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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.

Omani-Swiss meteorite search project underway

Muscat: A team from the Public Authority for Mining (PAM), in collaboration with Natural History Museum in Swiss and  the University of Bern, recently started search for Omani meteorites.

Muscat Festival events at both venues cancelled

Muscat : Due to the prevailing weather conditions in the wake of the latest low pressure system, Muscat Festival venues at Amerat and Nassem Garden will be closed on Monday.

Five exciting things to do this weekend in Oman

Muscat: The weekend’s nearly here! It’s so close you can almost taste it. With Friday just around the corner, Times of Oman has a handy list of things for you to do over the weekend.

Al Muthayil band from Shinas wows visitors with traditional performance

Muscat: Visitors to the Muscat Festival experienced a rich traditional performance from the Al Muthayil band from wilayat Shinas.

Traditional games at Muscat Festival

 Traditional games are an important feature of Omani culture and have a special place in the hearts of Omanis. The Muscat Festival at Al Amerat Park and Naseem Park

Graffiti artists paint the festival red!

 A visual treat to the spectators’ senses in the form of graffiti was an incentive to those who visited Amerat Park Muscat Festival venue.

More waiting time allowed to pick/drop air travellers

Muscat: There have been some changes to the waiting time allowed to pick and drop passengers at Muscat Airport.

Excavation work in Bat completed

MUSCAT: The Ministry of Heritage and Culture announced the completion of its survey and excavation work at the World Heritage Site in Bat, in cooperation with American archaeological mission. 

Muscat Festival draws 700,000 visitors

 MUSCAT ,Feb 2 – A total of 704,142 citizens and residents have visited the venues of Muscat Festival 2019 in three weeks.

A house stands for rich heritage against time and elements

Muscat: House of Restoration was set up 1993 in Seeb by Dr Khalid bin Sulaiman al Kharousi to preserve and restore antique manuscripts and

Al Muthayil band from Shinas wows visitors with traditional performance

Muscat: Visitors to the Muscat Festival experienced a rich traditional performance from the Al Muthayil band from wilayat Shinas.

WALKWAYS, CYCLE TRACKS COMING UP IN AMERAT

MUSCAT – Muscat Municipality is constructing pedestrian walkways and cycling tracks in Amerat’s Al Mahj area as part of its project to improve the landscape of the

Wilayat recreates traditional way of life at Muscat Festival

 MUSCAT, Jan 30 – Every wilayat in the Sultanate gets an evening to showcase its customs, music and dance forms, and culinary delights at the Muscat Festival venues.

4 underrated beaches in Al Sharqiya

If you’ve tried booking a tour through travel agencies to explore the Al Sharqiya Governorate, it will be no surprise that they’d give you the usual destinations a lot have seen and been to by now. 

Five interesting caves to visit when in Oman

Caves in Oman are of varying types and lengths, sizes and geographic formations, and annually attract to Oman large numbers of Speleologists

Shabab Oman: Taking the ‘Youth of Oman’ to sea, and to the world

 The name Shabab Oman is synonymous with elegance and tradition, and has represented the Sultanate with incredible dignity for what, in April of this year, will be forty years.

Barka Marina project to include tourism, water sports components

A lavish waterfront development integrated with the Barka fishery harbour in South Al Batinah Governorate will serve as a new landmark for shopping,

Coins hint at mint at ancient Samharam

 Salalah, Jan 29 – Coins discovered at Samharam archaeological site indicate the ancient city of Oman was not only an important trade centre in the region,

Artefacts dating back to 7000 BC discovered in Adam

 Muscat, Jan 29 – Archaeological discoveries dating back to 7,000 BC have been discovered at the Al Mudhmar site in the Wilayat of Adam.

Muscat Airport receives 15.4 million passengers in 2018

Muscat: Muscat International Airport handled around 14.2 million passengers in 2018, compared to 12.8 passengers in 2017,

New 24×7 souq coming up in Oman

Muscat: Work is underway to establish a 24-hour souq in Wilayat Seeb, according to the head of real estate developer BBH Group.

MOT TO PROMOTE ADVENTURE TOURISM ACTIVITIES, FACILITIES IN MUSANDAM

MUSCAT – In its efforts to create high quality tourism experiences in Musandam, the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) is planning to promote adventure tourism and support setting up new hotels in the governorate.

Warming up for healthy Oman, hearty Oman

 Salalah, Jan 28 – Medicines, in some cases, are not a solution; they are the result of the problems we create out of our bad lifestyle.

Jabal Akhdhar sees 226,000 tourists in winter

Muscat: More than 226,000 tourists visited Jabal Akhdar, the preferred destination in winter, in 2018.

MINISTRY ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF SUR’S LANDMARK DESIGNING CONTEST

MUSCAT – The Ministry of Tourism (MoT) has announced the winners of the competition for designing a tourist landmrrk in Sur.

Castle of Fazah Standing testament to history

 LIWA: Fazah Castle is one of the historical and archaeological monuments in the Wilayat of Liwa. It is located between the foothills of the village of Fazah, one of the mountain villages in the wilaya.

RO 100 fine for barbecue in public places and parks

 Muscat, Jan 27 – Muscat Municipality has banned barbecuing in public places. The municipality chairman has issued Decree 31/2019

Wealth fund to set up Oman’s biggest fisheries firm

Muscat, JAN 27 – Oman Investment Fund (OIF), a sovereign wealth fund of the Sultanate of Oman, plans to set up what is billed as the nation’s biggest industrial fisheries companies

Amerat Park, Naseem Garden draw record visitors

 MUSCAT Jan 27 A record turnout of visitors has been witnessed at the Muscat Festival, which entered the third week since its opening on January 10.

ESO clears tonnes of garbage from Masirah beaches

Muscat: The Environment Society of Oman (ESO) organised a beach clean-up on Masirah Island. Over 190 tonnes of waste mainly consisting of old fishing gear and nets, ropes and fishing lines were removed.

SAYYID KAMIL OPENS EXHIBITION BY OMANI ARTIST RADHIKA HAMLAI

MUSCAT – The ‘Man, Patterns and Colours Exhibition’ of Omani artist Radhika Hamlai was opened on Tuesday at the National Museum, .

A feast for the food lovers

 MUSCAT, Jan 23 – The Muscat Festival is a must-visit for food lovers. Little wonder the food section is among the most-crowded areas at both the festival

Dhofar lagoons a winter home for migratory birds

Salalah, Jan 23 – The wetlands of Dhofar are seeing a huge turnout of migratory birds providing a treat for the bird lovers. Most of the lagoons in the governorate are favourite habitats for the winged visitors.

