Rent rise notice sends tenants in Muscat into a tailspin

by Saleh Al Shaibany
Many house owners in densely populated areas of Ruwi, Al Khuwair and Ghubra have pasted notices demanding 20 to 30 per cent hike in rents and failure to pay would lead to eviction

Sunday Beat: Population growth outstrips employment opportunities in Oman

by Saleh Al Shaibany
Thirty years ago, 100 per cent of graduates with degrees in various disciplines had jobs waiting for them. Last year, just 40 per cent of the graduates were recruited within the same time lapse

Garments worth Omani Rial 18,000 gutted in Muttrah shop fire

by REJIMON K
Garments worth thousands of rials were destroyed when a shop caught fire in the tailoring and garments shop lane behind Muttrah police station on Friday morning

Omran’s new projects to help boost tourism in Oman

by A E JAMES
Oman Tourism Development Company, Oman’s tourism development and investment arm, has been taking a series of initiatives to develop domestic tourism

Moving cargo activities from Muscat to Sohar critical for tourism, industrial development: Cluttons

by Times News Service
The Government’s deadline for receiving container, cargo and project materials vessels at Port Sultan Qaboos is August 31, 2014, after which they would be transferred to Sohar Industrial Port

Savings and deposits in Oman’s banks rise

by ONA
According to Oman’s central bank, quasi-money witnessed a growth of 8.5 per cent. The share of quasi-money to the total money stock declined to 63.9 per cent in June 2014
Oman
Oman students shun soil, recycle date palm leaves to grow plants
by SARAH MACDONALD

A group of students from the Higher College of Technology have launched a new business that promotes local, eco-friendly agriculture practices by using date palm leaves as a soil alternative

Sports
Oman football squad start training ahead of AFC U-16 tourney in Thailand

Oman junior boys underwent their first training session just hours after reaching the Thai capital where they will take part in the AFC U-16 Championship from September 6

Business
Projects worth Omani Rial 300m to beautify Duqm
by ONA

Special Economic Zone Authority at Duqm has earmarked 25 square kilometres area for tourism projects in a bid to attract tourists and investors

World
17 killed as Taliban launch attacks across Afghanistan
by Reuters

The attacks coincide with political deadlock in Kabul, where rival presidential candidates have failed to resolve months-long disputes over the election

Thursday
Muscat's new way of entertainment – Bowling!
by Faisal Mohammed Nai

Interactive and competitive, a sport that is fast gaining aficionados in Muscat is the game of bowling, that is catching the fancy of the young and old alike, Faisal Mohammed Naim reports

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No victory for Israel despite devastation
by Robert Fisk

Strategically, the Palestinians have won. They are still in Gaza, Hamas is still in Gaza, and the coalition government of the Palestinian Authority and Hamas appears still to be a reality

Entertainment
Entering Bollywood was not pre-planned: Pakistani actor Fawad Khan
by PTI

Popular Pakistani actor Fawad Khan, who is making his debut in Bollywood with the remake of 'Khoobsurat', a cult comedy of the 80s, says his entry into Hindi films was not pre-planned