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Ominvest partners with ‘Oman In Focus’ to promote the natural beauty of Oman

Muscat: Oman International Development and Investment Company (Ominvest) signed an agreement with ‘Oman In Focus’ as the main partner for the first-of-its-kind video production

3-5 star hotels in Oman receive more than 298,000 guests

Muscat:  The total number of guests in the (3-5) star category in the Sultanate till the end of March 2021 stood at 298,885 compared to 390,642 guests for the same period of 2020, comprising a decline by 23.5 percent.

Omran to produce films on environment

Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran Group) has signed an agreement to support and sponsor ‘Oman Infocus’ project to produce a series of documentary films

Civil aviation sees 65 per cent revenue drop in 2020

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) saw revenues drop by 65 per cent in 2020 compared to the previous year due to disruption of air travel in Oman and across the world as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over 3,300 heritage sites recorded in 2020, says ministry

Oman is known for its unique cultural and historical sites with landmark architectural structures found in several parts of the sultanate.

Hotel industry continues to struggle with revenue losses, low occupancy

More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, the hotel industry in Oman is continuing to struggle due to low occupancy rates and revenues collapse amid ongoing travel restrictions around the world.

Omani Women Association employs art to serve community

 The Omani Women Association is implementing a project that aims at utilizing arts for serving the society,

Oman marks World Heritage Day today

The sultanate is celebrating the World Heritage Day with the rest of the world today.

Passengers in Oman’s Airports reach over 357K till January 2021

 The total number of passengers travelling through airports in the Sultanate until the end of January 2021 reached 357,923 passengers, compared to 1,590,648 passengers as at the end of January 2020,

Decrease in guests at star hotels in Oman

Muscat: The total number of guests at the Sultanate’s hotels with a rating of between three and five stars  has decreased by 47.2 per cent to reach more than 169,000 till the end of last February.

ROHM to launch digital broadcast ‘From Our Stage to Your Home’

The Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) on Wednesday unveiled a new digital initiative codenamed “From Our Stage to Your Home”,

Pact signed for info services, packages at Dubai Expo

The Ministry of Heritage and Tourism and the commission responsible for Oman Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

Pact signed for RO 60m Yenkit Hills tourism project

 The Ministry of Heritage and Tourism and Qurm Stone Development signed an agreement for setting up Yenkit Hills tourism project in Yenkit area in Muscat

Muscat, Suhar, Duqm to emerge as major cities by 2040

 Dr. Khalfan bin Saeed al Shueili, Minister of Housing and Urban Planning, said that the National Urban Development Strategy will focus on integrated, balanced, and sustainable development in line with Vision 2040.

Oman ranks second at Arab countries’ level in sustainable tourism index

  Oman has been ranked second at the Arab countries’ level and 57th at the world level in Sustainable Tourism Index 2020,

Team to identify tourism projects in Muscat

In efforts to increase national income, revitalise domestic tourism and attract foreign tourists, the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism

Oman ranks first in GCC for sustainable tourism

Oman is ranked first in the GCC and third in the Arab world in the Sustainable Travel Index 2020 released by Euromonitor International on March 12.

Over 70 per cent fewer flights operated last year due to pandemic impacts

Sharp declines: Steep drop in passenger numbers recorded at Muscat, Salalah, Suhar and Duqm airports in 2020 –

21 Oman’s hotel revenues fall 70 per cent

The total number of guests in the 3-to-5 star category hotels in Oman fell by 49.5 per cent in January 2021 at 78,451 guests compared to 155,488 guests in January 2020.

Passenger arrivals in Oman dropped 75 per cent in 2020

Passengers arriving in Oman dropped 75 per cent in 2020, while departures fell 73 per cent, according to the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI).

Global honour for Oman’s hospitality landmark

Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel has been named among the World’s Top 500 by Travel+Leisure for 2021 for the second consecutive time.

Muscat airport awarded 4-star safety rating by Skytrax for its COVID-19 measures

In recognition of its efforts to provide travellers the best safety and health standards during this period of the global pandemic and cautious measures,

No permit to stay in Daymaniyat Islands: EA

The Environment Authority has decided to stop issuing overnight permits in the natural Daymaniyat Islands to limit the spread of coronavirus.

Ministry’s COVID-19 guidelines for cafes, hotels and restaurants

The Ministry of Heritage has issued guidelines on COVID-19 prevention measures for classified hotels, restaurants, cafes, and their employers. 

Adventure tourism activities planned in Al Hoota Cave

Exciting news awaits adventure enthusiasts as they might finally get the chance to explore and descend into Al Hoota Cave

Salalah’s Al Mughsail among five best beaches in the world

The Al Mughsail beach in Salalah, Dhofar, has found a place among the top five beaches in the world in the list of ‘The 30 Best Beaches In The World’, reports Condé Nest Traveler,

Oman Investment Authority transfers its assets to Omran

Oman Investment Authority (OIA) has announced the restructuring of its tourism and real-estate investments in the sultanate by transferring them to the Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran Group),

Revenues of 3 to 5-star hotels fell by 62.9 per cent, guests by 52.5 per cent in 2020

The revenues of 3 to 5-star hotels in Oman fell by 62.9 per cent and number of guests saw a decline of 52.5 per cent in 2020 compared to 2019.

Ministry of Heritage and Tourism signs pact to protect geo-heritage sites

  The Ministry of Heritage and Tourism signed a Memorandum of Collaboration (MoC) with   (PDO) to protect and conserve a number of geological heritage sites in Oman.

Omran Group organises beach cleaning drive at Ras al Jinz

Celebrating Oman’s Environment Day, Omran Group, the executive arm of the Sultanate for tourism development, recently organised an environmental campaign to clean Ras al Jinz beach. 

Oman hotel revenues drop 61.4% in 2020

Muscat: The total revenues of Omani hotels in the (3-5) star category fell by 61.4% to RO 78 million until the end of November 2020, compared to RO 202 million during the same period of the previous year.

ROHM open for public from today

The Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) will reopen its doors to the public starting from Sunday.

Ministry organises campaign to promote tourism sites, activities in Musandam

As part of its efforts to promote tourism, the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism (MoHT) has launched a promotion campaign for Musandam governorate running from January 12 to 18.

Air passenger numbers drop 69.5 per cent

A total of 4.10mn passengers travelled through airports in the sultanate (Muscat, Salalah, Sohar and Duqm) at the end of October 2020.

Oman has over 15 nature reserves: NCSI

Muscat: The total number of nature reserves in the Sultanate has exceeded 15 in the year 2020, the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI), said on Friday.

Omran installs pedestal points for recreational vehicles

Muscat: Omran Group, recently installed pedestal points for Recreational Vehicles (RV) in three of its hospitality assets.

20th anniversary of Land of Frankincense inclusion in Unesco World Heritage List

The National Museum’s Learning and Community Outreach Department along with the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism organised a virtual on Monday

Fishing net removal campaign concludes at nature reserve in Oman

Muscat: A campaign to remove nets stuck in the coral reefs of Daymaniyat Nature Reserve concluded in Al Batinah south governorate.

Taqah castle to stay closed for maintenance

Muscat: The Ministry of Heritage and Tourism has announced the continued closure of Taqah castle due to periodic maintenance. 

Oman Post raises awareness on whale and dolphin conservation with 5 new stamps

Raising awareness on the sultanate’s precious marine life, Oman Post, an Asyad member company, has launched a new series of stamps, ‘Whales and Dolphins of Oman’.

Sing a new song to the world: New blue whale population discovered in Oman

An international team of researchers has discovered what it believes to be a new population of blue whales in the western Indian Ocean, including the Arabian Sea and the coast of Oman.

Over 3.9 million passengers travelled through Oman airports

Muscat: The total number of passengers travelling through airports in the Sultanate (Muscat, Salalah, Sohar and Duqm) at the end of September 2020 reached 3.90 million passengers.

Camel racing included in Unesco Heritage list

Camel racing, a social practice and a festive heritage associated with camels, was inscribed on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) on Wednesday.

Royal Court Affairs opens some heritage sites to visitors

Muscat: The Royal Court Affairs (RCA) has announced the opening of some heritage and tourist sites to visitors.