THESE EXTREME ACTS ARE A ROARING SUCCESS

MUSCAT – The huge crowds waiting daily is proof of the popularity of the daredevil stunts performed at Amerat Park. It may seem like a combination of courage and

400 years of passion: Opera’s journey to Oman

 Last week was a very important milestone for the Royal Opera House Muscat complex, as the building growing up on the other side of the road for the past four years has finally been completed and opened. 

New City Centre Suhar to drive growth in South Al Batinah

 Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, formally launched the City Centre Suhar — its fourth shopping and leisure destination in Oman. 

Muscat Festival weaves spell of magic

 MUSCAT, JAN 22 – While Amerat Park and Naseem Garden are main venues of the Muscat Festival, the festivities are spread across different areas in the

Oman Tourism Awards to be unveiled on Feb 25

 Muscat, Jan 22 – Many individuals and entities are scrambling for the first edition of the Oman Tourism Awards since its announcement in December.

Muscat Festival: Wilayat Mudhaibi blends history and heritage at Amerat Park

Muscat: Wilayat Mudhaibi’s participation at the Muscat Festival saw positive reactions from visitors as they experienced rich history and heritage from the people of the Wilayat.

CULINARY DELIGHTS AWAIT VISITORS AT AMERAT PARK

MUSCAT – Visitors to Muscat Festival in Amerat Park have surprises awaiting them even before they step into the venue. Four food trucks have taken up strategic spots

Queen of Classic Music, Nawal El Kuwaitia performing in Muscat

 Celebrated Kuwaiti singer and music icon, Nawal El Kuwaitia, known as Shaikhat Al Tarab (Queen of Classic Music) and Qaitharat Al Khaleej or (Harp

Sultanate hotel revenue grows by 8.5pc

Muscat: Total revenue of Omani hotels in the three-to-five-star category rose by 8.5 per cent to RO 188.7 million in the first 11 months of 2018 compared to RO 173.9 million for the same period of the previous year.

Bank Muscat joins hands with MoT on Misfat Al Abriyeen tourism project

 Bank Muscat, the flagship financial services provider in the Sultanate, in line with its vision ‘To serve you better, everyday’ and commitment to partnership

Get a taste of Ethiopian coffee at Muscat Festival

 MUSCAT, Jan 21 – For Ethiopia, the Muscat Festival has proved a platform for showcasing its culture, including crafts and folklore, as well as its famous coffee.

Oman active member of Outward Bound

 Muscat, Jan 20 – The Outward Bound International World Conference in Oman came to an end recently with the participation of 120 delegates from 32 nations at the Rotana Sundus Hotel. 

Iranian art works a big draw at Muscat fest

 MUSCAT, Jan 20 – Iran is known for its art and culture, especially the legendary carpet-weaving skills of its artisans. Visitors to Muscat Festival

Wilayat show A walk down memory lane

The show of cultural diversities, traditional music, and cuisines and above all, the uniqueness of various wilayats of the Sultanate has been a crowd puller at the Amerat Park.

Shomookh complex for mining industries soon

DUQUM: Ahmed bin Zayed al Mahrami, Chairman of Bin Zayed International Investment Group, and Board of Directors of Shomookh Mining Industries Company said that the

Al Mouj Marathon a Sure Winner

Who embodies the spirit of marathon running more than Paula Radcliffe? Nobody since Pheidippides, the Greek messenger, quite typifies the brutal nature of the ultimate athletic challenge.

Bird breeding season brings tourists in droves

 MUSCAT, JAN 19 – Every year, the Sultanate attracts a large number of tourists from European countries during this season. Reason: migratory birds. Bird-watching is a hobby for many of these tourists.

Fans want more as musicians enthral visitors

 MUSCAT, JAN 19 – Shopping, entertainment and showcase of traditions… visitors to the Muscat Festival were spoilt for choice. Another addition to the list: music from different governorates.

Omani staff at hotels driving tourism forward

Muscat: Hotels in Oman are offering visitors a more authentic experience by employing more locals, thus catering to the growing demand from tourists for a true Omani experience.

NATIONAL MUSEUM PROMOTES OMANI HERITAGE GLOBALLY

MUSCAT – Jamal bin Hassan al Mousawi, director general of National Museum, has informed that the sultanate, represented by the National Museum, has been

MUSCAT MARATHON DRAWS HIGHEST NUMBER OF ELITE ATHLETES AND AMATEUR RUNNERS

MUSCAT – Led by the largest number of elite long-distance athletes ever gathered in Oman, this weekend’s Muscat Marathon is on course to be the biggest ever.

Mudhaibi excavations reveal Bronze Age civilizations

Muscat: The excavations at Ghoreen in the Wilayat of Al Mudhaibi revealed the existence of two ancient civilizations dating back to the early Bronze Age; one from 2000-3500 BC and another from 3500 to 2000 BC.ِ

Outdoor cinema comes to Muscat Festival

The first outdoor cinema will open at Naseem Garden, one of the Muscat Festival venues, on Thursday. The first of its kind in the country, outdoor cinema is being introduced by Lunar Cinemas.

India’s first cruise line to offer Muscat in international itinerary

 Jalesh Cruises – billed as India’s first international cruise line – plans to add Muscat’s Port Sultan Qaboos to its regional itinerary when voyages commence to the Arabian Gulf later this year.

With new airport, Duqm set to scale new heights

 The year 2019 is considered an important for Al Wusta governorate, which raises high expectations from Duqm in general and particularly its airport, to bring in more aircraft, especially cargo flights.

SHOPKEEPERS CLAIM SLUMP IN SALES AT MUTTRAH SOUQ

MUSCAT – Shopkeepers in Muttrah Souq are complaining of a slump in sales as compared to last year. Neither locals, nor tourists are interested in their wares, they said

Al Asala International Fair – to Open January End

Muscat: The 3-day Al Asala International Fair – Horses, Camels and Falcons will open on January 29th at Oman Convention and Exhibition Center.  It’s the first of its kind in the Sultanate.

Muscat Festival a hit with hobbyists

MUSCAT, JAN 15 – Akin to areas designated for shopping or entertainment, the Muscat Festival has some areas dedicated to certain themes.

