Firms plan 5.4% wage hike in 2015 to attract workers in Oman

by Times News Service
A survey suggests that private firms are planning to attract more workers by providing additional incentives

Oman road accident: Expat jaywalker loses life in Al Hail

by REJIMON K
“He was hit by the car and thrown up in the air. Then he fell down on the car and was badly injured

Six-month visa restriction not for dependents, investors: Oman Legal Expert

by Times News Service
Times of Oman, in association with Khalifa Al Hinai Legal Consultants, will answer the legal queries of readers every Monday. Questions can be sent to readersclub@timesofoman.com

Reactions in Oman on beheading of British aid: ‘How could they kill Haines? He was there to help others’

by Times News Service
British expatriates in Oman have condemned the killing of the British hostage and aid worker David Haines by Islamic State militants

Bangladesh to give Omani citizens visa on arrival

by Times News Service
The government of Bangladesh will now extend visa on arrival facility to Omani citizens, a statement issued by the country’s embassy said.

Quality of cricket matters not quantity, says Oman Cricket official Madhu

by Nishad Padiyarath
With Oman Cricket’s new League season set to begin next month, 84 teams have so far registered to play
Oman
Omani photographer captures children with a click
by Hassan Ali Shaban

Photographing babies is not a child’s play but woman photographer Hawra bint Fahim Al Said takes great pleasure arresting the innocent bundles of joy in their wonderful moments

Sports
English Premier League: Falcao debuts as Manchester United crush Queens Park Rangers
by AFP

The 28-year-old Colombian, a loan signing from Monaco, made his entrance as a 67th-minute replacement for Juan Mata, but by then United had already secured an overdue first victory of the season

Business
Omantel denies WorldCall rumour
by A E James

Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel) said that the news regarding WorldCall Telecom Limited (an Omantel’s subsidiary) circulated in Pakistan is inaccurate

World
Paris conference to plan fight against Islamic State
by AFP

Senior figures from a US-led coalition are to meet in Paris on Monday to discuss how to defeat Islamic State jihadists, as the latest shocking beheading of a Western hostage strengthened their resolve

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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Columns
The plan for fighting Isis isn't all about us
by Thomas L. Friedman

There are three things in life that you should never do ambivalently: get married, buy a house or go to war. Alas, we're about to do No. 3. Should we?

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

Health
Stroke less likely for older women who get more potassium
by Reuters

Postmenopausal women who get more potassium in their diets are less likely to have a stroke or die than those who don’t get as much, according to a new study.