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VIDEO: $2.3 billion 'Omagine' mega project in Oman and other top news

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$2.3b ‘Omagine’ project to create 1,000 jobs for Omanis
To be located in Al Hail and close to Muscat airport, ‘Omagine’ will have seven pearl-shaped buildings

Sunday Beat: Oman farmers struggle against nature’s odds
The government has spent OMR1.4 billion in subsidies this year and most of the benefits went to areas where they are not needed. Food security is crucial but subsidising fuel in the petrol stations

Tweets by Omani national a violation of cyber law
Tweets by Omani businessman alleging corruption charges against some government officials are breach of privacy law and moral orders of the country

Internet rules tourism market as agents pushed to back seat in Oman
Earlier, tourists used to choose destinations on the basis of what the destination managing agents used to say or market. Now, people’s reviews decide ratings of the destination


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Oman weather: Jabal Shams freezes at -2 Celsius
As winter comes calling, Jabal Shams recorded minus 2 degree Celsius temperature.The maximum temperature at Jabal Shams was five degree Celsius
Oman's Sultan Qaboos University, ink pact with Chinese, Dutch varsities
Both sides discussed about building a Confucius Institute in the region. Confucius Institutes are non-profit public institutions
Oman vintage car rally to relive history
The Grand Tour will have owners of pre-seventies vintage and classic cars taking part in the 21-day trip across the country
Seminar on free trade at Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry
A seminar on Free Trade agreement between GCC countries and Singapore will be organised by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry on Monday at the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Muscat slaughterhouse to have modern facilities
The new slaughterhouse will cost OMR10 million and will be spread over an area of up to 100,000 square metres. It will integrate several facilities in accordance with modern requirements
Iconic lensman showcases his art in Oman
Steve McCurry has traveled extensively, visiting six continents and numerous countries. People are ‘generally the same all over the world, no matter how remote they may be,’ he says
Omani-Saudi Investment trade forum to begin to kick off on Monday
Organizing the forum comes within the framework of Ithraa keenness to enhance cooperation, trade and investment exchange between the two brotherly countries
Passengers traffic through Muscat International Airport increased by 5 per cent
The number of departing passengers has also increased by 6%
Back-breaking bags a bane for schoolchildren in Oman
Children risk spinal cord deformities, and long term health risks if they are forced to carry heavy backpacks every day, say doctors
‘QuARTet’ show at Gallery Sarah in Muscat
Gallery Sarah will be hosting the ‘QuARTet’ exhibition from Monday. The show will run until January 8 between 9.30am and 6pm
Omani students visit BAE Systems
The 25 students are studying engineering, health, safety and environmental management, project management, business studies, HR and facilities management at UCLan
Muscat's Shangri-La dazzles with Muscat’s largest Christmas tree
The resort’s recreational team has created a special programme of daily festive activities to complete this holiday season
Muscat Municipality bans sheesha smoking after midnight
Smoking sheesha after midnight will not be allowed in cafes, according to a letter sent by the Muscat Municipality to sheesha cafes recently.
Majlis Al Shura plans affordable Haj, Umrah trips
Dissatisfied with the trips of tour operators and many concerns raised by pilgrims recently, the Majlis Al Shura has been discussing and trying to devise a mechanism to regulate such trips.
Oman Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries lifts ban on import of poultry from Vietnam, Nepal
The decision was based on the recommendation of the competent veterinary authority

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Muscat Municipality bans sheesha smoking after midnight
Smoking sheesha after midnight will not be allowed in cafes, according to a letter sent by the Muscat Municipality to sheesha cafes recently.
Back-breaking bags a bane for schoolchildren in Oman
Children risk spinal cord deformities, and long term health risks if they are forced to carry heavy backpacks every day, say doctors
As oil prices plunge, GCC braces for ‘tough times’
GCC countries are forecast to lose at least half their oil revenues, or around $350 billion a year, at current price levels
Oman Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries lifts ban on import of poultry from Vietnam, Nepal
The decision was based on the recommendation of the competent veterinary authority
Majlis Al Shura plans affordable Haj, Umrah trips
Dissatisfied with the trips of tour operators and many concerns raised by pilgrims recently, the Majlis Al Shura has been discussing and trying to devise a mechanism to regulate such trips.
‘QuARTet’ show at Gallery Sarah in Muscat
Gallery Sarah will be hosting the ‘QuARTet’ exhibition from Monday. The show will run until January 8 between 9.30am and 6pm
Rights groups lash out at decision to resume executions in Pakistan
The Human Rights Watch termed the executions 'a craven politicised reaction to the Peshawar killings', demanding that the executions be stopped immediately
Muscat's Shangri-La dazzles with Muscat’s largest Christmas tree
The resort’s recreational team has created a special programme of daily festive activities to complete this holiday season
Germany’s FM fears for Russia’s stability
Steinmeier said the dramatic fall in the rouble currency and falling energy prices had created an economic and financial crisis in Russia, which would affect the political landscape there
Apple co-founder not a fan of smartwatches
Apple has entered the smartwatch market much later than players such as Sony, Samsung, and LG and Wozniak cautioned industry watchers not to expect the company to always lead way
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84% of Majlis Al Shura members approve ban on alcohol in Oman
Humaid Al Nasri, Majlis Al Shura member, told Times of Oman, members have supported a ban and punishment for anyone who manufactures, drinks and conducts business in alcohol
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Is Oman one step closer to alcohol ban?
A proposal from the Majlis Al Shura for a total ban on alcohol has won approval from members. But the move has already attracted critics who fear its impact on tourism and foreign investment
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Majlis Al Shura members vote to ban sheesha cafes in Oman
Majlis Al Shura members have voted for a ban on sheesha cafes in Oman in view of the health risks associated with them
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No two-month job visa ban for expatriates in Oman
There is no two-month ban in place while issuing fresh job visas for expatriates who are eligible to join a new employer, a reliable source in the Royal Oman Police (ROP) said.
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‘Genetic blood disorder affects all Oman tribes’
The high prevalence of blood disorders in Oman can be attributed to the practice of marrying a close relative, says an expert, urging prospective couples to take the premarital genetic tests
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Increase in gas price in Oman necessary
Initially, there may be a problem but in the long term the impact will be absorbed, say experts
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VIDEO: Majlis Al Shura votes for ban on alcohol and other top stories
Round up of local and other top stories in 60 seconds
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Oman's Majlis Al Shura to debate curbs on serving liquor to citizens
Shura members will also discuss whether the ban should include serving of liquor in public places like hotels
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Unified driving licence in GCC: Royal Oman Police
A unified driving licence will come into force from January 1, 2015, Royal Oman Police (ROP) said in a circular
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Majlis Al Shura seeks to host Oman's higher education minister
In accordance with Article 58 of the Basic Law of State, upon a request signed by at least 16 members of Majlis Al Shura, any of the serving ministers may be subject to interpellation
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