Oman Air receives Five Star rating from APEX

Muscat: Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate, has earned a Five Star rating in the Major Airline category from the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX).

Al Saleel Park is habitat for 7% of global Arabia Gazelle

Al Saleel Natural Park, which is one of the largest wildlife reserves in the Middle East, is a natural habitat for the Arabian Gazelle.

Four forts, castles closed: Ministry

Four forts and castles have been closed for maintenance purposes, the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism has announced.

Tourism ministry issues operation guidelines for hotel establishments

 A circular has been issued by the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism regarding the operation of some activities in the hotel establishments with reference to the coordination

Green turtle returns to nest in Oman after 23 years

Muscat: A green turtle that left Oman 23 years ago has returned to nest in Oman, the country’s Environment Authority has announced.

Migratory birds find sanctuary in Oman

Oman stands at the crossroads of four distinct regions – Asia, Arabia, Africa and Europe — and as such,

Tourism sector loses half a billion rials due to impact of coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic in the Sultanate has caused direct losses to the tourism sector that are estimated at half billion Omani Rial as of the end of September this year,

Farming sows seeds for stronger ties between Oman, Switzerland

Omani and Swiss farmers’ capabilities to make crops thrive on mountainous terrain, a key feature of both countries, brings the two countries closer, according to the ambassador of Switzerland to Oman.

MoU signed to develop Al Saleel Nature Park

The Environment Authority yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Oman India Fertilizer Company (Omifco) to develop Al Saleel Nature Park in South Al Sharqiyah Governorate

We Love Oman: A safe home for sea turtles

Oman is home to many species of turtles, the Green Turtle, Loggerhead Turtle, Olive Ridley Turtle, Hawksbill Turtle and the Leatherback Turtle being the prominent ones.

Migratory birds start arriving in Oman

With Oman’s beaches opened and as visitors started to pour in, migratory birds have also begun to fly in to Oman’s shores, complementing the flow of environment cycle.

Al Bustan Palace wins World Travel Award’s leading Palace Hotel title, five others

Continuing to set a precedent for luxury hospitality, Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel has earned a total of six awards at the prestigious World Travel Awards 2020.

Camping resumes in Damaniyat Islands

The Environment Authority (EA) has resumed issuing camping permits for the Damaniyat Islands Nature

National Museum reopens, necessary precautions taken

Muscat: The National Museum re-opened its doors to the public on Tuesday, 1st December 2020.

Environmental issues to be addressed in Vision 2040

Oman Vision 2040 stated that the Sultanate has made unremitting efforts to ensure that natural resources are protected and used in a safe and sound manner,

Mystic Misfat

As part of the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Blessed Renaissance, the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism and Bank Muscat marked the completion of the Misfat al Abriyeen heritage tourism project.

Retail, leisure facilities at Muttrah waterfront soon: Omran Group

As part of its strategic role as a catalyst of growth in the tourism sector, Omran Group has invited local companies for retail activities at the Al Inshirah Centre at Muttrah waterfront in order to boost the leisure market in Oman.

Oman Air named best airline to the region, world’s best First Class

Oman Air, the national carrier of Oman, has earned two more 2020 World Travel Awards for providing the world’s best service to the Middle East and the world’s best First Class experience.

Oman records decrease in guests at three, five-star hotels

 The total revenues of Omani hotels in the three-to-five-star category fell by 60.2 per cent to OMR70.70 million until the end of October 2020 compared to OMR177.72 million for the same period of the previous year.

Hotels report decent occupancy during holidays

The long weekend due to National Day holidays gave a small boost to the hospitality sector in the country.

Green turtle returns to Oman after 29 years

Muscat: A green turtle has returned to the Sultanate’ shores for nesting in Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve in South Sharqiyah Governorate after 29 years.

OMRAN Group, a decade and a half of progress in Oman’s growing tourism industry

Muscat: As the Sultanate celebrates its 50th National Day of Renaissance, the year 2020 also marks a special milestone for OMRAN Group, as the company commemorates its 15th anniversary.

Omran projects pull in RO 186m in FDI

Omran Group, the Sultanate’s executive arm for tourism investment and development, has so far attracted RO 186 million in foreign investments in Oman’s tourism and hospitality sector.

Oman’s tourism economy grows to RO 1.3 billion in 2019

The contribution of travel, hospitality and tourism to the Omani economy totalled around RO 1.293 billion in 2019, up from RO 1.233 billion a year earlier,

Tourists spent RO 684 million in Oman last year: NCSI

The total spend of visitors to the Sultanate during 2015-2019 soared to RO 684.7 million in 2019, up RO 364.8 million in 2015, representing an annual average increase of 17 per cent.

Bait Al Zubair Museum releases fourth edition of ‘Oman: My Beautiful Country’

 Under the patronage of His Highness Sayyid Theyazin bin Haitham Al Said, Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, the Bait Al Zubair Museum

Oman Air wins again at World Travel Awards

Oman Air has received international recognition in the 2020 World Travel Awards Middle East programme again.

Oman Airports receives five-star rating from British Safety Council

Muscat: Oman Airports has received a five-star rating in the Occupational Health and Safety Audit from the British Safety Council.

Oman Middle East’s top cultural, honeymoon destination: World Travel Awards

In the recently concluded World Travel Awards, considered the Oscars of Travel, Oman won as the leading cultural and honeymoon destination in the Middle East.

OMRAN Group extends ‘Within Oman’ campaign 50 more days

Muscat: OMRAN Group, the executive arm of the Sultanate for tourism development, announced the extension of their ‘Within Oman’ campaign for a period of 50 days.

Global air traffic fell by 96.8 per cent in June 2020, says IATA

The COVID-19 health crisis, the biggest disruption in the history of aviation, brought air travel to a standstill as governments ordered lockdowns impacting billions of people

Camping at Damaniyat Islands suspended

The Environment Authority (EA) has suspended issuing camping permits at Damaniyat Islands Nature Reserve,

Arabian leopard sighted in two new areas

The Office for Conservation of Environment (OCE) in Diwan of Royal Court has revealed the first scientific evidence of the presence of the Arabian leopard

Daymaniyat Islands Nature Reserve to reopen for tourists

Muscat: The Daymaniyat Islands Nature Reserve will open its doors to visitors from November 1, the Environment Authority has announced.

400 steppe eagles recorded in Dhofar

In efforts to protect rare birds, the Office for Conservation of the Environment (OCE) in the Diwan of Royal Court is conducting a field survey on steppe eagle in the Governorate of Dhofar.

Nets removed from coral reefs near Damaniyat Islands

As part of its efforts to preserve the environment from pollution, the Environment Authority (EA), in cooperation with the Blue Water Divers team,

Over 100,000 turtles returned to sea in Oman

Muscat: More than 100,000 turtles were returned to the sea within a week of the campaign to bring back young green turtles in the Ras Al Jinz and Ras Al Hadd turtle reserve.

Over 15 types of whales live in Oman

Muscat: More than 15 types of whales and dolphins live in the seas of Oman, the Environment Authority said.


The Ministry of Heritage and Tourism has begun the restoration and maintenance work of the Ras Al Hadd Fort in the Wilayat of Sur.

With His Majesty’s blessings, Al Fayha Resthouse opened in Sumail

Sumail: With the blessings of His Majesty Sultan Haitham Bin Tarik, Al Fayha Resthouse was opened in the Wilayat of Sumail, Governorate of A’Dakhiliya on Tuesday.

Navratri festivities begin online

The nine-day Indian festival Navratri is a time of celebration. It is also a time for family bonding.

Omran board of directors review projects

Muscat: The Board of Directors of Omran Group visited several projects partnerships within the Group’s portfolio in Muscat yesterday.

Municipality to set up souqs, heritage village

As part of its efforts to develop Muscat governorate and support traditional goods and businesses

6,000 turtles returned to sea in Oman

Muscat: Nearly 6,000 turtles were returned to the sea with the help of the Environment Authority (EA) and locals in south Al Sharqiyah.

Three, five-star hotels in Oman record over 56% drop in guests

Muscat: The number of guests at three to five-star hotels in Oman till August 2020 has reduced by 56.6 per cent.

