NOC not for sale: Employers in Oman told not to charge fee for No Objection Certificate

by ELHAM POURMOHAMMADI
OCCI vice-chairman says that though it’s not a common practice in the private sector to charge employees for NOC, companies must abide by the rules that are in place

UAE carriers stop flights to Baghdad after FlyDubai hit by gunfire; Muscat airport unaffected

by REJIMON K
Flydubai, Emirates Airlines, Sharjah's Air Arabia and Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways suspended flights following the incident, in line with a directive from the United Arab Emirates' civil aviation author

Money exchange houses in Oman urge India to scrap plan to tax remittances

by Staff Reporter
Money exchanges in Oman have urged Indian government not to tax remittances by expatriates

Muscat Festival 2015: date with Omani dates in Al Amerat Park

by ELHAM POURMOAMMADI
Breaking the stereotype about date packaging, around 50 local companies have demonstrated a sense of creativity in their date products at the exhibition

Oman property deals to be regulated by real estate index

by Fahad Al Ghadani
The index has been launched by the Ministry of Housing, the Oman Real Estate Association and the National Centre for Statistics and Information
Oman
GUtech's eco-house, model for sustainable buildings in Oman
by SARAH MACDONALD

Prof. Nikolaus Knebel, one of the faculty members who oversaw the project, said the Eco-house competition was very important for a county like Oman which has an increasing demand for housing

World
Obama visits Saudi Arabia seeks close, candid relations
by Reuters and AFP

US President Barack Obama sought to cement ties with Saudi Arabia as he came to pay his respects after the death of late Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

Technology
New take-along chargers that pack power to portable devices
by The New York Times

Once you know those measurements, it is time to decide which type of charging device is best for you. One of the most convenient ways to charge is to use a case that includes an external battery

Thursday
Asian-inspired spa in Muscat, For the mind, body and soul
by Salim Joseph

The Spa at The Chedi Muscat embraces eastern philosophy with Asian oriental rituals; it offers an extensive variety of beauty rituals based on the holistic principles of aromatherapy and herbalism

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Columns
UK accepted only 90 Syrian refugees in 2014
by David Hanson

The scale of this crisis and the suffering meted on the Syrian people is horrific: a city the size of Manchester has been destroyed, and a population bigger than London's displaced

Round Up
First SPAR supermarket opens in Oman
by Staff Reporter

The global food store giant will be opening four supermarkets in Oman, providing high quality fresh foods combined with a wide selection of products, excellent service and good value

Health
Losing appetite as you age?
by Steve Connor/The Ind

Loss of taste, particularly the ‘umami’ flavour, could be one of the key reasons why elderly people lose interest in food later in life