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Salalah Autism Center Opened

Salalah Autism Center Opened Salalah, 24 Apr (ONA) --- Al Wafa Centre for the Rehabilitation of People with Disabilities today celebrated the opening of a building for the autism unit (Salalah Autism Centre). The ceremony was held under the auspices of Dr. Laila Ahmed Al Najjar, Minister of Social Development. The opening included a visual presentation by OQ Salalah, which funded the project as part of its efforts to strengthen its partnership with the Ministry of Social Development. The project also promotes the company’s community support initiatives aimed at empowering autistic ...

OQ Innovation Lab Opened at Vocational College in Salalah

OQ Innovation Lab Opened at Vocational College in Salalah Salalah, 23 Apr (ONA) --- OQ Innovation Laboratory, which is equipped with the latest technologies in the field of artificial intelligence and modern technologies, was opened today at the Vocational College in Salalah.The college is an affiliate of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation. The lab is funded by OQ Salalah company. The opening ceremony was held under the auspices of HH Sayyid Marwan Turki Al Said, Governor of Dhofar, and attended by Dr. Rahma Ibrahim Al Mahrouqi, Minister of Higher ...

Reverse Osmosis Plant Inaugurated in Shaleem and Al Halaniyat Islands in Dhofar

Reverse Osmosis Plant Inaugurated in Shaleem and Al Halaniyat Islands in DhofarShaleem and Al Halaniyat Islands, 5 Mar (ONA) --- The Wilayat of Shaleem and Al Halaniyat Islands in the Governorate of Dhofar today celebrated the opening of Reverse Osmosis Plant designed to deliver 1,500 cubic metres per day. The opening ceremony was held under the auspices of HH Sayyid Marwan Turki Al Said, Governor of Dhofar. The plant will contribute to the development of the wilayat by covering the needs of residential neighborhoods of Hoqqa, Zakher, Ajarit and adjoining areas. The station will ...

Specialists at Razat Farm Discover New Species of Banana

Specialists at Razat Farm Discover New Species of Banana Salalah, 4 Mar (ONA) --- Specialists running Razat Farm in Salalah succeeded in discovering a new species of banana after observing the organism’s natural growth as a result of spontaneous mutation. The genetic mutation was the outcome of regeneration that took place in a banana field containing Williams variety [AAA], a sub-group of the Cavendish group. The farm is affiliated to the Royal Court Affairs. The process began through the selection of some small seedlings of this new variety in 2015. Its cultivation ...

Three Projects Worth RO 23.4m Inaugurated in Salalah Free Zone

Three Projects Worth RO 23.4m Inaugurated in Salalah Free Zone Salalah, 4 Feb (ONA) --- In an inauguration ceremony held today, three new plants kicked off operations at Salalah Free Zone (SFZ), adding RO 23.4 million to the existing investments and businesses hosted by the free zone. Under the patronage of Dr. Mahad Said Baowain, Minister of Labour, the inauguration ceremony was attended by Dr. Ali Masoud Al Sunaidy, Chairman of the Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones (OPAZ) and a host of officials. Salalah Free Zone – operated by Asyad Group – ...

Dhofar Municipal Council Meeting Discusses Proposals to Expand Infrastructure

Dhofar Municipal Council Meeting Discusses Proposals to Expand Infrastructure Salalah, 25 Jan (ONA) --- The Municipal Council of Dhofar Governorate today held a meeting under the auspices of HH Sayyid Marwan Turki Al Said, Governor of Dhofar, Chairman of the Municipal Council. The meeting discussed matters related to the development of services and municipal tasks in the various wilayats of the governorate and approved the minutes and recommendations of the Council’s 7th meeting. The meeting looked into the Health and Environmental Affairs Committee’s about proposals to ...