Hotels told to keep guests off beaches

The Ministry of Heritage and Tourism has asked hotels not to allow guests on the beaches from October 11 until further notice.

Crabs tied to Oman economy

The importance of crabs should be considered when looking at increasing human pressure on the Barr al Hikman nature reserve, a new research has revealed.

IHG brings Hotel Indigo to Oman

IHG Hotels & Resorts, one of the world’s leading hotel groups, has signed a management agreement with Redhat al Jabal to debut its global upscale boutique brand, Hotel Indigo, in Oman.

EA urges boat operators, divers to adhere to COVID-19 preventive measures

The Environment Authority (EA) has urged clubs and individuals who have obtained diving permits to adhere to precautionary measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Booklet on raptors of Oman to bolster conservation and public engagement

MUSCAT: Sooty Falcons breed in north coastal Oman and on the Daymaniyat and Fahal Islands.  Steppe Eagles visit Oman in the winter, having migrated from breeding areas, mostly in central Asia.

Ministry of Heritage and Tourism issues circular regarding hotel establishments

Muscat: The Ministry of Heritage and Tourism has issued a circular regarding using the halls at hotel establishments. 

Tourist spending in Oman almost doubles in five years

Muscat: Money spent by tourists coming to Oman nearly doubled between 2015 and 2019, according to figures from the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI).

Governor of Dhofar inspects Salalah Airport

Salalah: Sayyid Mohammed bin Sultan Al Busaidi, Minister of State and Governor of Dhofar, yesterday toured Salalah Airport to inspect the Covid-19

Khasab to get exhibition and conference centre

The Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI) said that an exhibition and conference centre will be developed in Khasab.

Sinaw treasure is largest currency treasure unearthed in Oman

Muscat: A hoard of coins discovered in Sinaw has turned out to be one the largest of its kind in Oman.

Strict safety guidelines issued as airports in Oman gear up to reopen

Muscat: Ahead of reopening airports in Oman for passengers and commercial flights, the country’s Civil Aviation Authority has issued rules for those arriving to and departing from the Sultanate,

Duqm airport inspected ahead of October 1 reopening

Muscat: Teams from Oman’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) inspected Duqm Airport to ensure all of the safety and health protocols have been implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic,

Beach Cleanup drive evokes good response

Muscat: A large amount of plastic bags, bottles, caps, and fishnets was removed during a random beach cleaning campaign conducted by some good Samaritans

New dress code for visitors in malls, public places

Muscat: People entering malls in Muscat wearing sleeveless shirts and shorts could face fines of up to OMR 300, and jail terms of up to three months, as part of new rules drawn up for people to dress modestly while in public.

Over 400,000 visited castles, forts in 2019: NCSI

As many as 426,500 people visited forts and castles in Oman in 2019, registering an increase of 16.4 per cent compared to 2018,

Alila Hinu Bay Resort opens in Mirbat

Muscat: The Alila Hinu Bay Resort was inaugurated recently in Dhofar’s Mirbat Wilayat.

Oman’s inbound tourism rises to OMR2.3 billion in last 4 years

Muscat: The spending of inbound tourism increased in the last four years of the current five-year plan to OMR2.3 billion, compared to OMR2.1 billion in the previous five-year plan (2011-2015).

Safety top priority as airports set to reopen in Oman

Muscat: Airlines from Oman airports may be allowed to operate two flights a week to their existing destinations initially.

Muscat Airport City set to make further headway

Having snagged one of the world’s largest logistics players as an investor in its growing airfreight business, Oman Aviation Group (OAG) – the Sultanate’s aviation and air-logistics flagship –

Only one hand luggage per person

  A passenger will be allowed to carry one hand baggage including a laptop along with another from duty-free shop as part of COVID-19

Oman Air to connect 16 cities from October 1

Muscat: Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate, will return to scheduled service on 1 October with flights to 16 cities in 12 countries.

Oman Air’s HEPA filters deliver safety on flights

 Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, is ensuring the safety of its guests and crew with a comprehensive program which includes the use of high-efficiency particulate absorbing (HEPA)

Bird park in the works in Salalah for 2021 opening

To add another feature among Oman’s tourist attractions, Ahmed al Balushi, owner of the Namani Park in Barka, is finalising a project to open a bird park in Salalah.

Rare Arabian Sea humpback whale sighted off Qurm beach

An Arabian Sea humpback whale, a unique sub-population confined to Omani waters and estimated to be no more than 100 surviving, has been sighted off Shatti Qurm beach as well as around Sawadi and Damaniyat Islands.

Oman ranked 13th in world for medical tourism

Oman is ranked 13th in the world for medical tourism. Dubai and Abu Dhabi make the top ten with sixth and ninth rank, respectively, in the Medical Tourism Index (MTI) 2020-21.

Omran launches ‘Within Oman’ competition

Omran Group, the executive arm of the Sultanate for tourism development, has launched an interactive Instagram competition as part of its staycation campaign #WithinOman.

Tourism activity in Oman resumes with precautions in place

Muscat: Tourism activity in the Sultanate has resumed, in conjunction with the measures taken to ease restrictions on many economic activities.

Oman’s Yetti tourism project on track for completion next year

Muscat: Two luxury hotels – one five star and another 4 star – a yacht pier, an integrated residential quarter with educational, health and entertainment services are coming up at Yetti.

RO9mn deal inked to develop Bassah Beach in Khasab

Muscat National Development and Investment Company (ASAAS) recently announced the signing of a usufruct agreement with the office of the Minister

International flights to start on October 1

The Supreme Committee in charge of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday announced the resumption of air traffic for international flights starting October 1, 2020.

Oman Aviation, DHL Oman sign air cargo agreement

The Oman Aviation Group and DHL Oman announced a strategic partnership on Tuesday that will strengthen air logistics at Muscat Airport City.

Forum to promote wildlife conservation

To promote wildlife reserves, the Office for Conservation of the Environment at the Diwan of Royal Court will organise the first Scientific Forum in the Al Wusta Wildlife Reserve from September 17–19.

Sultanate’s loggerhead turtle population sinking

A 30-year study of Oman’s loggerhead turtles has highlighted the need for urgent additional conservation actions. The study has also discovered a 79 per cent decline in nesting population on the Masirah Island.

National Museum organises lecture in Archaeology

Muscat: The Learning Centre at the National Museum, in cooperation with the Geological Society of Oman,

10mn year old shark megatooth found in Dhofar

A megatooth belonging to a Miocene fossil shark has been found along the shores of the Arabian Sea at one of the Neolithic domestic settlements in Sharbithat in Dhofar.

Omran Group’s W Muscat thinks green with ‘LEED Gold’ certification

Muscat: W Muscat, owned and developed by OMRAN Group, has recently received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED Gold) – certification by the US Green Building Council.

Oman receives 32 nominations including ME Leading Destination at 2020 World Travel Awards

MUSCAT: It’s known as the Oscars of Travel and now in its 27th year,

Turtle lady recalls Masirah days

Muscat: A Greek lady specialised in sea turtles and working on them for many years in her home country,

Environment Authority visits Damaniyat Islands

Dr Abdullah bin Ali al Omari, chairman of Environment Authority, and specialists from the Governorate of South Batinah recently visited the Damaniyat Islands Nature

Unique Omani digitalised soil map on anvil

 A group of researchers at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) has begun preparing an interactive-digitalised platform to unveil the richness, colour, characteristics and diversity of Omani soils

Camping in Daymaniyat resumes in November

Muscat: The Environment Authority has issued a reminder that camping activity in the Daymaniyat Islands Nature Reserve will be resumed only from the first of November of each year.

Passenger safety top priority ahead of airport reopening in Oman

Muscat: The safety of passengers and employees is the top priority at airports across Oman, ahead of preparations to reopen them to the public.

Arabian leopard spotted in Dhofar

The critically endangered Arabian leopard has made a rare appearance in the Governorate of Dhofar, according to the Office for Conservation of Environment (OCE) in the Diwan of Royal Court.