With Royal Blessing of HM, House of Musical Arts opens

Muscat: With Royal Blessing of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, His Highness Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmood al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of

Ship-building still rooted in Sur’s tradition

Sur: The city of Sur is known for its history and continues to manufacture marine vessels, fishing and shipping. It has a long maritime history. Al Aygah

Beauty has an address AL Sharqiyah edition

 For water enthusiasts, the white sand and pebble beach found between Wadi Shab and Wadi Tiwi are great! The city of Sur, famed for its ship building, makes for fantastic camping and fishing locations.

Make sure you’re not carrying these items when visiting this year’s Muscat Festival

Muscat: With the 21st edition of the Muscat Festival set to kick off today (10 January), citizens and residents have been reminded that they will not be

Giacomo Puccini’s Opera Hits Serenade Opera Galleria

 The latest in ROHM’S series of free lunchtime recitals in the Opera Galleria presented a special gourmet concert of Puccini delicacies. The programme

The Royal Opera House Muscat Presents Madama Butterfly

 Giacomo Puccini’s masterpiece opera, Madama Butterfly consistently ranks among the world’s top ten operas. Unfolding with the lyric beauty of Puccini’s

Duqm Airport to Officially open tomorrow

Muscat: The Ministry of Transport and Communications will celebrate tomorrow Monday the official opening of Duqm Airport under the auspices of Sayyid Hamoud bin Faisal al Busaidi, Minister of Interior.

A Children’s Delight

 Muscat, Jan 13 – To the sheer delight of young visitors to Muscat Festival 2019, acrobatics and stage shows began at 4 pm at Al Amerat Park, which have proved

On Canvas: The Beauty of the Sultanate of Oman

Many philosophers, especially those studying nature believe that artists and nature are similar — nature provides us with everything we need to live on this

Wadi Tiwi is distinguished landmark in Sultanate

Muscat: Wadi Tiwi, located in the Niyabat of Tiwi in the Wilayat of Sur, the Governorate of South Al Sharqiyah, is one of the most important tourist

All roads lead to festival venues

 MUSCAT, JAN 12 – Like every year, expectations from the Muscat Festival — which has just kicked off — are high. And so is the rush.

Sights & sounds of Muscat Festival

The 21st edition of the Muscat Festival, which got under way on Thursday, is a mini village of classy activities from across the world.

The Link to Past & Future

Heritage provides us a comforting and meaningful context to life. It allows us to communicate with the past, standing in the present and envisioning the

More jobs for Omanis as winter tourism gains steam

More job opportunities have been created for Omanis in the tourism sector with the rapid growth in winter tourism in the country. Hameed Al Hajri of Al

MOM OPENS EXPO BY TECHNICAL AND VOCATIONAL COLLEGE STUDENTS

MUSCAT – The Ministry of Manpower (MoM) on Tuesday opened an exhibition at Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre that includes 40 ideas presented by students of technical and vocational colleges.

NEW DOHA-MUSCAT FERRY SERVICE TO START SOON

MUSCAT – A luxury ferry service will soon connect Qatar, Oman and Kuwait.

18 TEAMS TO TAKE PART IN TOUR OF OMAN

MUSCAT – The Tour of Oman organisers have announced that 18 teams will take part in the tenth edition of the competition this year.

Travel smart in the Sultanate, thanks to smart apps

 MUSCAT, JAN 8 – Not long ago, you had to name nearest commercial or popular landmarks when ordering from a restaurant. Not anymore. You just need to share the location on WhatsApp.

Heritage-themed establishments mushroom

MUSCAT, JAN 8 – Motifs and patterns from traditional Omani architectural designs are making a strong comeback in cities and towns across the Sultanate as a growing crop of Omani investors look to incorporate elements from their

Get set zip

Muscat, Jan 8 – Alongside, the Ministry of Tourism is in the process of standardising the licensing procedures and setting standards for organising such activities to ensure the safety of tourists.

NEW LEASE OF LIFE: ASSOCIATION PROVIDES CARE FOR ELDERLY WITH FOSTER HOMES

MUSCAT – Four elderly men in Muscat governorate recently got foster families to look after their needs and care for them. The four senior persons found their new lease of life with the help of Ihsan Association.

MUSCAT MUNICIPALITY INSTALLS GYM EQUIPMENT ON BEACHES IN QURM, AZAIBA AND GHUBRA

MUSCAT – In a first in the country, Muscat Municipality has installed gym equipment on beaches across the city to motivate the public to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

MUSCAT MUNICIPALITY TO ESTABLISH COMMERCIAL COMPLEX IN AL KHUWAYR

MUSCAT – H E Eng Mohsin bin Mohammed al Sheikh, Chairman of Muscat Municipality, and Sheikh Fahad bin Mohammed bin Hilal al Khalili, executive chairman and

Omani Women set to conquer Empty Quarter

Muscat, Jan 6 – The first all-female team that has embarked on the grueling 800 km walk through the desert, including Oman’s most formidable

Muscat Airport competes for Skytrax International Awards

Muscat: Muscat International Airport has joined the list of airports competing for the 2019 Skytrax Award for Best International Airport. 

Tourist camps a hit, occupancy levels touch 70 pc

Occupancy levels in tourist camps in winter season in the Sultanate has been in the range of 60 per cent to 70 per cent, thanks to the high tourist influx. The

Massive flow of tourists during winter to enjoy deserts beauty

Muscat: Camps have seen massive tourist influx from within and outside the Sultanate. They have emerged as one of the most attractive products for tourists.

MUSANDAM TO GET FIRST WATER TAXI SERVICE

MUSCAT – The Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI) in Musandam is planning to launch a water taxi service to attract more tourists into the

Couchsurfing in Oman!

