VIDEO: Oman's cruise industry grows thanks to tidal wave of tourists and more news

by Times News Service
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Cruise industry booming as tourists flock to Oman

by Rahul Das
Picturesque locations, renowned hospitality and rich heritage have all contributed to the tidal wave of tourist arrivals in the Sultanate

Oman's Public Establishment for Industrial Estates plans to create 27,000 jobs

by Times News Service
From a lone industrial estate on about 3 million square metres, the spread of industrial estates is today symbolised by seven prime industrial estates

Sunday Beat: Social media spurs transformation in youth aspirations

by Saleh Al Shaibany
These quick messages are maturing fast and now we see the topics are tackling serious issues. The exchanges of ideas are not anymore an idle pursuit of isolated groups of youth with no real targets

5th Global Entrepreneurship Summit: World leaders call for innovative thinking

by SARAH MACDONALD
The event, held under the patronage of King Mohammed VI and organised by the White House, brought together more than 4,500 participants from across world

Movie Review: Happy Ending

by Siddharth Akhouri
The film is made with urban sensibilities and the issues the characters experience may be something which may not be relatable to a large section of audiences especially in India
Sports
Gulf Cup football: Oman confident of reaching final
by Times News Service

While a 5-0 victory against Kuwait sealed their place in the last four, the accolades that followed that achievement boosted the morale of Oman who face Qatar in the semifinals on Sunday

World
Western leaders step away from Iran nuclear talks ahead of deadline
by Reuters

With three days to go to the deadline for a deal to defuse stand-off with Iran over its nuclear ambitions, Western power foreign ministers stepped away for consultations on Friday

Technology
Paris pop-up store immortalises shoppers with 3D printed figurine
by AFP

A new pop-up shop in the hip Marais district of Paris is giving people the opportunity to immortalise themselves with a tiny printed 3D figurine for the not so tiny price of 230 euros ($286).

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Features
India seeks to cash in on global demand for ancient remedies
by AFP

India claims to have natural remedies for everything from cancer to the common cold, but ministers say it has failed to capitalise on its traditions as the world has woken up to alternative medicine

Columns
Time to sink divides to fight Isis militants
by Robert Fisk

Syria's army cannot hold all the ground it takes from IS or other extremist groups. Hence the existence of the NDF

Travel
Barcelona: Catalan identity is more evident than ever in the region's beautiful capital
by Simon Calder/The Ind

Early winter is the ideal time to visit Barcelona, with tourist numbers dwindling, the Mediterranean moderating the temperature and the city at its full, hectic pace

Health
Dutch check other farms after bird flu outbreak
by AFP

Dutch officials were on Monday checking poultry farms for a highly infectious strain of bird flu following an outbreak in a central village of the virus which could infect humans.

Entertainment
Movie Review: Happy Ending
by Siddharth Akhouri

The film is made with urban sensibilities and the issues the characters experience may be something which may not be relatable to a large section of audiences especially in India