Workshop on Comprehensive Strategy in Dhofar Kicks off

Workshop on Comprehensive Strategy in Dhofar Kicks off Salalah, 21 Jan (ONA) --- A workshop on the comprehensive strategy and the strategy of communication and identity in the Governorate of Dhofar kicked off today. The four-day workshop discusses means of boosting economic, tourism, logistics and food security resources in a bid to achieve sustainability. The event, held in Sultan Qaboos Youth Complex for Culture and Entertainment, also highlights the sectors of mining and renewable energy. HH Sayyid Marwan Turki Al Said, Governor of Dhofar said that the main goal of ...

Over 117K Visitors to Archeological Sites in Dhofar During 2023

Over 117K Visitors to Archeological Sites in Dhofar During 2023 Salalah, 3 Jan (ONA) --- The number of visitors to the Land of Frankincense sites in the Governorate of Dhofar in 2023 stood at 107,268 visitors. Meanwhile, the number of visitors to Taqah Castle and Mirbat Castle stood at 10,288. Rowas Hafeedh Al Rowas, Assistant Director General for Heritage and Tourism in Dhofar said that visitors to Al Baleed Archeological Park and the Museum of the Frankincense Land during 2023 stood at 61,974, while the visitors of the Samahram Archeological Site stood at 32,694. Moreover, ...

Forum Brings Together Seafaring Committees in Dhofar Governorate

Forum Brings Together Seafaring Committees in Dhofar GovernorateSalalah, 19 Dec (ONA) --- The General Directorate of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources in Dhofar Governorate today organized a forum for members of Seafaring Committees in the governorate.The event was held under the auspices of Eng. Yaqoub Khalfan Al Busaidi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources for Fisheries.The committees, tasked with regulating the activities of fishing, were formed in various wilayats in the Sultanate of Oman more than 20 years ago.The forum saw the ...

11th Infantry Brigade, Firaq Forces Mark SAF Day

11th Infantry Brigade, Firaq Forces Mark SAF Day Thumrait, 11 Dec (ONA) ---- The 11th Infantry Brigade and the Firaq Forces at the Royal Army of Oman (RAO) marked today the Sultan’s Armed Forces (SAF) Day, which falls on 11 December every year. A ceremony to celebrate this occasion was held at the military parade ground of the Firaq Forces Command in the Governorate of Dhofar under the patronage of HH Sayyid Marwan Turki Al Said, Governor of Dhofar. During the ceremony, the chief guest pinned long-service and good conduct medals on some officers and personnel of the ...

Cruise Ship Anchors in Port of Salalah

Cruise Ship Anchors in Port of Salalah Salalah, 10 Dec (ONA) --- The Port of Salalah today received a cruise ship with 4,564 passengers on its board, including 2,998 tourists, as a part of its tourism programme.The tourist programme of the ship, which arrived from Greece, included tours to tourist attractions and historical sites renowned in the Governorate of Dhofar, besides visiting beaches and traditional bazaars in Salalah.The Sultanate of Oman annually witnesses visits of many cruise ships, thanks to its sea location overlooking the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea and the Sea of ...

Port of Salalah Receives a Cruise Ship

Port of Salalah Receives a Cruise ShipSalalah, 4 Dec (ONA) --- The Port of Salalah today received a cruise ship with 3,963 passengers, including 2,956 tourists, as a part of its tourism program for a number of ports of the world.The tourist programme of the ship, which arrived from the Republic of Cyprus and will head to Port Sultan Qaboos in Muscat Governorate, included tours to tourist attractions and historical sites renowned in the Governorate of Dhofar, besides visiting beaches and traditional bazaars in Salalah.The Sultanate of Oman annually witnesses visits of many cruise ...

Frankincense Season Programme to Begin on 2 July in Dhofar Governorate

Frankincense Season Programme to Begin on 2 July in Dhofar GovernorateSalalah, 29 Nov (ONA) --- The Ministry of Heritage and Tourism will organize the second edition of the frankincense season programme at various sites in the Governorate of Dhofar during the period from 2-9 December 2023.The week-long programme will be hosted by three frankincense sites: Al Baleed and Sumharam archaeological parks and the Wadi Doka Natural Reserve.Khalid Abdullah Al Abri, Director General of Heritage and Tourism in Dhofar Governorate, told Oman News Agency (ONA) that the activities of ...

