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Total set to develop natural gas resources in Oman

Sunday, 13 May 2018

French energy group Total said on Sunday it had signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of Oman to develop natural gas resources in the Gulf state. “Total and Shell as operator will develop several natural gas discoveries located in the Greater Barik area on onshore Block 6 with respective shares of 25 percent and 75 percent,” Total said in a statement. The project is expected to have initial production of around 500 million cubic feet of gas per day, rising to a ...

DJ Avicii committed suicide, bled to death

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Dance music superstar Avicii's death last month in Oman was a suicide, the celebrity gossip site TMZ reported Tuesday. According to TMZ, Avicii killed himself with a shard of glass that caused massive bleeding from cuts in the neck, and hands. A representative for the Swedish DJ did not reply to requests for comment, but his family earlier insinuated that Avicii had killed himself. "He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness," his family said in an open letter on ...

Qatari intelligence officer arrested over Houthi militia support

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

A Qatari intelligence officer has been arrested in Yemen over charges of collaborating with the Houthi militia, said sources from the Yemeni government to Al Arabiya news channel. The sources said that Yemeni forces arrested the accused, Muhsin al-Karbi, after he attempted to escape Yemen through a cargo p0rt in al-Mahra directorate. The port links Yemen to the Sultanate of Oman. Qatari authorities have confirmed al-Karbi’s arrest after making a statement through the so-called Qatari ...

Report claims dance music superstar Avicii committed suicide in Oman

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Dance music superstar Avicii committed suicide by slashing himself with a shard of glass, the celebrity gossip site TMZ reported Tuesday. A representative for the Swedish DJ did not reply to requests for comment. But his family earlier insinuated that Avicii had killed himself. “He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness,” his family said in an open letter on Thursday. “He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace.” TMZ, quoting unnamed ...

DJ Avicii ‘could not go on any longer’: family

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Swedish superstar Avicii, one of the world’s most successful DJs who died a week ago aged 28, “wanted peace” and “could not go on any longer”, his family said in an open letter on Thursday.The musician, whose real name was Tim Bergling, was found dead on April 20 in Muscat, the capital of the Gulf sultanate Oman, where he had been on holiday with friends.“He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness,” his family wrote in the letter, ...

Top Swedish DJ Avicii, 28, found dead in Oman

Friday, 20 April 2018

  Avicii, the Grammy-nominated electronic dance DJ who performed sold-out concerts for feverish fans around the world and also had massive success on US pop radio, died Friday in Oman. He was 28. Publicist Diana Baron said in a statement that the Swedish performer, born Tim Bergling, was found dead in Muscat, Oman. “It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” the statement read. “The family is devastated and we ask everyone ...

A brief history on Oman and Iran

Monday, 26 March 2018

One of the books I bought from this year’s Riyadh Book Fair is “Four important letters exchanged between Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid I and Oman’s Imam Ahmed bin Saeed” by Saudi historian Mohammed al-Zalfa. The book was published by Dar Belad AlArab. After explaining why he copied these documents from the Ottoman archive, al-Zalfa said: “Oman was powerful during the reign of its powerful ruler Ahmed bin Saeed, who died in 1783. His biggest role was maintaining the ...

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Mattis in Oman to meet with Sultan Qaboos

Sunday, 11 March 2018

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Oman on Sunday ahead of a meeting with Sultan Qaboos to discuss ongoing security concerns, including the situation in neighboring Yemen. Mattis’s visit, his first as Pentagon chief, comes amid regional strains over the Yemen conflict and a diplomatic rift between Qatar and Gulf and Arab countries Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt. “The unity of the (Gulf Cooperation Council) has been strained, to put it mildly, so I am also wanting to ...

Oman’s foreign minister visits Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem

Friday, 16 February 2018

Oman’s Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi made a rare visit by such a senior Arab dignitary to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque on Thursday and said the establishment of a Palestinian state was necessary to achieve stability and development in the region. Bin Alawi’s visit to pray at the third holiest site in the Islamic world was confirmed by Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib, director of the Islamic Waqf in Jerusalem which is responsible for running the site inside Jerusalem’s walled Old ...

In Oman desert, European venture sets sights on Mars

Monday, 12 February 2018

It may look like a scene from a science fiction movie. But these astronauts clad in pressure-simulating suits have their feet firmly on earth… in Oman's barren desert, more specifically.They're taking part in simulation training, aiming to one-day help humans survive on Mars.Alexander Soucek, president of the Austrian Space Forum and AMADEE-18 flight director on earth, said "We need a place that looks as much as Mars as possible. And we found it here in Oman, it's a beautiful place ...

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