sector investment likely in Arab region

Muscat: Tourism investment in the region is expected to reach $323 billion by the end of 2020, according to a major tourism organisation in the region.

31 new hotels in 2019 will boost Oman tourism

Muscat: Oman’s Ministry of Tourism is making accommodation in the Sultanate more affordable for everyone in order to cater to a wider market

OMAN EXPECTS DOUBLE-DIGIT GROWTH IN TOURISTS FROM INDIA

MUSCAT – Oman is expecting a double-digit growth in the number of tourist arrivals from India, its second-highest source market, in 2019 as it pushes to make the sultanate a preferred destination for Indian travellers.

New walkway in Al Amerat to open soon

Muscat: Muscat Municipality is currently constructing a walkway and bike trail in Al Mahaj area in the Wilayat of Al Amerat near Al Amerat Park.

Al Faiqain Castle reflects Omani traditional architecture in Manah

Manah: ‘Al Faiqeen’ Castle in the Wilayat of Manah in the Governorate of Al Dakhiliyah, with its high towers standing in the middle of ‘Al Faiqain’ Village,

Seeb Beach Carnival to boost tourism

 The Organising Committee of Sur Al Hadid Beach Carnival, spearheaded by Muscat Municipality, the Ministry of Tourism, Oman Tourism Development Company (OMRAN) and Muscat Eat,

5 best souqs to get your souvenirs from

If you are an expat in Oman or a passing tourist wondering where to get the best souvenirs to take with you back home, souqs are the best places for you to shop.

A Busy Saturday…

Every Saturday, Al Mamour Souq in the Wilayat of Bahla gets busy with sellers and buyers coming from the entire Wilayat of Bahla.

A treasure trove awaits nature lovers at MIBF

  At the very entrance of Muscat International Book Fair awaits a treasure trove that is a pleasant surprise for nature enthusiasts.

#ReadersResponse: Omanis will reap the rewards of national tourism drive

Residents and citizens in Oman are looking forward to seeing Oman turn into a thriving tourism destination, after Oman Aviation Group drew up plans to attract up to 40 million passengers into the country by 2030.

Oman has more than 20,000 hotel rooms

There were more than 22,000 hotel rooms spread across the Sultanate up until the end of 2018, the Ministry of Tourism announced.

HOTEL SECTOR HIT BY LOW REVENUES

MUSCAT – Companies operating in the hotel and hospitality sector had a tough last year with many hurt by lower average room rates and low occupancy affecting the overall profitability.

Reading sessions for children by Al Jisr Foundation

MUSCAT: To encourage reading among children, a team from Al Jisr Foundation recently toured Muscat’s public hospitals

Al Faiqain a towering tradition of Sultanate’s architecture

MANAH: Al Faiqain castle in the Wilayat of Manah in the Governorate of Al Dakhiliyah, with its high towers standing in the middle of Al Faiqain village,

Qurum Natural Park to have Ironman VIllage

Muscat: Supported by the Ministry of Tourism (MoT), the iconic triathlon competition, Ironman, will be held in Muscat on March 1, with the general registration already sold out.

This famous taxi operator could soon come to Oman

Muscat: Global ridesharing service Uber is welcome to operate in Oman, but only if it follows the regulations of the Sultanate, the country’s Minister of Transport and Communications said.

‘25% jump in tourism sector value addition’

Ahmed bin Nasser Al Mehrazi, Minister of Tourism said that the value added to the tourism sector amounted to OMR912 million by the end of 2018.

Five centuries of organ and orchestral music

ROHM’s magnificent pipe organ comes alive as renowned Muscat organists, along with European colleagues and orchestral musicians,

The Sultana Trail: Seeing Yiti from the peak

Lee Barton felt the morning chill while waiting at the petrol station near Sultan Centre in Qurum for the car that would take him and his companion to the starting point of the Sultana Trail.

