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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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,
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.
ITB Berlin to generate big rewards for Oman as official partner
The Sultanate of Oman will participate in the ITB Berlin (Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin) 2020 between March 4 and 8, as an official partner of this largest world exhibition of the global tourism industry.
The Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA) in cooperation with Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) on Wednesday launched a national initiative to plant 10mn wild tree saplings in the next ten years.
Known for its farms, trees, fruits and wadis, the beautiful Jebel Akhdar in the Governorate of Dakhliyah has seen a huge growth in tourist arrivals in the first six months this year, stated the Ministry of Tourism.
Muscat: Muscat Municipality announced the closure of the Al Amerat and Al Naseem parks for construction work and maintenance of facilities for visitors. The parks will be closed from Thursday December 5, 2019.
French media hails Oman as ‘Hidden Treasure of the East’
PARIS: French media described the Sultanate as the hidden treasure of the East. It pointed out that Oman is between the Middle East and Asia, which keeps its secrets, but also shares its culture and nature.
MUSCAT: The total revenues of hotels in the three-to-five-star category rose by 9.3 per cent to RO 127.6 million till the end of July compared to RO 116.8 million for the same period during the previous year.
Salalah: Any time is a good time in Salalah. Post khareef (monsoon) season there is no sign of rains but the greenery on the mountains is still there and most of them are covered with different kinds of flowers.
The trap cameras installed by the Wildlife Protection Units of the Directorate-General of Environment and Climate Affairs in Dhofar Governorate have captured the image of Arabian leopards in the governorate.
The Ministry of Transport and Communications opened the Al Fai-Al Wajajah road on Monday. The road starts from Shinas in the Governorate of Al Batinah North and ends in Al Fai village in the Governorate of Al Buraimi.
DON’T LET MOSQUITOES, INSECTS RUIN YOUR KHAREEF HOLIDAYS
Though fresh water lakes are tempting, experts advise to avoid swimming in them because they are unchlorinated and can be breeding ground for mosquitoes and other insects who thrive immensely during the khareef season in Salalah.
Quintessential Marquetry: Intricate artistry on wood
On a recent visit to Muttrah Souk, intricately carved wooden jewellery boxes caught my eye. Decorated with typically Islamic geometric patterns and inlaid with shell and bone, the impossibly detailed designs made me wonder about the skill of the artisans and the amount of time and effort that must have gone into creating them. It [...]
Over 11K tourists visit Jabal Akhdhar during Eid holiday
Muscat: There was a huge influx of tourists at a number of destinations of the Sultanate during Eid Al Fitr holiday. Tourists enjoyed natural elements of the country and saw its heritage in a family atmosphere.
Ministry of Tourism plans for more tour guide Omanisation
Muscat: The Ministry of Tourism has said that as part of efforts to Omanise jobs that relate to the Sultanate’s culture, it will always strive to push for Omanisation of tour guide jobs based on languages.
MUSCAT: The total revenue of hotels in the three-to-five-star category rose by 10.4 per cent to RO 71.3 million till the end of March 2019 compared to RO 64.6 million for the same period the previous year.
Old mosque in Nizwa tells fascinating tales of the past
The ash-Shawadina mosque of al Aqr District in Nizwa is amongst the oldest mosques in Oman. Its different features have a lot to tell about history through its architectural structure, script, motifs and the decorative pieces used in the focal point – its mihrab.
MUSCAT – From extreme sports, hot-air ballooning to via ferratas, trekking and caving, the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) along with other stakeholders is working to make Oman one of the top sports and adventure destinations in the world.
AN Omani man mending fishing net or a lady’s hand-sewing a ‘kuma’ cap are perfect photo opportunities. But an IT professional based in Muscat with an eye for detail has given a different meaning by catching them on frame.
Musandam petroglyphs offer a glimpse into Oman’s ancient past
Petroglyphs are carvings created by scratching and chipping the surface of rocks. These ancient etchings were made by ‘artists’ who scratched or removed the top layer of the rock’s surface with a sharp tool.
Oman Aquarium cuts entry fee by half for three categories
Muscat: Students, families receiving social security and people with special needs will now be able to visit the aquarium at Mall of Muscat for half price, according to the chairman of Al Jarwani Group.
Preview plan to let you enjoy Oman’s snow park before its opening
Muscat: Oman’s first snow park is set to open by the end of this year at Mall of Muscat, but visitors can look forward to a preview over the summer months, according to the chairman of Al Jarwani Group.