Drive to make taxis appeal to passengers in Oman

by Tariq Al Haremi
Under the new guidelines, taxis are to be fitted with GPS devices and meters while drivers have to carry an identification card

Undertake Haj with vaild documents, head of the Omani Haj delegation tells pilgrims

by Fahad Al Ghadani
Pilgrims undertaking Haj must have the necessary documents for entry into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Video: Oman's top news stories of September 17

by Times News Service
Watch the digital roundup of today's top stories in 60 seconds

Power, water sector targets total Omanisation by 2019

by FAIZUL HAQUE
As targeted, there are only Omani nationals at the level of managers of administrative affairs and finance in the electricity sector. At the engineer level, there were 75 per cent Omanis in equivalent

Tunisian star Saber El Rebai to sing at Royal Opera House Muscat in October

by Sarah MacDonald
Saber El Rebai earned a name for himself singing some of the most difficult pieces by the Egyptian singer and composer Mohammed Abdel Wahab

Suhail Bahwan launches new Nissan X-Trail in Oman

by Times News Service
Building upon Nissan's respected 4x4 heritage and benefiting from the company’s crossover leadership the new X-Trail is all set to re-define the compact SUV segment.
Sports
Cricket: Trott ready for England return
by AFP

However, the 33-year-old South Africa-born right-hander has returned to county duty with Warwickshire, although a recurrence of the illness in April led to another break from cricket.

World
Polls on eve of Scotland's historic referendum suggest Scots to vote 'No'
by AFP

Opinion polls on the eve of Scotland's historic referendum suggest voters will narrowly reject independence, as the rival camps battle on, aware the result remains too close to call.

Thursday
Oman tourism - Man-made paradise at Alila Jabal Akhdar
by Scott Armstrong

Idyllic landscape, spectacular setting with luxurious accommodations, rejuvenating spa treatments and sumptuous cuisine, Alila Jabal Akhdar is the perfect place to visit, Scott Armstrong reports

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Features
Good Bye Marx! Hungary cleans up for Orban's revolution
by AFP

Budapest's Corvinus University is no hotbed of communist troublemakers and far from nostalgic for the old regime, but students are pining for a cherished bronze of Karl Marx removed last week

Columns
To crush IS, make a deal with Assad
by AHMAD SAMIH KHALIDI

In the absence of any large-scale Western or regional commitment to deploy troops, the only real 'boots on the ground' capable of destroying Isis are the Syrian Army and its local allies

Travel
Avignon tourism - The provencal city offers a busy cultural calender in early autumn
by Paul Bloomfield/The

September represents Avignon's sweet spot: after the hectic weeks of the twin theatre and fringe festivals but the city is still blessed with balmy evenings, food festivals and other events

Entertainment
I waited three years for Hrithik: Asutosh Gowariker on 'Mohenjo Daro'
by PTI

Noted filmmaker Asutosh Gowariker, who is all set to team up with Hrithik Roshan again in next project 'Mohenjo Daro', says the superstar took three years to say yes for the period drama.