Oman

May 19, 2014

Mohammed Al-Amri, who served as undersecretary of the Ministry of Transport and Communication, was jailed for three years, fined 1.2 million rials and barred from public office for 30 years.
03:55 GMT

A former Omani commerce minister was jailed for three years for corruption on Sunday, the most senior government figure to be convicted in a campaign against graft in the sultanate.

May 8, 2014

Asked when Oman was going to decide on potential changes to subsidy levels, Balushi said: “It’s an exercise that is going on, it could be this year, it could be next year.”
05:20 GMT

Oman’s government is looking closely at cutting costly subsidies in the sultanate, with petrol an obvious target, the minister for financial affairs said on Wednesday.

May 6, 2014

Tourism activities are expected to increase by 5.4 percent, boosting Oman's economy (File/AFP)
13:04 GMT

Oman will see a boost in travel and tourism figures this year with a 10.2 percent growth rate in 2014, according to a report.

April 28, 2014

While some shoppers considered counterfeit goods as a solution to counter the monopoly of original commodities that are very costly, others stressed the importance of increasing inspections to combat commercial fraud and counterfeiting.
00:21 GMT

Many traders have expressed their concern over fake and duplicate items in the local markets, while shoppers justified their need to buy such items since original items cost far too much because of monopoly trade practices.

April 24, 2014

The two luxury four and five star hotels will offer over 1,000 rooms (File/AFP)
16:36 GMT

Muscat will award contracts shortly for construction to take place on two hotels, according to Oman Daily Observer.

The Royal Opera House Muscat is honored to have Ildar perform on its stage tonight. (Image: Facebook)
08:40 GMT

Grammy Award winning Russian opera star Ildar Abdrazakov will be performing at the Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) for the first time tonight.

April 23, 2014

Occidental Petroleum Corporation expects its capital program to increase by $10.2 billion (Fabio Bucciarelli/AFP)
13:11 GMT

Occidental Petroleum Corporation (Oxy) will invest further in Oman to help boost production in 2014.

April 22, 2014

His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said granted the Order of Honour on Monday to singers Abu Baker Salim Balfaqih and Mohammed Abdu (pictured), in recognition and appreciation of their efforts for development of music and culture in the Gulf and Arab world, according to Times of Oman (Image courtesy of Times News Service/Bader Al Battashi).
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April 17, 2014

The Qatar-Saudi rift was not on the agenda of the most recent Gulf Cooperation Council meetings (File Archive/AFP)
06:55 GMT

Oman's Foreign Affairs Minister Yusuf bin Alawi told reporters this week that the Gulf rift between Qatar and its neighboring states has now ended.

April 16, 2014

In 2012, over 485 Pakistanis were deported from Oman for illegally entering the country (File/AFP)
11:27 GMT

The six-month ban on expat workers, which was due to expire as been extended according to a source at the Ministry of Manpower.

April 15, 2014

Big move: Oman government and BP in a joint collaboration (FIle/AFP)
11:14 GMT

Oman's government and BP signed a contract to develop the Khazzan gas field of Block 61 and will be completed by 2017.

April 7, 2014

The new liquefied petroleum gas plant is designed based on state-of-the-art technology and strict health, safety and environment principles
10:55 GMT

Oman Gas Company (OGC) on Sunday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with both Salalah Free Zone (SFZ) and Port of Salalah (POS) for building a world class liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) processing plant at SFZ and the storages and export facilities at the port.

April 6, 2014

The growth in non-oil exports in 2013 was mainly driven by exports to neighbouring countries UAE and Saudi Arabia
09:55 GMT

The sultanate posted total non-oil exports of RO3.8bn in 2013, a growth of nearly six per cent from RO3.59bn in the previous year.

Omani exporters wishing to access EU markets should be aware of the existing special requirements of their trading partners
07:55 GMT

Oman and the European Union (EU) are seeking to boost bilateral trade and investment by providing increased opportunities to the business communities on both sides to trade and exchange information.

April 1, 2014

Oman enjoys breathtaking nature and something for everyone to enjoy. (Image: Oman-nature.com)
14:05 GMT

Oman is working on promoting tourism in the Sultanate across its neighboring GCC countries.