A travel community with millions of members around the world, Couchsurfing is one of the best ways to experience Oman. A new trend, this provides meeting

13,511 tourists visit the Land of Frankincense sites

Salalah: The number of visitors to Land of Frankincense sites in the Governorate of Dhofar during last December stood at (13,511) tourists,

NFC carries over 243,000 passengers last year

 MUSCAT: The recent statistical bulletin of National Ferries Company (NFC) shows that the company carried 243,069 passengers on board its vessels in

mountains, valleys .. top attractions in Abat village

SUR: There are a number of beautiful mountainous areas and villages in the Wilayat of Sur in the Governorate of South Al Sharqiyah. Having great tourism

CNN lists Oman among top destinations for 2019

 MUSCAT: CNN Travel has listed the 19 places to visit in 2019, including Oman. The report described Oman this way: “For golden dunes under

American teachers explore cultural, historical sites in Sultanate

 DOHA: Qatar Foundation, a member of the Qatar Foundation for Education and Community Development, in collaboration with the Global Leadership

21st edition of Muscat Festival from January 10

Muscat: The 21st edition of Muscat Festival will begin on January 10 and continue for 31 days until February 9, presenting a series of knowledge,

Commitment on expenditure to spur economic activity

 MUSCAT, JAN 2 – Pledges by the Omani Government to sustain investments in key infrastructure projects, as outlined in the 2019 State Budget, will have a positive bearing on

Studies hint at Samharam as centre for provincial art

 Salalah, Jan 2 – Samharam city, some 40 km from Salalah in Dhofar Governorate, was a centre for provincial art, according to archaeological

Oman rated second best destination in Asia

 MUSCAT, JAN 2 – Oman has been rated as the second best destination in Asia for 2019 by Travel Lemming, a site dedicated to promoting the world’s

12 ways to see Oman

January Take a hike The weather in January is perfect for hiking and Oman has plenty of trails for

BLUES SINGER ZUCCHERO TO PERFORM AT ROHM TODAY

MUSCAT – As one of the popular selections for the 2018-19 season, the Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) will present Zucchero, a world famous blues musician, in concert on Thursday at 7pm.

DUQM AIRPORT TO OFFICIALLY OPEN ON JAN 14

MUSCAT – The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) will celebrate the official opening of Duqm Airport on January 14 under the patronage of H E Sayyid Hamoud bin Faisal al Busaidi, Minister of Interior.

SEEKING FLAMINGOS ON A GOLF COURSE

The golf course on the right as one drives to Al Mouj is often overlooked. More so for me. I’ve tried to stay away from anything to do with golf since being stranded once watching a six-hour game with no option to slip away. Then

OMAN RAISES BUDGET SPENDING TO RO12.9BN

MUSCAT – Oman’s government announced the budget for 2019 on Tuesday increasing total spending to RO12.9bn which is RO400mn higher compared to the total expenditure of RO12.5bn estimated in the last year’s budget.

‘FAST SERVICE TO REQUEST MWASALAT TAXI’ FACILITY LAUNCHED AT THE ROYAL HOSPITAL

MUSCAT – The Royal Hospital and Mwasalat Taxi announced the launch of ‘Fast service to request Mwasalat Taxi’ service at the hospital’s premises.

BOUNCE, FLY WITH THESE CRAZY RIDES AT MUSCAT FESTIVAL

MUSCAT – Amusement rides are one of the popular attractions of the Muscat Festival.

A Fest of Orchestral and Operatic Gems

 The nearly New Year’s Eve gala concert at the Royal Opera House Muscat this year was a veritable feast of orchestral and operatic gems of exaggerated

RO 45m City Centre Suhar on track to open in Jan

Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, welcomed Eng Salem bin

TOURISM FORUM FOCUSES ON ACCELERATING INVESTMENTS

MUSCAT – Oman Development Bank (ODB) organised a tourism opportunities forum in South Sharqiyah. The forum aims to accelerate steps of investment in various tourism projects in the governorate.

MOT’S SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS DRAWING ATTENTION OF THE WORLD

MUSCAT – The Ministry of Tourism’s social media accounts ‘Experience Oman’ are drawing attention of people from across the world due to their rich content on natural and cultural elements of the sultanate.

NATIONAL MUSEUM TO INTRODUCE MEMBERSHIP CARD FROM TODAY

MUSCAT – The National Museum is introducing an annual membership card from Tuesday as part of its initiative to woo more visitors in 2019.

Nearly 5,000 tourists arrive in Oman

Muscat: Nearly 5,000 tourists have arrived in Muscat today, the Ministry of Tourism has announced.The ministry said that the tourists arrived at the Sultan Qaboos port in a cruise ship.

Al Aqar an oasis of traditional architecture

 The Wilayat of Bahla in the Governorate of Al Dakhiliyah is one of the most famous tourist and heritage destinations in the Sultanate. It is noted for its

Why is the Sultanate a magnet for tourists?

 MUSCAT, Dec 30 – The Financial Times (FT) from the UK, the world’s leading global business publication, has chosen the Sultanate as one of the

Oman experience shared in 6 languages on social media

Muscat, Dec 30 – The Ministry of Tourism (MoT) has spared no effort in promoting the Sultanate as a major tourism destination around the world, including the use of social media in a big way to attract tourists.

Sultanate top tourism destination in 2019

London: The Financial Times (FT) has chosen the Sultanate as one of the world’s top tourist destinations for 2019, according to the latest report by a top travel and tourism expert in the world.

Al Saqla: A barefoot paradise, a gem on the coast road

Al Saqla is a relatively new, and certainly unspoiled tourist destination on the coastal road between Sur and Duqm, a leisurely forty-minute drive south of the

Picture Perfect! Oman provides great experience and spectacular sights

 FOR nature lovers, the Sultanate is a photographer’s delight. Tourists who visit Oman say it’s a friendly, diverse country. This is what forced Vitek

Cruise along to Salalah – enjoy four seasons

 Salalah: Cruise tourism in Salalah is beginning to display signs of future potential. Due to its location, the Port of Salalah has the advantage to receive

Muscat Festival getting ready for big day

MUSCAT, Dec 29 – The countdown has almost begun for the commencement of the annual cultural extravaganza, Muscat Festival. The renovation works are

OMANI TURNS HOUSE INTO MUSEUM IN SUR

MUSCAT – An Omani national in Sur has converted a part of his old family house into museum hosting ancient ship models and more than 100 handmade pieces

Oman voted as one of the top emerging travel destinations

Muscat: Oman has been voted as one of the top emerging travel destinations in the continent of Asia (including Middle East), by five of the world’s top travel influencers and bloggers.

Sayyid Asaad to preside over Maqshan Heritage Festival conclusion tomorrow

Maqshan: Sayyid Asaad bin Tariq al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Affairs, Personal Representative of

Win up to OMR4,000 at next year’s Muscat Festival

Muscat: Film enthusiasts in Oman now have the opportunity to win up to OMR4,000 if their documentary wins the competition at next year’s Muscat Festival, the organisers have announced

Mwasalat slashes airport taxi fares

Muscat: Mwasalat taxi has announced that airport taxi fares will be reduced starting from January 1, 2019.