Muscat 18th most financially attractive city globally

Muscat is placed 18th globally and eighth in the Arab world in AIRINC’s latest Global 150 Cities Index for the most financially attractive cities in the world.

Oman’s hotel revenue falls by 54.5%

Muscat: The total revenue of Omani hotels in the three-to-five-star category fell by 54.5 per cent to OMR58 million until the end of July 2020 compared to OMR127.60 million for the same period of the previous year.

Nizwa Souq all set to receive visitors

Muscat: With the Supreme Committee allowing traditional markets to resume commercial activities, the popular Nizwa Souq is all set to receive visitors.

Oman Aviation Group becomes member of World Travel and Tourism Council

Muscat: Oman Aviation Group has become an international member of the World Travel and Tourism Council.

Municipality lays down guidelines for dine-in

As part of its efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, Muscat Municipality has issued fresh guidelines to receive customers in tourist and international restaurants.

German hospitality brand launches new property in Oman

Well-known German hospitality brand Deutsche Hospitality has announced the expansion of its presence in the Sultanate with the opening of its second property under the ‘Intercity’ brand in Nizwa.

Reopening of Muttrah Souq brings touch of nostalgia

The aroma of spices, the fragrance of the frankincense, sounds of the footsteps, and the hustle and bustle of people shopping are all going to be experienced once again as the Muttrah Souq resumed operations,

Over 13,000 passengers used Muscat Airport in May

Muscat: Over 13,000 passengers travelled through Muscat Airport in May 2020, with Indians being the majority.

Mall of Oman opening set for September 2021

Majid Al Futtaim has announced a new opening date for its flagship Mall of Oman. The mall is now scheduled to open its doors to customers in September 2021 instead of March 2021.

Native American stone tool technology found in Oman

Muscat: Ancient tools dating back to 8,000 years have been reportedly unearthed in Oman and Yemen by a group of archaeologists.

3.59mn passengers travelled through airports in Oman

Muscat: The total number of passengers travelling through airports in the Sultanate (Muscat, Salalah, Sohar and Duqm) till the end of May 2020 reached 3.59 million passengers.

Three to five-star hotels record 53% decrease in guests

Muscat: The total number of guests at three to five-star hotels has declined in the first half of 2020 as compared to the same period in 2019.

Omanisation: Ministry of Transport to take regulatory measures in delivery profession

Muscat: The Ministry of Transport has published a clarification on the Omanisation of the delivery profession in the Sultanate.

Mina Sultan Qaboos Waterfront project under review

The nature and scope of the ambitious Mina Sultan Qaboos Waterfront project, that aims to be the number one waterfront destination in the region, will be restructured.

Lockdown in Dhofar extended, Citizens can travel abroad

Muscat: The Supreme Committee for tackling the Covid-19 pandemic held a meeting on Tuesday morning under the chairmanship of Sayyid Hamoud bin Faisal al Busaidy, Minister of Interior,

Timing revised for malls, commercial centres

Muscat: The Muscat Municipality has revised the opening hours of commercial centres and malls.

OMRAN gears up for ‘Within Oman’ campaign 2020

  OMRAN Group, the executive arm of the Sultanate for tourism development, is gearing up to roll out the second edition of ‘Within Oman’,

Stamps showcase Oman’s timeless heritage

Oman Post has launched four interactive stamps, celebrating Maidan, one of the sultanate’s most celebrated art forms in poetry and traditional music.

The ‘runner’ is back

In a heart-warming news for nature lovers, especially birdwatchers, the migratory, cream-coloured courser has returned to the Wildlife Reserve in the Governorate of Al Wusta

Dhofar, Masirah to remain closed till July 17

The Supreme Committee in charge of dealing with COVID-19 held a meeting on Tuesday morning headed by H E Sayyid Hamoud bin Faisal al Busaidi, Minister of Interior,

Ras al Jinz turtle reserve opens door for public

The Ras al Jinz turtle reserve will receive visitors as per the safety guidelines issued by the competent authorities, said Omran in a statement.

MECA carries out clean-up campaign for coral reefs

Muscat: The Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA) has carried out a cleanup campaign for the coral reef environment in Musandam Governorate.

Revenue of high-end hotels in Oman down by over 42%

Muscat: The total revenue of Omani hotels in the three-to-five-star category fell by 42.2 per cent to OMR55.18 million till the end of April 2020 compared to OMR95.48 million for the same period of the previous year.

Malls reopen in Oman, children below 12 not allowed

Muscat: Malls and commercial complexes that are allowed to operate from June 24 will follow certain guidelines or Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as part of the preventive measures to limit the spread of Covid-19.

Royal Opera House Muscat announces reopening of Opera Galleria

Muscat: In compliance with government regulations, Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) has reopened the doors of Opera Galleria.

ROHM releases free opera broadcasts

The Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) has announced a series of free broadcasts on its YouTube channel which can be viewed by audiences at their convenience.

Passengers in Oman’s airports reach 3.57 million

The total number of passengers travelling through airports in the Sultanate (Muscat, Salalah, Suhar and Duqm) until the end of March 2020 reached 3.57 million passengers.

Oman airports ready to resume flights

As normalcy returns to the sultanate, Oman airports, too, are ready and have implemented necessary safety measures to prepare for the return of passenger operations.

‘Oman favourite tourist destination for youth’

Muscat: “The Sultanate is distinguished by astounding natural diversity and historic richness attested by a multitude of monuments.

Oman honey market to go online

Muscat: The 14th edition of the Omani Honey Market, organised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MoAF) in cooperation with the Riyadah Digital Company, will be held online this year,

Validity of tourist visas to be extended, says Minister

Muscat: Ahmed Al Mehrazi, Minister of Tourism on Thursday confirmed that the validity of tourist visas will be extended until March 2021.

RO40mn fishing port to come up in Dibba

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has signed an agreement to develop a fishing port in Dibba, Musandam Governorate, with Sarooj Construction Company at a total cost of around RO40mn.

Tourists attractions in Oman to be closed, new businesses to reopen

The Supreme Committee dealing with developments resulting from the spread of the COVID-19 held a meeting on Tuesday, headed by H E Sayyid Hamoud bin Faisal al Busaidi, Minister of Interior.

96 new tourism projects to open in 2020-21

Muscat: A total of 3.5 million visitors arrived in the Sultanate as of December 2019, an increase of 8.2 percent compared to 2018, said the Ministry of Tourism on Monday.

COVID-19: Hotels in Oman asked to maintain safe distance between occupied rooms

Muscat: As part of precautionary measures that will be applicable at hotels, a safe distance between occupied rooms will be required to reduce overcrowding among guests.

Oman registered 24 per cent decline in star hotel revenues during March

Muscat: The total revenue of the Omani hotels in the three-to-five-star category fell by 24 per cent to OMR54.2 million until the end of March 2020 compared to OMR71.3 million for the same period of 2019.

Ministry issues guidelines for hotel guests, employees

Muscat: Transparent face masks for receptionists, hand sanitisers for guests, and keeping swimming pools and gyms closed until further notice are among the instructions provided to hotels

690,000 visitors until February this year

Muscat: The National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) has released the number of visitors to the Sultanate, hotel guests and other related figures

Salalah Tourism Festival 2020 cancelled

Salalah: Dhofar Municipality has cancelled the Salalah Tourism Festival for the year 2020.

Oman to suspend all domestic and international flights from Sunday

Muscat: In line with the recent decisions issued by the Supreme Committee on Covid-19, all domestic and international flights to and from the Sultanate’s airports

Covid19: Response to appeal for free hotel rooms set to be positive

National duty: There is optimism that the Ministry’s appeal will receive a vigorous response particularly as most hotels, faced with abysmal room occupancy levels amid the pandemic,

Coronavirus: Tourist boats temporarily suspended from operating in Oman

Muscat: The Ministry of Transport has suspended all the operations of tourist and excursion boats to avoid the spread of coronavirus.

Hotel owners urged to provide free rooms for COVID-19 measures

Muscat: The Ministry of Tourism has called on all owners of hotel establishments in Oman across various classifications to cooperate with the Ministry of Health and provide free hotel rooms.

