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 ...

Ould Cheikh: Talks between Yemeni parties to be held in Muscat

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, on Friday dismissed that his term of office was "unsuccessful", saying that the role of the envoy is "to mediate" between the parties. "If they are keen on reaching peace they will, and if they seek the opposite, no result or solution could be reached.” Ould Cheikh added that the new UN envoy will begin preparations for a round of talks starting with meetings between the Houthis and the General People's Congress but ...

UK’s FM Boris Johnson to arrive in Oman and Saudi Arabia for talks

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is traveling on Wednesday to the Gulf for high-level meetings on the issues facing the region. The visit, according to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office follows two days of talks on the Middle East with the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in London and international counterparts in Paris. Johnson will arrive in Oman on Wednesday, where his meetings will focus on making progress towards a political solution to the conflict in Yemen. He will then travel ...

Saudi energy minister: Oil producers have consensus on cooperating after 2018

Sunday, 21 January 2018

OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers have a consensus that they should continue cooperating on production after the end of 2018, when their current agreement on production cuts expires, Saudi Arabian energy minister Khalid al-Falih said on Sunday. If oil inventories increase in 2018 as some in the market expect, producers may have to consider rolling the supply cut agreement into 2019, but the exact mechanism for cooperation next year has not yet been decided, Falih said. He was speaking at a news ...

Oman signs $210 mln Saudi financing for key industrial project

Friday, 5 January 2018

Oman’s government has signed to obtain 81 million Omani rials ($210 million) of financing from Saudi Arabia for one of its key industrial projects, in a deal that could help to ease concern about the health of the sultanate’s finances. The money will come from the Saudi Fund for Development, a state agency, to support work at Duqm, where Oman is building a multi-billion-dollar industrial zone on its southern coast, the official Oman News Agency (ONA) said late on Thursday. The 81 ...

UAE to face Oman in Arabian Gulf Cup final

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

The UAE national team qualified for the Gulf Cup final after beating Iraq 4-2 on penalties Tuesday in the semi-finals of the tournament held in Kuwait. The game ended in a 0-0 draw during the first 90 minutes and the extra time. Ali Mabkhoot, Omar Abdul Rahman Khamis Ismail and Mohammed Barghash scored from the spot to give the UAE a win while Alaa Abdul Zahra and Hamam Tariq missed two penalties from the spot to eliminate Iraq. The UAE team will meet on Friday Oman, who beat Bahrain 1-0.

Bahrain steps up ahead of Gulf Cup semi-final against Oman

Monday, 1 January 2018

Bahrain has stepped up their preparation ahead of the semi-final clash in the 23rd Gulf Cup with Oman on Tuesday at the Jaber Al Ahmad International Stadium in Kuwait City.The other semi-final will be between Iraq and the UAE.Oman qualified for the semi-finals after beating Saudi Arabia 2-0 and Kuwait 1-0, following a 1-0 defeat in their opening game against the United Arab Emirates, and won Group A in the process.Bahrain are looking to rewrite history as they are aiming to secure not only their ...

Oman 2018 state budget lifts spending

Monday, 1 January 2018

Oman's state budget for 2018, approved by ruler Sultan Qaboos on Monday will boost spending while keeping the same deficit as the 2017 budget. The budget projects spending of 12.5 billion rials ($32.5 billion) this year, up from 11.7 billion in the original budget for 2017, local media quoted a Finance Ministry statement as saying. Revenue are projected at 9.5 billion rials, up from 8.7 billion in the 2017 budget. That leaves a planned deficit of 3 billion rials this ...

Omani policeman stabbed to death in shopping mall

Sunday, 31 December 2017

A mentally ill man carrying a knife in a shopping mall in Muscat stabbed a policeman to death and injured two others on Saturday, according to Omani security services. The incident came as a surprise to many as it is not common to have this spur of violence in a popular mall that is usually very safe. Omani police said on their official Twitter page that the crime happened in City Centre Mall in the capital, adding that a ‘white weapon’ was used, referring to the knife. A Omani ...

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