Two cruise ships with over 3,500 tourists onboard arrive in Oman

Muscat: Two cruise ships – MSC Lirica and Horizon – carrying more than 3,500 tourists reached the Sultan Qaboos Port on Tuesday, the Ministry of Tourism has announced.

AL RAID GROUP ALLOCATES OVER RO400MN FOR INVESTMENT IN RETAIL, TOURISM SECTORS

MUSCAT – Al Raid Group has allocated more than RO400mn to set up tourism, recreational, and commercial projects over the next five years. This was .

Sultanate woos tourists through foreign offices

 MUSCAT: The Sultanate’s tourism representation offices abroad are making all efforts to woo tourists. These 14 offices belonging to the Ministry of Tourism are targeting competitive markets around the world.

Al Khabourah Castle open for visitors after renovation

Muscat: The Ministry of Tourism has announced the re-opening of Al Khabourah Castle in North Batinah Governorate for visitors after completion

WORKSHOP TEACHES SQU FACULTY SEAFLOOR MAPPING TECHNIQUE

MUSCAT – The Department of Marine Science and Fisheries (MSF) at the College of Agricultural and Marine Sciences (CAMS) hosted a workshop on using side-

OMANI HONEY MARKET TO BEGIN AT MGM TOMORROW

The 11th Omani Honey Market will begin at Muscat Grand Mall (MGM) on Wednesday under the patronage of Dr Khalid bin Salim al Sa’eedi, secretary general of the State Council.

Al Araimi Boulevard new shopping hub

 MUSCAT, DEC 24 – A new shopping destination — the RO 100 million Al Araimi Boulevard — was officially inaugurated by His Highness Sayyid Harib

W Muscat to open soon, conducts recruitment drive

Muscat: The W Muscat hotel developed under Omran, which will soon open for the guests, is expected to bring new energy to the country’s hotel scene,

Ukraine stops visa on arrival facility for Omanis

Muscat: Ukraine has announced a decision to stop issuing visas on arrival at its international airports from January 1, 2019.

Hotels in Sultanate decked up for festive season

 MUSCAT, Dec 24 – Hotels across the Sultanate have reported brisk business, thanks to the festive season — Christmas and the New Year celebrations. Many

Oman’s latest mall Al Araimi Boulevard officially inaugurated

Muscat: Al Raid Group’s Al Araimi Boulevard, develoved with an investment of over RO100 million, was officially inaugurated by HH Sayyid Harib bin Thuwaini al Said on Monday.

Brrr! it is cold in here

MUSCAT, Dec 23 – Both citizens and residents woke up to a pleasant Sunday as showers accompanied by cold winds lashed some parts of the city.

Visa on arrival available, but tourists urged to opt for e-visa

Muscat: Tourists who plan to travel to Oman or expatriates who wish to bring relatives on a tourist visa continue to seek clarification on the availability of visa of arrival at Muscat Airport.

ARRAY OF CULTURAL, SPORTS EVENTS TO ENTERTAIN VISITORS AT MONTH-LONG MUSCAT FESTIVAL

MUSCAT – The month-long Muscat Festival beginning from January 10 will showcase the best of Oman’s culture, heritage and traditional sports.

Vistas to new cultures

AN environmental protection officer from Cranbrook, British Columbia, was overwhelmed after his visit to the Al Wusta Wildlife Reserve. Ross Blake

Oman’s rail project to become a reality

Muscat: Oman’s first mineral railway project in Al Wusta Governorate is only one step away, according to a top logistics official. 

Chinese tourists to Oman expected to grow by 11 per cent annually

Muscat: Chinese tourism to Oman is expected grow by 11 per cent annually from 2018–2022 according to a report by the Arabian Travel Market.

OMAN’S LONGEST ZIP LINE PROJECT TO COME UP IN AL HAMRA VILLAGE

Adventure souls in the country have something to rejoice about as the sultanate will soon gets its longest zip line project. The project will come up in the heritage village of Misfat al Abriyeen in Al Hamra.

Oman Air bags awards for its First Class, lounge

 MUSCAT: Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, has won two prestigious design awards — best New First Class 2018 and Best New

‘Features of Oman’ exhibition opens

 MUSCAT: The annual exhibition of the Omani Journalists Association (OJA) was opened at Al Mouj Marina Muscat under the patronage of Shaikh

Protecting our turtles from extinction

An ever-growing list of animals make their way to Oman to join the already existing local animals especially during the migration season where they travel

SAF Museum celebrates 30th anniversary

 The Sultan’s Armed Forces (SAF) Museum organised a celebration at its premises on Tuesday under the auspices of Lt Gen Ahmed bin Harith al

Tracing the history and significance of Khanjar

Khanjars have been used in Oman since at least the 3rd millennium BCE, and even in the distant past, they appear to have fulfilled a ceremonial as well as practical purpose.

Duqm, the Omani city rising from sand

Duqm, Oman: “Five years ago there was nothing here,” says Hamad Said Al Rawahi as he drives fast along a stretch of freshly paved highway in Oman’s coastal desert, in his shiny black Mercedes.

THREE CRUISE SHIPS BRING MORE THAN 7,000 TOURISTS TO PSQ

MUSCAT – The Ministry of Tourism and Marafi have announced that Port Sultan Qaboos (PSQ) received three cruise ships recently.

TOUR OF OMAN 2019 TO BE HELD FROM FEB 16-21

MUSCAT – The Tour of Oman 2019 will take place from February 16 to 21, the Muscat Municipality announced on Monday. This will be the tenth edition of the

Coastal protection forum begins

 MUSCAT: The international symposium on environmental measures and their role in coastal protection kicked off on Monday under the auspices of

Salalah Port receives Italian cruise ship

 Salalah Port on Monday received the Italian cruise ship Costa Mediterranea with 1,950 tourists of various nationalities on board. The tourists’ plan includes visits

The Royal Opera House Muscat presents OPERA ON ICE

 The truly amazing show, Opera on Ice combines the inspirational artistry of operatic singing with the virtuosic talent and grace of world-class skating. The

Opening Doors to Quality Tourism

A land that has been described by ancient travellers for its beauty and charm, a land that has been known for its historical trade links, a land that is etched in

Part of Barka-Nakhl road opens today

 The Ministry of Transport and Communication will open 14 km of the Barka-Nakhl road dualisation project on Tuesday. The ministry is supervising the 39

Rain lashes some wilayats of Oman

 Muscat, Dec 16 – A weak trough brought in layers of clouds on Sunday, resulting in rain in some areas of Sea of Oman coast and Al Wusta. Rains were

In pictures: Spartan obstacle race begins in Oman

Muscat: The Spartan international obstacle race began on Saturday morning, in front of the Sifawy Hotel at Jebel Sifah, Muscat.