1.59 million passengers travel through Oman airports

Muscat: The total number of passengers travelling through Muscat, Salalah, Sohar and Duqm airports in the Sultanate until the end of January 2020 reached 1.59 million passengers.

Tourists asked to leave Oman, bus, ferry routes suspended

uscat: Tourists in Oman have been asked to leave the country at the earliest, to avoid possible infection by COVID-19.

Over 140, 000 Brits visited Oman in 2019

As many as 140,000 British nationals, comprising both tourists and business people visited Oman last year

Sultan Qaboos’ will on display at SAF Museum

MUSCAT: In implementation of the Royal directives of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik, the Supreme Commander,

Oman Tourism Ministry of Tourism issues notice to hotels

Muscat: The Ministry of Tourism has issued a notice asking hotel establishments to implement the decisions issued by the Supreme Committee to deal with COVID-19.

Frankincense Land Sites, Salut Archaeological Park close doors due to Coronavirus

SALALAH: All Frankincense Land Sites included in the World Heritage List

Museums closed till further notice

Muscat: Major museums in the Sultanate including the National Museum, The Sultan’s Armed Forces (SAF) Museum will remain closed due to COVID-19.

Ruins tell story of ancient human settlement in Dhofar

Oman is an archaeological wonder that stores several archaeological sites dating back to ancient times and varying historical eras.

New measures against COVID-19

MUSCAT: In implementation of Royal orders of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik for the formation of a supreme committee to tackle developments of coronavirus (Covid-19)

A masterpiece that transcends boundaries

Gratitude-50 emerged as an idea that was as ambitious as it was unique. Conceptualised by Martin Mbuta, and supported and sponsored by the Water-Front at Shatti al Qurum,

Hotel revenues hit RO 20m in Sultanate

Muscat: The total revenues of Omani hotels in the three-to-five-star category fell by 9.2 per cent to RO 20.64 million until the end of January 2020

Diwan to launch project for domiciliation of endangered animals in Al Wusta

Haima: The Office for Conservation of the Environment (OCE) at the Diwan of Royal Court on Tuesday embark on the domiciliation process

“Movement of Oman on Land of Oman” documentary displayed at Samhram Archaeological Park

Salalah: Assigned by His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik, Sayyid Mohammed bin Sultan al Busaidy, Minister of State, Governor of Dhofar,

New section for Sultan Qaboos at National Museum soon

 The National Museum received Royal directives from His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik to set up a special section dedicated to the late His Majesty Sultan Qaboos at the Renaissance Hall.

Coronavirus: shows and tours at the Royal Opera House cancelled

Muscat: The Royal Opera House has announced the cancellation of all events scheduled for March and April.

Maritime History Hall inaugurated in new look

Muscat: The National Museum today inaugurated the Maritime History Hall in its new outlook. It also launched the trial version of the hall’s official website, both in Arabic and English,

MoH suggests suspension of global events

 The Ministry of Health (MoH) has called upon exhibition and event management companies to suspend or postpone events until further notice

96 hotels are expected to open by 2021

MUSCAT: Ninety six hotels of various classifications are expected to open by 2020-2021, the Ministry of Tourism announced on Monday.

Over 15,000 tourists visit Land of Frankincense, Salut sites

 The number of visitors to Land of Frankincense sites in the Governorate of Dhofar and Salut Archaeological Site in the Wilayat of Bahla in Al Dakhiliyah Governorate during last January stood at 15,590,

Sultanate sees 8.2 per cent increase in inbound tourists

 There was a missive growth in the tourism sector of the Sultanate during last five years which helped it achieve positive indicators.

Sultanate to take part in Travel, Adventure Show in Washington

Muscat: The Sultanate, represented by the Ministry of Tourism and Oman Airports, will participate for the third year in a row in the Travel and Adventure Show

Foundation stone laid for Al Qurum Park Development project

Muscat: Sohar Aluminium and OQ companies celebrated the laying of the foundation stone for the Al Qurum Park Development project in the Wilayat of Shinas.

Public park in Samayil and Wadi Sosa dam in Bahla open

MUSCAT: Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) on Thursday officially opened the Samayil Public Park and Wadi Sosa Water Dam in Bahla.


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

Omran Group to promote Oman at ITB Berlin

Omran Group, under the umbrella of Ministry of Tourism (MoT), is all set to participate in the ITB Berlin (Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin) 2020 from March 4-8.

Restoring ancient archaeological sites

An architect specialised in restoration, renovation and reuse of historical buildings has found Salalah to be a unique destination.

Land of pink blossoms

A little village up in the Hajar mountains grows figs, peaches, apricots, pomegranate and grapes. Welcome to Wakan.

Hotel revenues grow by 7.2 per cent in 2019

Muscat, Feb 25 – The total revenue of hotels in the three-to-five-star category rose by 7.2 per cent to RO 229.5 million until the end of December 2019

New 400-room five-star hotel coming up in Salalah

Muriya, the Sultanate’s largest private integrated tourism developer, has launched construction work on a new 400-key branded 5-star hotel in Hawana Salalah, its flagship destination in Dhofar Governorate.

Sultanate to mark Arab Tourism Day tomorrow

Muscat: The Sultanate will join the rest of Arab countries on Monday in marking the Arab Tourism Day.

Naseem Park to reopen: Muscat Municipality

Muscat: Muscat Municipality has announced that it will reopen Naseem Public Park from Thursday.

More than 332,000 tourists visit Musandam in 2019

The tourism sector in Musandam saw a significant growth in 2019. The number of tourists who visited the governorate stood at 332,489. Similarly,

World’s largest hotel franchising brand to open second property in Oman

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest hotel franchising company, is set to open its second property in the Sultanate of Oman in less than a year.

946 publishers to take part in Muscat International Book Fair

The 25th edition of Muscat International Book Fair (MBF) will be inaugurated on Saturday (February 22)

ITB Berlin to generate big rewards for Oman as official partner

The Sultanate of Oman will participate in the ITB Berlin (Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin) 2020 between March 4 and 8, as an official partner of this largest world exhibition of the global tourism industry.

Covid-2019: Oman’s inbound tourism resilient

The tourism sector regulations and reforms by the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) and the preparedness strategies to tackle Covid-2019

Sultanate targets 300,000 visitors

Cruise tourism in the Sultanate witnessed a significant growth of 43.6 per cent in 2019 with the arrival of 283,488 tourists compared to 193,467 recorded during the same period in 2018.

Two cruise ships bring over 4,800 tourists to Khasab port

The Port of Khasab received 4,828 visitors through two cruise   ships in two days, said an official at the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI) branch in Musandam.

Sultanate receives 3.5mn visitors in 2019

As many as 3.5mn visitors arrived in Oman in 2019, a rise of 8.2 per cent compared to the same period in 2018, according to the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI).

Volunteers remove over 500 kilos of trash from Ras al Ruwais

Long, pristine beaches and crystal clear, turquoise blue water are, undoubtedly, some of the intrinsic features that make the Sultanate stand out.

Major hospitality chain to open first Oman property shortly

Complementing Oman’s burgeoning tourism sector, global hospitality brand, Swiss Belhotel International hotels and resorts, will open its first property in Muscat by end of February.

Ministry to host camping expo

Following the success of the first edition of Tourist Camping Exhibition, the Ministry of Tourism is gearing up to launch second edition.

Over 12,400 visit Land of Frankincense, Salut archaeological sites

The number of visitors to Land of Frankincense sites in the Governorate of Dhofar and Salut Archaeological Site in the wilayat of Bahla in Dakhliyah governorate

Royal Tulip Muscat Hotel now open

Al Kalbani Group has announced the opening of Royal Tulip Muscat hotel, a luxury property managed by the reputable international chain Louvre

Over 220K visit Wadi Bani Khalid in 2019

Muscat: The number of people who visited the Wilayat of Wadi Bani Khalid in the Governorate of North Al Sharqiyah increased to 220,230 in the year 2019,

More flights to Sohar as passenger numbers cross 250,000

Sohar: Passengers flying to and from Oman through Sohar International Airport now have more choices of both destinations and flights,

Maysan to establish RO43mn business park in Duqm

Maysan Properties, an Omani real estate development company, is planning to set up a business park in Duqm with an estimated cost of RO43mn.

