People call for ‘balanced’ beachfront development in Oman

by ELHAM POURMOHAMMADI
While such concerns are understandable, people should know that strict rules are in place to regulate land use, said an Omaran official

Accused sentenced to death by UAE court for killing Omani

by Times News Service
According to The National newspaper “the Criminal Court had previously convicted two of the defendants, cousins N D and M D and sentenced them to death. A third cousin, H?D, was cleared”

Art of C Painting at City Centre

by T.A. Ameerudheen
As Oman prepares to celebrate the 44th National Day, forty-two talented artists get a unique platform to portray the culture, traditions and colours of the country on a non-conventional canvas

Matuto band in Muscat: Fusion of Brazilian forro and American bluegrass music

by Salim Joseph
Merging Brazilian forro and American bluegrass music in Muscat last week was Matuto, the festival band based in New York City which has already connected people in many countries with folk melodies

Old fashioned artist - David Willis

by Hubert Vaz
Up with his third exhibition during the past three decades that he has spent in Oman, Australian artist, David Willis, says he’s content being a traditional artist

Abdo Feghali - King of drift

by Salim Joseph
Abdo Feghali, the Lebanese rally champion and host of ‘Driven’, the popular motorsport programme on MBC Action.
Business
Lower crude price may reduce production cost, says official
by ELHAM POURMOHAMMADI

If oil prices continue to fall, providers of various services in this sector, such as drilling, logistics and supply of chemicals, will have to reduce their costs, says undersecretary in the Ministry

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World
Paralysed man walks again with help of frame
by Reuters

A Polish man who was paralysed from the chest down in a knife attack can now walk with the aid of a frame after receiving pioneering transplant treatment using cells from his nose

Thursday
The childhood that our children miss
by Saleh Al Shaibany

They each told a different story at one time or another. Some of the items brought a twinge of pain, a few raised questions of my past and the rest brought confusion.

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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
In Asia, angst is rising against United States
by Roger Cohen

Outside China, there is a consistent theme in Asia. It is concerned that declining American power, credibility and commitment will leave the way open for Beijing to exercise dominance over the region