Wakan lures visitors with pink blossoms

With photography gears in hand, Althaf Abdul and his colleagues from FSO Muscat had always thought of Wakan as one of the Sultanate’s hidden treasures

Muscat Book Fair opens

The 24th edition of Muscat International Book Fair was officially opened by Ahmed bin Nasser al Mehrzi, Minister of Tourism, at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre on Wednesday.

FREE CAMPING, SAFARI AT AL SALEEL PARK

MUSCAT – To understand and know about Oman’s rich biodiversity, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA)

ROP MULLS CREATING DATABASE OF WILDLIFE SPECIES TO NAB POACHERS

MUSCAT – Poaching is a serious concern worldwide and countries across the world are working to expand and amp their facilities especially in wildlife forensic science. And Oman is not far behind.

412 HOTELS, 22,182 ROOMS UNTIL THE END OF 2018: MOT

MUSCAT – Oman has witnessed rapid development in the hospitality sector over the last few years with the number of hotel properties increasing considerably.

GUtech aims to become Oman hub for drone R&D

 Ahead of next week’s much-anticipated business forum on drones, the organisers GUtech (The German University of Technology in Oman)

10-day fest of words and fun starts today

The 24th edition of Muscat International Book Fair (MIBF) will be inaugurated at the Oman Exhibition and Convention Centre on Wednesday.

Oman’s biggest coconut palm project planned in Dhofar

 The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is inviting private investors to support the establishment of a 100,000-tree coconut tree plantation in Salalah,

Minister to discuss state of tourism sector in Majlis Ash’shura

 Muscat: Majlis Ash’shura will host Ahmed bin Nasser al Mehrzi, Minister of Tourism, on February 27 and 28.

‘Great riding experience’ for tourists, residents in Salalah

Camels and horses are the new source of entertainment for tourists in Salalah, as they find horse riding and camel riding entertaining and exciting, especially for their young children.

Tourism contributed 2.9 per cent to GDP

 Muscat: Ahmed bin Nasser al Mehrazi, Minister of Tourism, said the tourism sector contributed RO 912 million to the economy by the end of 2018, compared to RO 728 million in 2017

Hilton Garden Inn to open in Al Khuwair on February 25

Muscat: Muscat will officially welcome its first Hilton Garden Inn property, offering business travelers, holiday seekers and residents access to Hilton’s globally

Haya’s Al Ansab wetland in bloom

Muscat:  Colours and fragrance fill the air at Al Ansab Wetland where winter sees the best of plants and trees bloom. The wetland has 113 species of Omani trees and shrubs.

Oman to get its first zoological park soon

Muscat: The Ministry of Tourism said on Monday that work on the first zoological park in Oman is on track.

Cruise ship with over 2000 passengers docks in Muscat

Muscat: The cruise ship “Costa Mediterrane” has arrived at Sultan Qaboos port with 2,290 passengers.

Ministry updates on status of tourism projects in Oman

Muscat: The Ministry of Tourism has issued a statement on the status of several tourism projects that were announced in recent years.

Tonnes of plastic waste removed from Al Hail beach

MUSCAT, FEB 18 – The activists who ventured on a beach cleaning drive in Al Hail recently were shocked to find tonnes of plastic waste piled up on the beach.

Redevelopment of Hafa is everybody’s guess in Salalah

 SALALAH, Feb 18 – Hafa is so closely associated with the life of Salalah that any development on the seafront becomes talk of the town immediately.

5 Things to not miss at opera exhibit

Did you know that the Royal Opera House Muscat’s pipe organ, the largest in the GCC, has a unique flute sound called ‘Flute Qaboos’ —

Oman ideal adventure destination

 – Oman is the go-to place for those seeking adventure. While the wadis draw visitors who love treks and walks, the mountains attract those interested in rock climbing or simply driving up the circuitous route to reach the dizzy heights.

Heritage showcased at SAF Museum exhibition

 MUSCAT, Feb 18 – The Sultan’s Armed Forces Museum had an additional feature for a day on Monday as Omani heritage represented by artisans and SMEs were on show

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar bags Tripadvisor award

Muscat: Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort has won the TripAdvisor 2019 Travelers’ Choice Award for ‘Best Luxury Hotel in Oman’.