16.2 million passengers use Oman airports

MUSCAT: The total number of passengers travelling through airports in the Sultanate (Muscat, Salalah, Sohar and Duqm) until the end of November 2019 reached 16.21 million.

Over 766,000 visit Salalah during tourism season

MUSCAT: The number of visitors to Salalah tourism season 2019 touched 766,772 recording a decline by 7.2 per cent compared to 2018 season.

Muscat International Book Fair postponed

Muscat: The Muscat International Book Fair has been postponed to next month, the Oman news Agency (ONA) said on Thursday.

MoAF teams conduct campaigns to regulate use of pesticides in Sharqiyah

Teams from the Directorate General of Agriculture and Livestock in North and South Sharqiyah governorates carried out inspection campaigns

Avoid any display of festivities in hotels: Ministry of Tourism

Muscat: In reference to the Diwan of Royal Court announcement regarding the mourning period and the flying of flags at half-mast over the forthcoming 40 days,

MECA to plant 10mn wild tree saplings

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA) in cooperation with Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) on Wednesday launched a national initiative to plant 10mn wild tree saplings in the next ten years.

Over 14,500 visit Land of Frankincense and Salut

SALALAH: The number of visitors to the Land of Frankincense sites in the Governorate of Dhofar and Salut Archaeological Site in the Wilayat of Bahla, Al Dakhiliyah Governorate,

Oman Convention Centre strengthened economy

Muscat: The Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre seeks to promote economic diversification and put the Sultanate as the most important destination for events in the world.

Horizon Cruise ship arrives in Oman

Muscat: Khasab Port in Musandam Governorate received Horizon Cruise ship.

Tourist guide boards installed in Oman

Muscat: The Ministry of Tourism, representing the Tourism Awareness Department and the General Directorate of Tourism, in Dhofar Governorate,

Two cruise ships visit Khasab Port in Oman

Muscat: The Khasab Port welcomed two cruise ships which docked for tourism.

Omran announces soft opening of Marriott hotel

Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran Group), the executive arm of the Sultanate for tourism development, announced the soft opening of JW Marriott Muscat.

Muscat Festival from Jan 16 to Feb 15

 More than a million visitors are expected to visit the Muscat Festival venues this year which will be held from January 16 to February 15, according to the organising committee at Muscat Municipality.

Adventure tourism highlights topography of Sultanate

Muscat: Adventure tourism in the Sultanate of Oman is getting popular as large number of tourists is visiting it for the purpose, particularly during winter.

Muscat Municipality to organise Flower Exhibition in February

In a first, Muscat Municipality will organise a Muscat Flower Exhibition at the Qurum Natural Park Theatre in February, 2020.

37 ships bring 78,300 tourists in one month

 The Port Sultan Qaboos in Muscat and the Khasab Port in Musandam received 78,300 tourists from 37 cruise ships over the past four weeks,

Stamps celebrate Oman’s ancient system of irrigation

 Oman Post has launched a new series of stamps on the aflaj of Oman, in partnership with the Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources.

Showcase of HM’s rule to be the highlight of Muscat Festival 2020

His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said’s rule will be the highlight of Muscat Festival 2020. The festival will be held from January 16 to February 15.

Bait Qirsh Museum preserves Oman’s history

NIZWA: The Wilayat of Nizwa in the Governorate of Al Dakhiliyah is blessed with many major archaeological and tourist sites that attract visitors from various places far and near.

Annular eclipse: 300 to take part in Ras al Ruwais camp

Over 300 people from 12 countries are gathering at the Ras al Ruwais camp in Jalaan Bani Bu Ali, South Sharqiyah, from Wednesday to view the rare phenomenon of annular solar eclipse.

New nautical chart to support Port Sultan Qaboos transformation

Muscat: The National Hydrographic Office (NHO) of the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) issued a new nautical chart for Port Sultan Qaboos.

Marine tourism diversifies, enriches nation’s economy

 – Marine tourism in Oman is becoming popular due to its diverse forms and types. It has emerged as an important form of tourism in the country due to its geographic components and marine nature.

Sultanate’s hotel revenues grow 7.8pc till October 2019

Muscat: Total revenues of Omani hotels in the three-to-five-star category rose by 7.8 per cent to RO 177.7 million till the end of October 2019

Salalah birdwatching inspiration for beginners

The Great White Pelicans usually don’t go to Salalah. But in 2018, they made a stopover, and the sighting sent Dhofar-based birdwatchers

Sultanate takes part in Arab Ministerial Council meetings in Saudi Arabia

Al Ahsa: The Sultanate, represented by the Ministry of Tourism, on Thursday participated in the 25th

Desert tourism gets a boost

MUSCAT, DEC 22 – In a mega boost to the development of desert tourism in the Sultanate and protect the biodiversity, Al Sharqiya Sands,

More than 75,000 Chinese visitors expected to visit Oman by 2023: Report

Muscat: Oman is expected to welcome more than 75,000 Chinese tourists by 2023 as GCC countries are becoming their favoured destinations, according to a report revealed on Wednesday.

Travel Oman: Camping in Sharqiyah Sands

In Oman, the cooler months of the year signify the start of camping season. As Oman’s Ministry of Tourism (MoT) attaches great interest to this product,

Oman by UTMB event to feature in 2020 Ultra-Trail World Tour

The 2020 Ultra-Trail World Tour will end in the heart of Oman’s incredible and unique mountainous interior, with the third edition of Oman by UTMB set for December 3-5.

2.8mn UK residents to visit GCC by 2024; 22% rise

As many as 2.8mn UK residents will travel to the GCC in 2024, an additional 500,000 travellers when compared to 2018 arrival figures, generating an estimated US$6.3bn tourism revenue.

Oman pavilion at Korean museum

SEOUL: The Sultanate’s pavilion was opened at the Multiculture Museum of Korea under the auspices of Mohammed bin Salim al Harthi,

Masirah to get two new hotels

MUSCAT, DEC 21 – As part of promoting tourism outside the capital Muscat, Oman Tourism has announced several hotel projects

Air passengers touch 14.8 million

Muscat, Dec 21 – The total number of passengers travelling through Muscat, Salalah, Suhar, and Duqm airports until the end of October 2019

If you miss next week’s solar eclipse over Oman, you won’t see it in this lifetime

Muscat: The rare solar eclipse that will pass over Oman on 26 December will only next be seen after 83 years,

The rose fields of Al Ain village in Jabal Akhdar

Found exclusively on the hillsides of Al Jabal Al Akhdar, Oman’s green mountain, the Jabal Akhdar rose is unlike any other in the world.

Wyndham ramps up expansion in Middle East with two hotels in Muscat

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts will continue to ramp up its expansion across the Middle East with the opening of two new hotels in Muscat.

Spotlight on scientific tourism during annular solar eclipse

The Ministry of Tourism (MoT) has partnered with Oman Astronomical Society (OAS) to bring a unique scientific tourism experience to local and international tourists this year.

‘Entry to Damaniyat nature reserve only by permit’

Visitors to the Damaniyat Island Nature Reserve have to follow certain rules. Violation of these rules can invite fines, stated the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA).

More than 84,500 visit Jebel Akhdar in H1

Known for its farms, trees, fruits and wadis, the beautiful Jebel Akhdar in the Governorate of Dakhliyah has seen a huge growth in tourist arrivals in the first six months this year, stated the Ministry of Tourism.

Tourism revenue hits RO 1.4 billion in 2018

MUSCAT: The total revenue of the tourism sector in the Sultanate reached RO 1.4 billion at the end of 2018,

Municipality temporarily closes two parks in Oman

Muscat: Muscat Municipality announced the closure of the Al Amerat and Al Naseem parks for construction work and maintenance of facilities for visitors. The parks will be closed from Thursday December 5, 2019.

