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Oman Air eyes more seats from India, bets on leisure, medical tourism

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Oman Air is hopeful for an increase in traffic rights to India which would drive more leisure tourists to the West Asian country and help feed its flights to Europe and Africa. At present, Oman Air operates 161 flights per week to eleven Indian cities, utilising the 27,000 seats allocated to airlines from each country. Oman is seeking an increase ... Read More »

Oman mulls extending expat visa ban

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Oman’s visa ban which currently limits expat jobs across 87 professions could be extended as per local job market needs, according to a top official at the Ministry of Manpower. The six-month ban will expire at the end of January 2019, but may be extended for another half year, Salim bin Nasser Al Hadhrami, Director General of Planning and Development ... Read More »

‘Drug related arrests drop in Oman, as smugglers avoid Sultanate route’

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Muscat: Drug cartels and organised traffickers avoid Oman as a smuggling route, according to Royal Oman Police (ROP), thanks to the force’s efforts to keep the Sultanate safe. Fewer arrests occurred due to a drop in drug-related crimes in 2017, according to data exclusively shared with the Times of Oman. The number of drug crimes, those arrested and the quantities ... Read More »

Pact signed to train 1,000 Omanis in Sohar

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Muscat: A capability building agreement (CBA), under which 1,000 Omanis will be trained, has been signed between SV Pittie Sohar Textiles and National Training Fund. The training, to be imparted at the SV Pittie Training Centre in Sohar will equip the trainiees with the right foundational and technical skill set so they can be employed in the company’s textile project. ... Read More »

Drug related arrests drop in Oman, as smugglers avoid Sultanate route: ROP

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Muscat: Drug cartels and organised traffickers avoid Oman as a smuggling route, according to Royal Oman Police (ROP), thanks to the force’s efforts to keep the Sultanate safe. Fewer arrests occurred due to a drop in drug-related crimes in 2017, according to data exclusively shared with the Times of Oman. The number of drug crimes, those arrested and the quantities ... Read More »

Expats arrested for smuggling alcohol in Oman

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Muscat: Two expats of “asian nationality” have been arrested by the Coast Guard police, on charges of smuggling alcohol, the Royal Oman Police (ROP) has announced. In addition to that, the coast guard also provided assistance to two Omani boats, officials said. In the first case, the accused were arrested near the Dibba coast, when police found over 1,400 cans ... Read More »

Drug related arrests drop in Oman, as smugglers avoid Sultanate route: ROP

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Muscat: Drug cartels and organised traffickers avoid Oman as a smuggling route, according to Royal Oman Police (ROP), thanks to the force’s efforts to keep the Sultanate safe. Fewer arrests occurred due to a drop in drug-related crimes in 2017, according to data exclusively shared with the Times of Oman. The number of drug crimes, those arrested and the quantities ... Read More »

Singapore, Oman see potential to do more together

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SINGAPORE: Singapore and Oman reaffirmed their warm relations during Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean’s trip to the Arab country over the weekend and acknowledged there was potential for further cooperation between the two sides. DPM Teo, who is also Coordinating Minister for National Security, called on Oman’s Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers Sayyid Fahd Mahmoud Al ... Read More »

Oman Police Arrests 3 Expats for Human Trafficking, Smuggling Drugs

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Three expats were arrested on charges of human trafficking and smuggling narcotics into the Sultanate, the Royal Oman Police (ROP) announced. In the first case, two expats were arrested on the coast of the Wilayat of Liwa when they were attempting to bring in drugs and illegal migrants. In the second case, an expat was arrested in Bidbid on charges ... Read More »

Oman could announce US dollar sukuk sale this week

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The government of Oman could announce a plan to issue new US dollar-denominted sukuk, or Islamic bonds, as early as Monday, sources familiar with the matter said, speaking on condition of anonymity. One of the financially weakest states in the Gulf, Oman has borrowed extensively in the international markets over the past few years to finance state spending and development ... Read More »