NEW CLIMBING ROUTE IN QURIYAT’S JEBEL KAWR

MUSCAT – Four experienced Italian mountaineers have discovered a new climbing route in Jebel Kawr, Quriyat.

In cruise mode!

 Omani folklore, handicraft exhibition and a tent reflecting the life in desert are some of the impressive line-up of shows at the Port Sultan Qaboos to welcome tourists.

Ghamada, a village blessed with diversity

 BUKHA: Ghamada is a coastal village in the Wilayat of Bukha in the Musandam governorate. It is one of the largest villages in the wilayat, the

Smart street light control system on cards for Muscat

Muscat: Muscat Municipality is conducting a test run of an intelligent central control system for the lighting network in Muscat to reduce the maintenance costs and better control functions.

This event gives sports tourism in Oman a big boost

Muscat: The first ever OMAN by UTMB has been hailed as a huge success in making a significant contribution to the Sultanate’s ongoing national economic  diversification programme.

Tourism Ministry bags social networking influencers award

 Dubai: The Ministry of Tourism captured the Arab Social Networking Influencers Award in the Government Sector category. The awards are granted

Maps tell history of Oman across ages

Muscat: “Oman in the Historical and International Maps” exhibition kicked off at Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre on Monday. The expo was

Sultanate committed to safety of children

MUSCAT, DEC 10 – The Sultanate has announced it has a strong record of upholding child rights and any attempt to harm children, causing injury to

The allure of Oman aws a romantic destination

Social media was abuzz Monday with the news that actress Priyanka Chopra is in Oman with husband Hollywood darling Nick Jonas for their honeymoon.

Here’s why you should visit Oman’s Al Dakhiliyah governorate this winter

Muscat: Al Dakhiliyah governorate is witnessing a huge influx of tourists in the winter season, with new investments and projects strengthening tourism

Winter beckons tourists to Al Dakhiliyah

Muscat: The Governorate of Al Dakhiliyah is witnessing a huge influx of tourists during winter season. New investments and projects are strengthening

Official opening of Batinah Expressway on December 19

Muscat: Assigned by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said as part of the the 48th National Day celebrations,  His Highness Sayyid Fatik bin Fahr al

First solar-powered bus stop at Oman Avenues Mall

Muscat: Mwasalat has inaugurated the country’s first solar-powered bus stop at Oman Avenues Mall in Ghubra, Muscat. 

Royal Air Force marks Armed Forces Day

 Muscat: The Royal Air Force of Oman (Rafo) celebrated the Armed Forces Day which falls on December 11 and the Day of Retirees which falls on December 7 every year, at the Al Seeb Air Base on Monday. 

Batinah Expressway opens on December 19

 Assigned by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos as part of the 48th National Day celebrations, His Highness Sayyid Fatik bin Fahr al Said will preside over the

Two stamps launched to commemorate official opening of Muscat airport

Muscat: Oman Post and Oman Airports issued two new commemorative stamps of the Muscat International Airport. The stamps offer individuals the

ATLAS LISTING 101 REPTILES FOUND IN OMAN PUBLISHED ONLINE

MUSCAT – For the first time, a team of Omani and international scientists has created a database comprising 5,359 records of 101 known species of Oman’s terrestrial

AL A’FIYA IN SAMAIL: DESTINATION FOR MOUNTAIN LOVERS

SAMAIL – Al A’fiya, one of the villages in Wadi Bani Rawaha in the wilayat of Samail, the Governorate of Dakhliyah, is located under a footpath surrounded by

Our deserts

When it comes to enjoying the desert, there is no other region as stimulating as the Middle East. And, in the region, the Sultanate boasts some of the most fabulous deserts that offer the best experiences for travellers

SQP receives 3 cruise ships

Muscat: Three cruise ships arrived today at Sultan Qaboos Port, including Horizon Pullmantur, which visits that the Sultanate for the first time with 1200

National museum adds new attractions

 The National Museum has added rocks dating back 2,000 years which were brought by the Czech-Italian mission from Duqm. Installation of the stones

Al Afiya ideal for mountain climbers

 Samayil: Al Afiya village, one of the villages of Wadi Bani Rawaha in the Wilayat of Samayil, Governorate of Al Dakhiliyah, is surrounded by mountains

Desert expedition to promote tourism, culture ends

 Muscat, Dec 4 – The Hida al Sahraa caravan has completed its expedition crisscrossing Rimal Al Sharqiya to promote domestic tourism. The caravan was

Oman Olympic Academy opened

Muscat, Dec 3 – Oman Olympic Committee’s (OOC) pet project for providing basic platform to sportspersons in terms of knowledge, training and

Cruise ship visits Salalah Port with 1656 tourists onboard

Salalah: The cruise ship ” Horizon” visited Salalah Port today with “1659” passengers onboard including “1037” tourists from different nationalities as

Cycle tourist finds Oman vast, beautiful, challenging

STORY BY RAY PETERSEN PHOTO BY LENA PETERSEN – The vast open spaces of Oman are what German cyclist Peter Hartelt didn’t

Riders, horses thrill Nizwa with skills

NIZWA: Assigned by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, HH Sayyid Shabib bin Taimour al Said presided over the annual horse race of the Royal Cavalry at

16 million passengers at Muscat airport likely by 2018 end: OAMC CEO

 Muscat: Some 16 million passengers are expected to arrive at Muscat’s new international airport by the end of 2018, making it a record year for the

AUCTIONS ANNOUNCED TO BUILD SERVICE STATIONS ON ADAM–THUMRAIT ROAD, BATINAH EXPRESSWAY

MUSCAT – As part of plans to create integrated service stations on the Batinah Expressway and Adam-Thumrait road, the Ministry of Housing has announced

14,313 tourists visit Land of Frankincense sites

 Salalah: 14,313 tourists visited Land of Frankincense sites in the Governorate of Dhofar in November, according to statistics from the Department of

Danish ship wins Sultan Qaboos award

Seville:The Ministry of Defence, represented by the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) celebrated the handing over of Sultan Qaboos Sailing Award in Seville

Oman’s oldest town reopens doors to visitors

When one talks about Manah, it’s usually just a footnote of a story and a side trip when one heads to the Al Dakhiliyah Governorate. While it’s frequently

Muscat International Airport bags World Leading New Airport 2018

Muscat: Muscat International Airport won the 2018 “World Leading New Airport at the 25th edition of the World Travel Awards in Lisbon, Portugal.