Al Araimi Walkway in Barka to be ready in 20 months

Muscat: Al Raid Group laid the foundation stone for the Al Araimi Walkway in Barka project On Monday.

Is kahwa facing competition from western coffee?

– Kahwa — the Arabic word for coffee in Oman — is an intrinsic part of Omani hospitality and whose method of preparation is different from that of non-Arab nations.

Iconic buildings around old airport to be razed

  Muscat – Iconic landmarks around the old Seeb airport are expected to soon make way for new developments. Until mid-2000, two buildings caught the attention of visitors to Muscat.

MUSCAT FESTIVAL COMMITTEE CONDUCTS VISITORS’ SURVEY

The Muscat Festival Organising Committee conducted a survey at both its festival venues – Amerat Park and Naseem Gardens to get visitors’ feedback.

Looking out for turtles!

LIFE for Mohammad al Hassani, Sultanate’s first dedicated turtle ranger, and his deputy Hassan al Qasimi, can be tough and challenging.

Muriya backs Oman’s bid to become sports tourism destination

 Top-class sportspeople from the world of sailing and cycling are converging on Oman in general and Muriya’s Hawana Salalah and Jebel Sifah destinations to

Investments in heritage tourist inns paying rich dividends

MUSCAT, Feb 13 – The Ministry of Tourism (MoT) is encouraging investment from citizens on green heritage tourist inns and guest houses in an attempt to add value to tourism in the Sultanate.

523,000 titles from 30 countries up for grabs

MUSCAT, Feb 13 – More than 523,000 titles from nearly 30 countries will be up for grabs at the 24th Muscat International Book Fair,

MUSCAT INTERNATIONAL BOOK FAIR TO BE HELD FROM FEB 20 TO MARCH 2

MUSCAT – H E Dr Abdulmunim bin Mansour bin Said al Hasani, Minister of Information, and chairman of the organising committee of the Muscat International Book Fair (MIBF),

Muscat Strings – The first string orchestra in Oman

The name “Muscat Strings” hardly does justice to the professional quality and musicianship of the new chamber orchestra which gave its inaugural concert on Tuesday evening.

Two cruise ships visit SQP

 Khasab: Two cruise ships “Horizon” & “MSC Lirica” arrived in Sultan Qaboos Port coming from Khasab Port.

1.3 million more passengers use Muscat Airport in 2018

Muscat: Oman Aviation Group said that it created more than 980 direct Omani jobs and contributed to supporting nearly 8,000 indirect jobs within the Sultanate.

Two cruise ships with 5,000 tourists on board arrive in Muscat

Muscat: More than 5,000 tourists arrived in the Sultanate via Sultan Qaboos Port in wilayat Muttrah.

TOURISM COMPANY DONATES PAINTING TO NATIONAL MUSEUM

MUSCAT – Wings of Luxury, a company operating in the Omani tourism sector, has donated to the National Museum a painting of an international artist Patrick Mougeot. The painting has been done using oil on canvas.

Excavation work continues at the archaeological site of Bat

Muscat: The Ministry of Heritage and Culture completes the excavation work at the archaeological site of Bat to discover the secrets of archaeological site listed on the World Heritage List.

NEARLY A MILLION VISIT MUSCAT FESTIVAL EVENTS

MUSCAT – This year’s Muscat Festival, which ended on Saturday proved to be a big hit, recording 965,812 visitors.

Clean city, healthy city!

While seeking the cooperation of the public in keeping a healthy and clean city, the Muscat Municipality has issued a strong warning to those responsible for the sewage water that spill out to the streets.

Muscat Book Fair committee Meets

 The Organising Committee of the 24th Muscat International Book Fair held a meeting chaired by Dr Abdulmunim bin Mansour al Hasani, Minister of Information, Chairman of the Committee, on Sunday.

Top cyclists to vie for title as Tour of Oman begins on February 16

Muscat, Feb 10 – The annual international cycling event, Tour of Oman, will take place between February 16 and 21 as part of Muscat Festival 2019.

