VIDEO: $2.3 billion 'Omagine' mega project in Oman and other top news

by Times News Service
Round up of local and national top stories in 60 seconds

$2.3b ‘Omagine’ project to create 1,000 jobs for Omanis

by Rahul Das
To be located in Al Hail and close to Muscat airport, ‘Omagine’ will have seven pearl-shaped buildings

Tweets by Omani national a violation of cyber law

by FAHAD AL MUKRASHI
Tweets by Omani businessman alleging corruption charges against some government officials are breach of privacy law and moral orders of the country

Internet rules tourism market as agents pushed to back seat in Oman

by REJIMON K
Earlier, tourists used to choose destinations on the basis of what the destination managing agents used to say or market. Now, people’s reviews decide ratings of the destination

Sunday Beat: Oman farmers struggle against nature’s odds

by Saleh Al Shaibany
The government has spent OMR1.4 billion in subsidies this year and most of the benefits went to areas where they are not needed. Food security is crucial but subsidising fuel in the petrol stations

Iconic lensman showcases his art in Oman

by SARAH MACDONALD
Steve McCurry has traveled extensively, visiting six continents and numerous countries. People are ‘generally the same all over the world, no matter how remote they may be,’ he says
Oman
Muscat slaughterhouse to have modern facilities
by Ibrahim Al Hasni

The new slaughterhouse will cost OMR10 million and will be spread over an area of up to 100,000 square metres. It will integrate several facilities in accordance with modern requirements

World
Sony hack: Obama vows U.S. response to North Korea
by Reuters

Obama said the cyberattack caused a lot of damage to Sony but the company should not have let itself be intimidated into halting the public release of "The Interview"

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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Has Cuba really won in the bargain? Well...
by Jorge G. Castaneda

Cuba seems to have given up very little in exchange. There are concessions, to be sure, but not large ones in view of what Cuba stands to gain with the resumption of diplomatic relations

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