Steppe eagles tagged in Oman travel 70,000 kilometres in seven months

 Muscat: Two steppe eagles tagged in Oman have travelled more than 70,000 kilometres according to the Environment Society Oman (ESO).

CAMEL, HORSE ARDHA INCLUDED IN UNESCO’S LIST OF INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE

MUSCAT – Unesco’s Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage has included camel and horse ardha (racing) in the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Zinat al Bihaar, Indian ships explore ancient trade route

Muscat: The  Royal Yacht Zinat al Bihaar, accompanied by the Indian naval ships INS Tarangini, INS Sudharshini arrived at the Port Sultan Qaboos in

Rousing welcome for Royal yacht, Indian ships at Port Sultan Qaboos

 MUSCAT, Dec 1 – A rousing welcome was accorded to the Royal yacht Zeinat Al Bahar alongside two Indian navy ships INS Tarangini and INS Sujata at Port

Wadi Hased an ideal destination for desert campers

 Jaalan Bani Bu Ali: Wadi Hased in the Wilayat of Jaalan Bani Bu Ali in the Governorate of South Al Sharqiyah is one of the beautiful valleys that attract

Muscat is ‘World’s Leading New Airport’

Muscat: At the World Travel Awards (WTA) Grand Final Gala Ceremony 2018 in Lisbon on Saturday,  Muscat International Airport got the top honours as it

ULTRA-TRAIL CHALLENGE

 Omanis watch as competitors run during the first Oman Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) 137 km marathon near Nizwa on Thursday. — AFP

Ardha wins Unesco status

 PORT LOUIS: The Sultanate made a new achievement on Thursday as Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural

Taming ‘The Beast’

  The Oman by UTMB Mountain Race sparkled in Birkat Al Mouz on Thursday evening as the culmination of the first phase of what some are already calling,

MUSCAT AIRPORT, PSQ TO SEE BIGGEST CRUISE PASSENGER TURNAROUND

MUSCAT – In a big boost to the tourism industry in Oman, around 900 British travellers will land in Muscat in three charter flights and set sail onboard a luxury cruise

YOUTH TEAM SETS UP LIBRARY IN QURM PARK

MUSCAT – Four Omani youths have come together to set up small libraries in Muscat city. The first has come up in Qurm park.

Traditional horse games at Liwa tomorrow

 The 4th edition of the Traditional Horse Games Festival, season 2018-2019 will kick-off in the Wilayat of Liwa, at 3 pm on Friday. The festival is organised by the

Cruise ship comes to Salalah

 The cruise ship Seabourn Ovation dropped anchor at Salalah Port on Wednesday with 554 tourists from different countries as part of its international tour. The

It’s time to explore jabal shams’ balcony

Our first stop is right in front of the dozens of totems occupying a section of the Jabal Shams overlooking a deep crease in the earth below. From where we

Jabal Akhdar ultra marathon today

 The mountainous terrain of Al Jabal Al Akhdar is all set to host one of world’s most extreme sporting challenges — a long-distance trail running event, on Thursday.

Blood donation drive sets record

The National Blood Donation Initiative set a Guinness record on Tuesday, with the number of blood donors and commitments reaching 5,555 within eight

Google Maps in Oman gets friendlier with voice navigation

Muscat: Google has activated the voice in its navigation for Oman from the beginning, reported the concerned stakeholders in the sultanate.

Omran wins top award for supporting Oman’s economic development

 The Business Vision, a London-based print and online magazine, has named Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran) as winner of the award for

Oman gives top priority to environment

 Zainab al Nassri – Muscat, Nov 27  – A ceremony to celebrate the publication of the document on the protection and

Muscat to become cruise hub

 Vinod Nair  – Muscat, Nov 27  – Marella Cruises signed an agreement with Oman Tourism to make Sultanate

Forum to promote Sharqiyah attractions

Staff Reporter  – Muscat, Nov 27 – The North Al Sharqiyah Governorate is holding an economic forum on

Enjoy shopping and fun

 A product expo entitled “Enjoy Shopping and Have Fun” was inaugurated at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre by Shaikh Saif bin Mohammed al

4 unique activities to try when in Oman

So you think you’ve exhausted all the possible fun things to do in Oman? We doubt it. While in recent years, more and more people had been discovering all

Municipality adopts beautification strategy for Muscat

Muscat: The Municipality of Muscat adopted a special strategy for afforestation to increase the green cover in 2018, which will be implemented in

Muscat to get more trees, facilities for outdoor sports

 Muscat Municipality has adopted a special strategy to increase green cover in the city in 2018, which will be implemented in a time-bound manner.

Qatari sailor braves disability, seas for journey of love

 KABEER YOUSUF – MUSCAT, Nov 26 – A physically challenged sailor from Qatar was accorded a grand welcome at the

Oman first in region to map kids’ welfare

 Geneva: The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) in cooperation with the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) published the Child

New species of lobster registered in Oman

Muscat: A new species of lobster has been registered in Oman for the first time, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Municipality temporarily closes two major parks in Oman

Muscat: The Al Naseem and Al Amerat Parks will be temporarily closed, Muscat Municipality has announced. The parks are being closed from December 2, 2018 for maintenance work, officials said.

Over 4,400 cruise tourists arrive in Muscat

 AIDA PRIMA with 3,408 tourists onboard and MSC Lirica (inset) with over 1,000 tourists arrived in Port Sultan Qaboos on Sunday

Tender floated for Al Huqf tourism map

Muscat, Nov 25 – As a first step towards promoting a geopark at Al Huqf in the Al Wusta Governorate, the Ministry of Tourism has floated a tender for

Purple jellyfish not poisonous: Ministry

Muscat: The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has said a particular type of jellyfish (purple coloured), which were recently spotted in Oman, is

ESO COMPLETES TWO-YEAR PROJECT ON ACOUSTIC ANALYSIS OF ARABIAN SEA HUMPBACK WHALES

MUSCAT – The Environment Society of Oman (ESO), in partnership with New England Aquarium (NEA), recently finalised its findings on a two-year acoustic dataset

Come and see biodiversity here

Muscat:  Oman Botanic Garden (OBG), in Al Khoudh in the Wilayat of Seeb, is the first of its kind showing the unique biodiversity of the Sultanate of Oman.