Common genet spotted in Salalah

 Salalah, Feb 10 – Said al Shanfari was all ears when he heard some sounds during a trip to a wadi in Dhofar Governorate.

OVER 48,000 VISITED RAS AL JINZ TURTLE RESERVE LAST YEAR

MUSCAT – More than 48,000 domestic and foreign tourists visited Ras al Jinz turtle reserve in Ras al Hadd in the wilayat of Sur last year.

Dedicated lanes to pick/drop passengers at Muscat Airport

Muscat: Oman Airports will provide dedicated lanes at the entry of arrival and departures areas of Muscat International Airport.

Muscat Festival ends on a high note

MUSCAT, Feb 9 – The curtains came down on the 21st edition of Muscat Festival which showcased Oman’s tradition and culture, attracting nearly a million visitors from across the globe.

A PERFECT MIX OF ENTERTAINMENT

MUSCAT – With over 40 rides in total at both Amerat Park and Naseem Gardens, the Muscat Festival is one of the loved events in Oman especially when it comes to children.

TRAVEL IN A BYGONE ERA…

MUSCAT – Once used as a common means of transportation in the sultanate, donkeys are slowly losing their role and importance in society, thanks to technology and innovation.

OMAN OPEN GOLF TOURNEY SET TO BOOST TOURISM

MUSCAT – Excitement is building in the capital with only three weeks to go until the spectacular Al Mouj Golf hosts the second edition of the European Tour’s Oman Open,

Hilton Garden Inn Muscat starts bookings

Muscat:The Hilton Garden Inn Muscat Al Khuwair has started accepting reservations for stays starting from March 1 2019, the company said on it official account.

Oman’s culture a draw for holidayers

 London: The Sultanate offers a wonderful mix of heritage and modern life, British newspaper The Telegraph said in a report on Wednesday.

Oman to unveil vision for new Ocean Economy

 Luminaries and thought-leaders from the worlds of science, technology, sustainability and the blue economy are among a distinguished roster of

Oman to host its first beach carnival

Muscat: Oman will be hosting its first beach carnival next month at Sur Al Hadid in Al Seeb, Oman Tourism has announced.According to officials the carnival is scheduled to take place from March 7 – 9, 2019.

Oman looks to double number of Russian tourists

Muscat: Double the number of Russians will know about Oman as a tourist destination in the next two years, according to Harald Zulauf, CEO of the Oman external tourism office in Russia.

Helping SMEs expand their tourist reach

Oman’s largest Integrated Tourism Complex (ITC), Hawana Salalah, has launched weekly events to promote small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Dhofar.

Drones to play bigger role in future cities

 MUSCAT, Feb 5 – As the world is catching up with the evolution of future cities, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) play a crucial role in making them smarter.

Reunited — 389 ‘lost’ children safe thanks to festival staff

Muscat: A total of 389 children reported lost at the Muscat Festival this year have been reunited with their parents thanks to the hard work of on-the-ground festival workers.

New hotels to accommodate increasing tourist numbers

 With Oman experiencing sustained growth in tourism arrivals, recent years have seen the concurrent expansion of lodging options.

Indian tourists to Sultanate up, Russia new market this year

 Muscat, Feb 4 – Russia is the new market identified for promoting Oman tourism, while tourist numbers from India grow more than 10 per cent since the introduction of electronic visa.

826,000 tourists visited Dhofar in 2018

 Muscat, Feb 4 – The Dhofar Governorate saw a total of 826,000 tourists in 2018, at a daily average of 8,000, said Maitha bint Saif al Mahrouqi, Under-Secretary, Ministry of Tourism.

Over 12,000 tourists visit Oman’s Land of Frankincense sites in January

Salalah: The number of visitors to Land of Frankincense sites in the Governorate of Dhofar during January stood at 12,564,

Ras Al Jinz turtle reserve facilities getting spruced up

 Muscat, Feb 3 – Over 48,700 visited Ras Al Jinz turtle reserve in Ras Al Hadd district of wilayat Sur last year making it as one of the top tourist destination in Oman.

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