Dhofar Monsoon Season Attracts 962,000 Visitors, Generates RO 103m Spending

Dhofar Monsoon Season Attracts 962,000 Visitors, Generates RO 103m SpendingMuscat, 19 Nov (ONA) --- The number of visitors to the 2023 Dhofar Khareef (monsoon) season stood at about 962,000, compared to 813,000, an increase of 18.4 percent over statistics of the corresponding period in 2022.Data issued by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) indicated that spending during Dhofar Khareef this year (2023) stood at RO 103 million, compared to RO 86 million in 2022 season.The duration of visitors’ stay (total occupancy) during Dhofar Khareef season in 2023 surged ...

OQ Forum on ICV Opens in Dhofar

OQ Forum on ICV Opens in Dhofar Salalah, 16 Nov (ONA) --- OQ Forum on In-Country Value (ICV) was opened in Dhofar Governorate today under the patronage of Dr. Ahmed Mohsen Al Ghassani, Chairman of Dhofar Municipality. The forum is organized by OQ Group in cooperation with the Authority of Small and Medium Enterprises Development (ASMED). The forum is held as part of the Group’s efforts to expand the base of beneficiaries of contracts, purchases and tenders it offers across all its sectors and companies. Ahmed Said Al Barami, Vice President for Finance and Procurement ...

Salalah Port Receives Two Cruise Ships

Salalah Port Receives Two Cruise Ships Salalah, 15 Nov (ONA) --- Salalah Port today received two cruise ships with 5,934 passengers on their board, including 4,359 tourists. The cruise ships have a tourist programme to visit many ports around the world. The tourist programmes of the two cruise ships which arrived from Cyprus and Egypt included tours to tourist attractions and archaeological sites renowned in the Governorate of Dhofar, besides visiting beaches and traditional bazaars in the Wilayat of Salalah. The Sultanate of Oman annually witnesses visits of many cruise ...

Two Cruise Ships Anchor in Salalah Port

Two Cruise Ships Anchor in Salalah Port Salalah, 25 Oct (ONA) --- Salalah Port today received two cruise ships with 5,189 passengers on their board, including 2,514 tourists. The cruise ships have tourist programmes to visit many ports around the world. The tourist programmes of the two cruise ships which arrived from Egypt included tours to tourist attractions and archaeological sites renowned in the Governorate of Dhofar, besides visiting beaches and traditional bazaars in the Wilayat of Salalah. The Sultanate of Oman annually witnesses visits of many cruise ships, due to ...

RFAO Airlifts Hallaniyat Residents Back Home After Tej

RFAO Airlifts Hallaniyat Residents Back Home After TejSalalah, 25 Oct (ONA) --- The Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) today operated a number of flights to return the residents of Al Halaniyat Islands to their homes after an evacuation mission that took place prior to Tej tropical condition in Dhofar Governorate.The mission formed part of efforts to restore normalcy to the island and reflected the preparedness of RAFO to deal with such adverse weather conditions, said Air Commodore Malik Yahya Al Nu’omani, Commandant of Salalah Air Base.RAFO had operated six sorties to lift 354 ...

All Roads Declared Reopened in Dhofar

All Roads Declared Reopened in Dhofar Salalah, 25 Oct (ONA) --- The Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology, represented by the Directorate General for Roads and Land Transport in the Governorate of Dhofar, today announced the reopening of all roads which were damaged during the tropical condition “Tej”. Eng. Omar Ahmed Muflih, Director General of Maintenance told Oman News Agency (ONA) that technical field teams of the directorate worked in cooperation with companies of the private sector to reopen the Diam-Sarfeet road. He added that the ...