Wadi Bani Khalid receives 18,000 visitors

Muscat: Wadi Bani Khalid received nearly 18,000 visitors during the last week’s three-day public holidays, including the weekend.

New hotel in Jabal al Akhdhar opens

 Muscat: Ahmed bin Nasser al Mehrzi, Minister of Tourism, inaugurated Sama Hotel in Jabal al Akhdhar, situated 21 km from Nizwa Souq, on Saturday. The

Oman awarded ‘Best Adventure Destination’ at Travel+Leisure India awards

Muscat: Oman has won the award for ‘Best Adventure Destination’ at the 7th edition of readers’ choice India’s Best Awards hosted by Travel+Leisure India

Here’s where you can watch the National Day fireworks this year

 Muscat: On the occasion of the 48th National Day, fireworks display will be held at Al Amerat and Seeb on Sunday, November 18, 2018, the Supreme

Cruise ship visits Salalah port

Salalah: Cruise ship “AIDAblu” visited Salalah Port today with 2125  passengers on its board with different nationalities as part of its tour program to several ports around the world.

Stage set for Madinat al Irfan smart city in Muscat

Muscat: The foundation stone for development of Madinat al Irfan smart city was will be laid by Sayyid Khalid bin Hilal al Busaidy, Minister of the Diwan of Royal Court, on Wednesday.

Spectacular footrace across the desert

Weighed down by backpacks containing all they need to sustain themselves in the desert — with only water provided at regular checkpoints along the route —

PPP model central to Integrated Housing Projects in Oman

Muscat, NOV 17 – Oman’s maiden Integrated Housing Development Project — the cornerstone for which was laid at a site in Barka last month — is

Muscat Port set for Oman’s biggest cruise passenger turnaround

Muscat, NOV 17 – Around 900 British tourists are due to fly into Muscat International Airport by chartered flights later this month before they board a

Free entry at National Museum for two days

Muscat: On the occasion of the 48th National Day and the Holy Prophet Birthday (PBUH), the National Museum will stay open as per the regular

Oman conducts tourism road show in Italy

Muscat: Oman’s Ministry of Tourism conducted road shows in Rome and Milan to attract tourists from Italy by showcasing tourism attractions in the country.

Muriya launches Acacia simplexes, townhouses in ‘Forest Island’

Following the successful launch and the selling out of the Mimosa neighbourhood in ‘Forest Island’, Muriya has unveiled the Acacia townhouses

Muscat Airport to handle 40 m passengers by 2040

Muscat: The Muscat airport is in line with the plans to handle around 40 million passengers by 2030 and around 56 million passengers by 2040, said a

Sultanate decks up for 48th National Day

MUSCAT, Nov 12 – With preparations for the 48th National Day in full swing, the capital city of Muscat has won a festive look.

Let us not spoil this sands of beauty

MUSCAT, Nov 11 – Rimal al Sharqiyah is one of the largest areas of sand dunes in the Arab world, spanning some 180 km from north to south and 80 km from

5 underrated places to see when in the Sultanate

The Sultanate is a land of many riches since the dawn of civilisation. With ancient histories paving the way for its diverse culture and heritage, it is also

Nature reserve park in Muscat

MUSCAT, Nov 12 – A nature reserve project with distinct environmental, economical and social benefits is all set to come up in Al Khuwair, in the

DHOFAR GOVERNORATE GEARS UP TO FACE TOURIST RUSH IN WINTER

Dhofar governorate is gearing up to receive more European tourist groups during the winter tourism season this year. The Ministry of Tourism is also

OVER 200 ATTEND OFA EVENT TO PROMOTE TOURISM IN SULTANATE

MUSCAT – To support the booming tourism sector of the sultanate, the Oman Friendship

Here’s why Oman is a great choice for incentives and conferences tourism

Muscat: The incentives and conferences tourism industry is shaping up to be one of the most promising sectors in the Sultanate, having been given high

Wadi Al Fatah enjoys diverse ecology, unique destination in Dhank

Dhank: Wadi Al Fatah is one of the famous tourist valleys in the Wilayat of Dhank in the Governorate of Al Dhahirah. It is located in the north of the

Sultanate first choice for MICE tourism

 MUSCAT: The Sultanate’s security, political stability and infrastructure have made it the first choice of MICE (meetings, incentives, exhibitions and

Free Zone proposed at Muscat International Airport

Muscat, Nov 11 Oman Aviation Group — the government’s aviation sector investment flagship — plans to establish a first-of-its-kind free zone for air-

Muscat Airport Opens

 MUSCAT: The Muscat International Airport was officially opened by His Highness Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmood al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for the

Here are the holidays remaining in 2018 in Oman

Muscat: As we near the end of the year, we have gone through five public holidays. So what official holidays remain for the year 2018?

Oman’s oldest port to become region’s largest waterfront destination

 Muscat: Sultan Qaboos Port, Oman’s oldest and most historical port, will now become an integral part of the country’s non-oil future, as it is turned into

This wilayat in Oman is a tourist paradise

Dhank: Wadi Al Fatah is one of the famous tourist valleys in the Wilayat of Dhank in the Governorate of A’Dhahirah. It is located in the north of the

A wadi where birds and tourists flock

 Dhank: Wadi Al Fatah, one of the valleys in the Wilayat of Dhank in the Governorate of Al Dhahirah, which is blessed with abundant water throughout

On the way to food security

The Sultanate with its natural and geological composition is preparing to domestically secure safe amount of staple food. In this regard, the government

AIM IS TO BE AMONG TOP 10 IN LOGISTICS SECTOR

 The Sultanate aims to be among top ten in the world in logistics by 2040, said Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al Futaisi, Minister of Transport and

Scottish highland dancing on Omani beach

Last weekend, over a hundred Scots from around the world gathered in Muscat to celebrate, “The Last Hurrah”, a decade of great Highland Balls which began

Musct Airport grand opening today

Muscat: As part of the 48th Oman National Day celebrations, the the official grand opening of the Muscat International Airport will be held this evening.

350-year-old building in Oman turns into a hotel

As part of restoration and renovation projects in the country, a 350 year-old building was converted into a hotel this year.

A feeling of fullness @ Empty Quarter

Empty Quarter is a place of sublime beauty. For me, all the dominant natural forces cast a magic spell on me, making me yearn again and again for a return,