Are beaches in Oman safe?

by Salim Joseph
The recent drowning incidents have suddenly raised the question

Grit and Gumption - 15 Omani drivers determined to make history at Oman International Rally

by T.A. Ameerudheen
They are up against some of the big-spending foreign teams in the rally circuit, but 15 Omani drivers, who face paucity of funds, are determined to give the favourites a run for their money

Global foodstuff delights Oman

by T.A. Ameerudheen
With quality-conscious customers increasingly preferring internationally reputed products from around the world, Oman has, of late, transformed into a truly global market

Oman registers lowest in GCC Inflation Index

by ONA
Qatar witnessed the highest rise in inflation amongst the GCC, recording 3.8% increase of prices by end of August 2014

Expats can return to Oman on tourist visa

by Fahad Al Ghadani
An expatriate facing two-year ban can return on a tourist visa, or a family joining visa or an investor visa, the ROP has clarified

Sweden recognises State of Palestine

by AFP
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas immediately hailed Stockholm's decision as "brave and historic" and called for others to follow suit.
Business
Ithraa official urges public agencies to provide better services
by BUSINESS REPORTER

Public sector should come up with innovative solutions in the services that it is providing to attain a higher level of competitiveness, said an Ithraa official

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Features
High in Pakistan's mountains, women break taboos
by AFP

A group of young Pakistani girls sit on a carpeted floor listening as their teacher writes on a whiteboard, preparing his students for the rigours of climbing some of the world's highest peaks.

Columns
We are vulnerable and less safe than ever
by Roger Cohen

We are vulnerable and we are fearful. That is the new zeitgeist, at least in the West. Fanaticism feeds on frustration; and frustration is widespread because life for many is not getting better.