Oman police arrest 2 expats for human trafficking, smuggling drugs

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Oman policed announced two expats of “Asian” origins were arrested on charges of human trafficking and smuggling drugs into the sultanate. The arrests were made on the coast of the Wilayat of Liwa when the expats were attempting to bring drugs and illegal migrants into Oman, Times of Oman reported. “The officers of the Anti-Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Department, led ... Read More »

Oman’s Renaissance mulls $1.5b Topaz Energy IPO

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Oman’s Renaissance Services SAOG, a service provider to the oil and gas industry, is considering an initial public offering for its Topaz Energy & Marine unit, according to people familiar with the matter. Renaissance, which has a market capitalisation of about $379 million (Dh1.37 billion), could seek a valuation of about $1.5 billion for the Dubai-based business, the people said. ... Read More »

Drug related arrests drop in Oman, as smugglers avoid Sultanate route: ROP

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Muscat: Drug cartels and organised traffickers avoid Oman as a smuggling route, according to Royal Oman Police (ROP), thanks to the force’s efforts to keep the Sultanate safe. Fewer arrests occurred due to a drop in drug-related crimes in 2017, according to data exclusively shared with the Times of Oman. The number of drug crimes, those arrested and the quantities ... Read More »

Two arrested for smuggling alcohol in Oman

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Muscat: A citizen and an expat were arrested by the Royal Oman Police (ROP) on charges of smuggling alcoholic beverages. While the citizen was caught with 398 bottles of alcohol, ROP did not reveal details about the quantity of alcohol that the expat was smuggling. According to ROP, ”The police department at Musandam Governorate arrested a citizen while attempting to ... Read More »

Drug smuggling attempt at Muscat airport foiled

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Muscat: Customs at Muscat International Airport seized psychotropic substances and narcotics tablets, the department announced. According to officials, the narcotics tablets consisted of large amounts of Clonazepam and Bromazepam tablets. A statement online by Oman Customs read, “Customs of Muscat International Airport thwarted the smuggling of Clonazepam and Bromazepam.” Read More »

Six arrested for smuggling drugs across Oman

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Muscat: The Directorate General for Combating Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of Royal Oman Police (ROP) arrested three persons of different nationalities for smuggling 14kg of drugs in Muscat. In another case, ROP arrested an Asian and seized 5kg of drugs in Seeb. An attempt to smuggle marijuana through Muscat International Airport was also foiled. Dhofar The anti-narcotics sleuths arrested ... Read More »

Sailors Flee Burning Oil Tanker Off Oman

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At least four seafarers jumped at sea to escape a raging fire Tuesday on a very large crude carrier off the coast of Muscat operated by state owned Shipping Corp. of India Ltd. A number of commercial ships were around the burning Desh Vaibhav and salvage crews looking for the sailors. “It’s a serious blaze, but the rest of the ... Read More »

Drug smuggling attempt at Muscat airport foiled

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Muscat: Customs at Muscat International Airport seized psychotropic substances and narcotics tablets, the department announced. According to officials, the narcotics tablets consisted of large amounts of Clonazepam and Bromazepam tablets. A statement online by Oman Customs read, “Customs of Muscat International Airport thwarted the smuggling of Clonazepam and Bromazepam.” Read More »

Three boats seized in alcohol smuggling attempt

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Muscat: An attempt to smuggle alcohol in three boats in Northern Batinah was foiled by the Coast Guard Patrol, reported Royal Oman Police. According to an official source in the ROP, the boats, with four people onboard, were spotted near Al-Aqar in Wilayat Shinas. The Nothern Batinah Coast Guard also assisted three people, whose engine was destroyed near the port ... Read More »

Hard times for Oman’s Strait smugglers

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Khasab, Oman – Trade between this tip of the Arabian Peninsula and nearby Iran – lying only 50 kilometres across the Strait of Hormuz – goes back millennia, according to Marc Valeri, a political scientist and expert on the Gulf monarchies. In recent years, that trade has been illicit and conducted by smugglers, given the long-standing international sanctions on Iran. ... Read More »