Second edition of Oman Tourism Awards launched

MUSCAT: In partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, Al Roya newspaper launched the second edition of Oman Tourism Awards 2020

New archaeological discoveries in Daba

New archaeological discoveries have been made in the Wilayat of Daba in Musandam Governorate

Norwegian Cruise ship docks in Oman

Muscat: A Norwegian JAD cruise ship docked at Khasab port arriving from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, and enroute to India,

Al Bustan named world’s leading palace hotel at World Travel Awards 2019

Continuing to set benchmarks for luxury hospitality, Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel has been named World’s Leading Palace Hotel by the World Travel Awards.

Over 18,000 visit landmark tourist sites

Over 18,000 people visited the Land of Frankincense sites in the Governorate of Dhofar and Salut Archaeological Fort in the wilayat of Bahla in Dakhliyah in November this year.

Oman LNG CEO named ‘Energy Executive of the Year’

Oman LNG’s Chief Executive Officer Harib al Kitani has been named the winner of Petroleum Economist’s prestigious ‘Energy Executive of the Year’ award.

Hormuz Grand Muscat wins Luxury Business Hotel Award

The team of Hormuz Grand Muscat, a Radisson Collection Hotel is honoured to be announced as the best Luxury Business Hotel in Oman at the 2019 World Luxury Hotel Awards.

Omran Group bags two awards at World Travel Awards

Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran Group), the executive arm of the Sultanate for tourism development,

Sultanate bags 16 awards at world travel event

Oman won 16 major awards at the grand final gala ceremony of the 26th World Travel Awards held at the Royal Opera House Muscat, on Thursday.

Cruise ship numbers increase during Oman National Day holidays

Muscat: In two days, 31 vessels carried out cruise trips for visitors to Musandam with more than 1,800 passengers on board.

Nearly 200% increase in tourist arrivals in 10 years

Muscat: The travel and tourism industry in Oman has grown multifold as the national diversification strategy of the last two decades has started showing results.

Oman Air wins four awards at WTA in Muscat

Muscat: Oman Air earned four World Travel Awards at the organization’s 2019 Grand Final Gala ceremony held recently at the Royal Opera House Muscat.

Sultanate sees 200 pc rise in tourist arrivals

Muscat: The number of tourists coming to the Sultanate increased by nearly 200 per cent from 1.3 million in 2009 to 3.1 million in 2018,

Cruise ships to boost tourism

– The Ministry of Tourism is putting more efforts to encourage cruise tourists.

Over 56,000 watch turtles in Ras Al Jinz Reserve till October

Muscat: The number of people who visited Ras Al Janz Reserve of Ras Al Hadd in the Wilayat of Sur between January and November this year reached 56,957.

Marella Discovery cruise returns to Oman

 Muscat: For the third time this year, the ship Marella Discovery has arrived at the Sultan Qaboos Port with 4,000 passengers on board.

Revenue of top end hotels rise to OMR155.2 million

 Muscat: The total revenues of Omani hotels in the three-to-five-star category rose by 8 per cent to OMR155.235 million till the end of September 2019

First phase of Barka Marina to be ready in Q1 2020

Barka: – The Barka Port Development Project (Barka Marina) is one of the most promising projects that serve the economic, tourism, developmental and operational sectors

‘Preserving the Past for the Future’ opens

 As part of the 49th National Day celebrations, His Highness Sayyid Haitham bin Tareq al Said, Minister of Heritage and Culture, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Museum,

Awareness must for tourism development

 The Ministry of Tourism has implemented several awareness programmes aimed at boosting tourism and conservation of natural and cultural elements of the Sultanate.

Annual Military Music Concert at ROHM today

The Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) will host the final day of the annual military music concert on Thursday at 7pm.

Oman Airports hosts WTA Grand Final Gala Ceremony 2019

Oman will host the World Travel Awards (WTA) Grand Final Gala Ceremony 2019 on November 28. Now in its 26th edition,

Oman Air among quietest airlines serving London’s Heathrow

Muscat: Oman Air, the national airline of the Sultanate of Oman, has once again been recognized as the one of the cleanest and quietest airlines serving London’s Heathrow Airport.

Winter beckons tourists

– With the onset of winter season, tourists from across the world are arriving in the Sultanate to enjoy the beauty of its mountains, plains, vast deserts and beaches.

Farmer’s market held in Oman

Muscat: The Souq Es Sabt (Saturday Market), a local farmer’s market was held at Al Mouj in Muscat.

Where to see hedgehogs in Oman

Locating the mammal may be rare in the Sultanate. However, a group of shutterbugs were lucky to track them at Sinaw in Al Sharqiyah Governorate.

Seabourn Angkor cruise ship visits Salalah Port

Salalah: The cruise ship “Seabourn Angkor” visited Salalah Port on Sunday with “540” passengers on its board

Oman launches drive to promote tourism at international events

Muscat: Oman’s Ministry of Tourism is all set to participate in five major international tourism exhibitions to raise awareness of what the Sultanate has to offer to tourists.

12 million passengers use airports in Oman

Muscat: The total number of passengers traveling through airports in the Sultanate (Muscat, Salalah, Sohar, and Duqm) until the end of August 2019 reached 12.04 million.

New animal, plant species found at Jabal Samhan

MUSCAT: A scientific study conducted by the National Field Research Centre for Environmental Conservation (NFRCEC) at the Diwan of Royal Court

Oman Air gets four star rating from APEX

Oman Air has received a four star rating in the Major Airline category. The award was presented recently by the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX)

Taking tourism abroad

The Ministry of Tourism is all set to participate in five major international tourism exhibitions with several promotional programmes in a number of countries.

Oman Aviation Services announces the availability of Majan Hall to receive passengers

Muscat: As part of its comprehensive development plan to upgrade its exceptional services and expand its business operations,

MECA to release over 110,000 turtle hatchlings into sea

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA) has started a campaign to release as many as 110,000 turtle hatchlings into the sea

Cruise ships anchor at Salalah and Khasab ports

MUSCAT: Cruise vessel AIDAvita called at the Port of Khasab with 1,179 tourists of various nationalities on board.

Dhofar Governorate gears up for winter

Muscat: Dhofar Governorate is gearing up to receive an expected influx of tourists this winter.

Young Omanis go electric for Nizwa tourist boost

Muscat: Young Omani entrepreneurs have launched an innovative tourist project in Nizwa that sees visitors being ferried around historic landmarks in eco-friendly electric cars.

Cruise ship visits Salalah port

Salalah: The Italian cruise ship “AIDAvita” visited Salalah Port today with “1181” passengers on its board from different nationalities as part of its tour program to several ports around the world.

Over 300,000 people visit sultanate’s nature reserves in 2018

Nature reserves in the sultanate witnessed a 25 per cent increase in visitors in 2018 compared to 2017.

Salalah to see robust cruise season

The outlook for Salalah cruise season 2019-20 is bright with some 50 cruise liners lined up from October to May 2020.

Hotels occupancy rates drop by 7.6%: Report

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

Muscat welcomes first cruise ship of the season

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

Adventure activities at Qurum Nature Reserve tomorrow

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

Hotel revenues up by 8.2 pc

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

Oman mountain resort is Middle East’s second best

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

26 Omani photographers to show works on women’s day

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

Three hotels in Muscat to open this year

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

GCC Tourism City for 2020 named

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

New Madinat Al Irfan Theatre is largest in the region

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

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

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

Oman Post to focus on last-mile delivery

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

Integration of tourism in GCC needed: Maitha

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

Sultanate ranks first in global terror-free index

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

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

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

OMRAN appoints U Capital as adviser for privatisation of hotels

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

Spotlight: Tailor-made for tourism

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

Sayyid Faisal Museum hosts exhibition

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

New play area for disabled children built in Oman

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

SMEs’ support key to tourism boost in Oman

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

Culture festival from Oct 14 to 23

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

Community Mall to come up at this park in Muscat

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

Muscat among top 10 connected airports in Mideast

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

Al Mahyoul Fort gets facelift

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

Be cautious to avoid jellyfish sting during beach visits

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

Alfardan Group launches The St Regis brand in Oman

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

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

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

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

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

French media hails Oman as ‘Hidden Treasure of the East’

PARIS: French media described the Sultanate as the hidden treasure of the East. It pointed out that Oman is between the Middle East and Asia, which keeps its secrets, but also shares its culture and nature.

