Muscat Municipality bans sheesha smoking after midnight

by Fahad Al Ghadani
Smoking sheesha after midnight will not be allowed in cafes, according to a letter sent by the Muscat Municipality to sheesha cafes recently.

Majlis Al Shura plans affordable Haj, Umrah trips

by Fahad Al Ghadani
Dissatisfied with the trips of tour operators and many concerns raised by pilgrims recently, the Majlis Al Shura has been discussing and trying to devise a mechanism to regulate such trips.

Oman Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries lifts ban on import of poultry from Vietnam, Nepal

by ONA
The decision was based on the recommendation of the competent veterinary authority

Peshawar attack: Prayers held in Oman for Pakistan terror victims

by Times News Service
As a mark of respect for those killed in Peshawar school, amidst official mourning, the Pakistan flag at the embassy will remain at half-mast until Friday

Christmas & New Year at top hotels in Oman

by T.A. Ameerudheen
The festive spirit is already in the air as hotels and restaurants make elaborate arrangements to provide their guests some mesmerising moments with entertainment and fabulous feasts

Dressing up for festive season: Christmas celebrations in Oman hotels

by Salim Joseph
Fresh poinsettias, coniferous trees bedecked with red and golden baubles and gingerbread houses have embellished the lobbies of major hotels in Muscat, heralding Christmas and spreading festive cheer
Technology
Apple co-founder not a fan of smartwatches
by AFP

Apple has entered the smartwatch market much later than players such as Sony, Samsung, and LG and Wozniak cautioned industry watchers not to expect the company to always lead way

Thursday
Oman golf: Get into the swing at Almouj
by Scott Armstrong

Running alongside a two-kilometre stretch of ocean, the 7,342-yard course of lush green grass is peppered with bunkers, water hazards and natural dunes.

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Columns
It is liberalism which would pass the test
by CHRIS PATTEN

Six years after the start of the global financial crisis, many are beginning to ask uncomfortable questions. How can liberal democracies remain globally competitive?

Entertainment
Movie review: Lingaa
by Siddharth Akhouri

Superstar Rajni marks his return to live action cinema after a long 4 years of absence and his fans are nothing but ecstatic