Visa ban reprieve for expats in Oman welcome, say firms

by REJIMON K
Construction firms were facing shortage of skilled personnel and having difficulty in completing projects on time due to the visa ban on non-Omani workers

New Hijri year holiday announced in Oman

by Times News Service
The new Hijri year 1436 holiday for the public and private sector has been announced

Can an employee resign from job at any point of time? Oman Legal Expert answers

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

New Maserati Quattroporte with 330 hp launched in Oman

by TIMES NEWS SERVICE
The Maserati Quattroporte comes with a three-year service and maintenance package as a standard. Prices start from OMR 37,900

Oman's Ministry of Agriculture keeps tab on Crimean Congo fever

by ONA
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries said that the department has been following the Crimean Congo Haemorrhagic Fever.
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Oman crime: Two Omani nationals arrested for human trafficking
by Staff Reporter

An official at the ROP said the two nationals were arrested after a tip off that they intended to smuggle two women across the border inside the trunk of their vehicle

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US drops arms, ammunition to Kurds battling IS in Kobane
by AFP

It is the first time the US has made airdrops to Kurdish fighters defending Kobane and it represents an escalation in Washington's efforts to support Syrian opposition forces

Thursday
How to fulfill a poor child's needs in Oman?
by SALEH AL SHAIBANY

It was an embarrassing moment and a humiliating one, too. Everybody with small children would relate to such an incident

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Features
Tower block tours give 'Brutalism' a closer look
by AFP

The 27-storey Balfron Tower in Poplar is being refurbished after decades of neglect as a wave of gentrification spruces up former housing estates and casts a fresh eye on once-derided designs.

Columns
China's middle class is turning restless
by PETER POPHAM

The Chinese never tire of telling anyone willing to listen that they have been around for 5,000 years