Construction work to resume on Batinah Coastal Road project

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

Oman Post launches stamps on sea turtles

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


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


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

Omran plans privatisation of hotel portfolio

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

Travel Oman: A home for migratory birds

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

New Ibis hotel to come up in Madinat Al Irfan

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


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

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

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

Oman-India art exhibition from Sept 25

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

9.3 per cent increase in hotel revenues

MUSCAT: The total revenues of hotels in the three-to-five-star category rose by 9.3 per cent to RO 127.6 million till the end of July compared to RO 116.8 million for the same period during the previous year.

Sleep under the stars

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

It is bloom time on Salalah mountains

Salalah: Any time is a good time in Salalah. Post khareef (monsoon) season there is no sign of rains but the greenery on the mountains is still there and most of them are covered with different kinds of flowers.

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

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

Beach cleaning campaign at South Al Sharqiyah

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


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

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

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

Saint Petersburg campaign woos Russian tourists

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

New coastal road to boost tourism in Musandam

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

Beach cleanup campaign in Oman

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

Oman 3rd among Arab countries in tourism competitiveness

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

Arabian Leopards spotted

The trap cameras installed by the Wildlife Protection Units of the Directorate-General of Environment and Climate Affairs in Dhofar Governorate have captured the image of Arabian leopards in the governorate.

Coastal road work likely to be completed next month

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


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

Over 80pc of Misfat heritage tourism project completed

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

Sultanate scores high in global tourism ranking

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

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

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

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

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

Over 20,000 visit Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve

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

Muscat Airport ranks 14 for customer service

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


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

Number of inbound visitors sees increase in July

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

Huge influx of tourists this season in Salalah

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


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

Green turtle returns to Oman after 21 years

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

Over 160% jump in tourist arrivals from Russia

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

162 per cent increase in Russian tourists visiting Sultanate

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

Muscat to have a water park in this area

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


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

723,720 tourists visited Salalah Tourism Festival

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

Star hotels see big rise in European guests

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

Double digit growth for Muscat airport

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

Seeing Double: Oman tourist numbers double in a decade

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

Salalah Tourism Festival ends amidst fanfare

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

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

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

Al Fai-Al Wajajah road opens

The Ministry of Transport and Communications opened the Al Fai-Al Wajajah road on Monday. The road starts from Shinas in the Governorate of Al Batinah North and ends in Al Fai village in the Governorate of Al Buraimi.

Olive harvest begins in Jabal Al Akhdhar

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

Frankincense burners stir up fragrant tradition

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

Over 600,000 tourists visit Dhofar so far

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

Hotel revenues increase in Salalah

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

Wadi Bani Khalid receives 10,521 visitors during holidays

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

Bikers from GCC steal the show in Salalah

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

Omran extends summer promotion to include Eid holidays

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


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

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

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

40-km of Adam-Thamrait road opens tomorrow

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

Key to smart solutions lie in Artificial Intelligence

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

Muscat Governorate home to highest expat numbers

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


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


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

Expats outnumber nationals in Muscat, Dhofar

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

Over 23,000 footfalls at Al Baleed, Samahram sites

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

Helicopter tourism to be launched in Oman

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


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


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

An awestruck moment for visitors at sea shell exhibition

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

Indian Social Club Photography Group to be launched tomorrow

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

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

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

OMRAN launches Atana Stay Al Ashkhara

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

Golden Tulip Al Seeb goes out of service

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

Hotels in Muscat gear up for Eid al Adha holidays

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

Muriya’s Hawana Salalah witnesses a host of activities

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

Towards a greener Dhofar

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

Salalah’s richness attracts tourists

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

New Atana Stay hotel now open in Salalah

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

New luxury resort to open in Dhofar next month

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

Park safe in hilly areas, PACDA cautions

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

New luxury property launches in Salalah

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

Meet Salalah’s winged guest

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


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

Balloon Carnival kicks-off in Salalah

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

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

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

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

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

1.4m visitors arrived in Oman till May

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

Salalah drenches in Khareef charm

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

Over 75% hotel occupancy at Salalah Tourism Festival

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


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

Beware of wet roads on khareef trip

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


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


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


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

‘Within Oman’ campaign launched

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

Salalah festival caters to all sections

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

Free entry to National Museum on July 23

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

Lots to do at Salalah Festival

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

Water rescue teams in place at Salalah

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

Around 70,000 tourists visit Salalah so far: NCSI

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


Though fresh water lakes are tempting, experts advise to avoid swimming in them because they are unchlorinated and can be breeding ground for mosquitoes and other insects who thrive immensely during the khareef season in Salalah.

Over 27K visit Salalah Tourism Festival in two weeks

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

Traditional arts add colour to Salalah Festival

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

Cheer is back for Salalah hospitality operators

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

Hotel revenue grows by 12.2 pc

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

Salalah Tourism Festival opens

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

Bahla in race for World Crafts City

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

All roads lead to Dhofar

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

Ministry of Tourism releases Khareef promo

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

48% increase in cruise visitors to Oman

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


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


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

Quintessential Marquetry: Intricate artistry on wood

On a recent visit to Muttrah Souk, intricately carved wooden jewellery boxes caught my eye. Decorated with typically Islamic geometric patterns and inlaid with shell and bone, the impossibly detailed designs made me wonder about the skill of the artisans and the amount of time and effort that must have gone into creating them. It [...]

Authorities take steps to ensure services for Salalah visitors

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

Picturesque Oman

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

Salalah Tourism Festival ground gets a facelift

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

Groundbreaking of $2 bn Muscat Waterfront in Nov

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


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


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

NFC suspends all trips between Shannah-Masirah

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

Road to Salalah: Travellers advised to take these routes

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

Important numbers to learn for your roadtrip to Salalah

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


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


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

Tourism info centres open in Dhofar

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

New hotels to accommodate increasing tourist numbers in Salalah

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

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

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

Nearly 10,000 tourists visit Salalah in one week

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

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

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

Hoota Cave reopens for visitors

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

Oman Airports takes over operations at Marmul and QarnAlam

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

Khareef is knocking Salalah

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

Surge in foreign tourists to Oman

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

More excitement in store for khareef visitors this year

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

Huge influx of tourists at various destinations during Eid holidays

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


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


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


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

Time to get ready for Khareef

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

Over 11K tourists visit Jabal Akhdhar during Eid holiday

Muscat: There was a huge influx of tourists at a number of destinations of the Sultanate during Eid Al Fitr holiday. Tourists enjoyed natural elements of the country and saw its heritage in a family atmosphere.

Holiday rush lifts hotel occupancy

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


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

Misfat Al Abriyeen heritage tourism project progressing well

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

Modest uptick in cruise tourists to the Sultanate

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

Over 4,800 tourists visit land of frankincense sites

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

Now pay for entering Jabal Akhdhar sanctuary

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

Spike in tourism in Oman during Eid Al Fitr holidays

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

Thousands of tourists travel through Oman during Eid

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


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

Eid to boost domestic tourism

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

Horses, riders spice up Eid festival

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

17 per cent jump in Indian tourist inflows into Oman

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

New royal decree to boost Oman’s 2040 tourism plan

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

Oman’s tourism industry gears up for Eid vacations

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

5 fun things to do during the Eid break

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

Tourist spots geared up for Eid holiday rush

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

Sultan’s Armed Forces Museum’s Eid timings

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


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

Ministry of Tourism plans for more tour guide Omanisation

Muscat: The Ministry of Tourism has said that as part of efforts to Omanise jobs that relate to the Sultanate’s culture, it will always strive to push for Omanisation of tour guide jobs based on languages.

SQP receives Indian cruise ship

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

Six light activities to try to diversify Ramadhan routine

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

Chance for private sector to invest in upcoming Muscat Festival 2020

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

Over 5,000 hotel rooms on anvil

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

Hot air balloons to spice up Salalah Tourism Festival

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


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

Historical tiles that graced an impressive grand mosque

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

Harat Al Saybani: Heritage management at its best

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

Salalah festival likely from July 11

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

Tourism Ministry to set up office in China

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

Hot air balloon carnival to add colour to khareef Salalah

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

Private investments sought for 2020 Muscat Festival

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