VIDEO: Majlis Al Shura approves tax on expat remittances and other top stories

by Times News Service
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Remittance tax on expats in Oman back in focus

by REJIMON K
Taxing expats and cutting defence expenditure are among the proposed steps to meet the deficit due to drop in oil prices

Majlis Al Shura refuses to hike expatriate labour recruitment fee in Oman

by Staff Reporter
Majlis Al Shura economic committee is holding a meeting to discuss various proposals related to labour recruitment

Working wife will lose resident status if she stays out of the country beyond 180 days: Oman legal expert

by Times News Service
You can apply for family visa even without a no-objection letter from your wife’s employer as NOC is mandatory only for change of employment visas and not for other type of visas

Football fans disappointed at Oman loss in Gulf Cup

by Fahad Al Ghadani
Soccer aficionados were left fuming at the team’s disappointing 3-1 loss to Qatar on Sunday in the Gulf Cup semifinal

22nd Gulf Cup: Qatar to face Saudi Arabia in final

by Times News Service
Oman, the 2009 champions, will now play the third-place play off against United Arab Emirates on Tuesday before returning home
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by AFP

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Columns
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by Paul Vallely

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Travel
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by Simon Calder/The Ind

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Health
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by AFP

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Entertainment
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