Cruise Ship “AIDAbella” Anchors in Salalah Port

Cruise Ship “AIDAbella” Anchors in Salalah Port Salalah, 25 Oct (ONA) --- Salalah Port today received the cruise ship “AIDAbella” with 2,610 passengers on its board, including 1,976 tourists. The cruise ship has a tourist programme to visit many ports around the world. The tourist programme of the cruise ship included tours to tourist attractions and archaeological sites renowned in the Governorate of Dhofar, besides visiting beaches and traditional bazaars in the Wilayat of Salalah. The Sultanate of Oman annually witnesses visits of many cruise ships, due to ...

Most Roads Affected by Tej in Dhofar Declared Opened

Most Roads Affected by Tej in Dhofar Declared OpenedSalalah, 24 Oct (ONA) --- Eng. Said Mohammed Tabuk, Director General of Roads and Land Transport in Dhofar Governorate, affirmed the reopening of most of the roads in the governorate that were affected by the tropical condition Tej. An exception was Argut-Ashikhart Road, which was kept closed lest it might develop debris due to persistent rains.Tabuk told Oman News Agency (ONA) that the teams of the Directorate General of Roads and Land Transport in Dhofar carried out the restoration operations in cooperation with private sector ...

Work Underway to Restore Some Affected Basic Services in Dhofar

Work Underway to Restore Some Affected Basic Services in Dhofar Salalah, 24 Oct (ONA) --- The Basic Services Sector is working on restoring some services in some of the Wilayat in the Governorate of Dhofar which were affected by the tropical condition “Tej”. Eng. Abdullah Mubarek Al Hashimi, Coordinator of the Basic Services Sector told Oman News Agency (ONA) that field response teams in the sector worked on restoring several affected services in Dhofar, such as reopening the Hadbeen-Hasik road in the Wilayat of Sadah after removing debris. He added that electricity ...

Support Medical Teams Continue Providing Services in Dhofar

Support Medical Teams Continue Providing Services in Dhofar Salalah, 24 Oct (ONA) --- Support medical teams in the Governorate of Dhofar continue providing medical services. The Ministry of Health activated the centre for emergency management in the Governorate of Dhofar in line with the measures undertaken to alleviate the effects of the tropical condition Tej. --- Ends/Anas ...

SAF Medical Services Establishes Field Hospital in Dhofar

SAF Medical Services Establishes Field Hospital in DhofarSalalah, 23 Oct (ONA) --- The Medical Services division of the Sultan's Armed Forces (SAF) provided the medical sector in the Governorate of Dhofar with a field hospital ahead of Tej, the tropical condition making landfall in the Sultanate of Oman.The hospital will operate in accordance with the plan set by the National Committee for Emergency Management, as well as instructions issued by the main military committee tasked with addressing emergency situations. ---Ends/Bishara/Anas ...

Defence Ministry’s Engineering Services Lends Support to Dhofar Ahead of Tej Landfall

Defence Ministry’s Engineering Services Lends Support to Dhofar Ahead of Tej LandfallSalalah, 23 Oct (ONA) --- The Defence Ministry’s Engineering Services deployed a force to lend technical and engineering support to Dhofar Governorate due to the tropical condition “Tej”.The force is acting in coordination with the National Committee for Emergency Management (NCEM) to help determine the necessary preparations and measures to deal with the tropical condition.The force will operate alongside other wings of the Sultan’s Armed Forces (SAF), government units and other sectors to ...

Military Subcommittee for Emergency Management Continues Holding Meetings

Military Subcommittee for Emergency Management Continues Holding Meetings Dhofar, 23 Oct (ONA) --- The Military Subcommittee for Emergency Management continues holding its meetings in the Governorate of Dhofar. Today, the subcommittee held a meeting under the chairmanship of Brigadier Abdulkadim Ibrahim Al Ajmi, Commander of Infantry Brigade (11) of the Royal Army of Oman (RAO). During this meeting, the developments of the tropical cyclone were highlighted. The meeting also reviewed procedures undertaken by the Sultan’s Armed Forces (SAF) to handle the situation ...

Over 924K Visitors to Khareef Dhofar by End of August 2023

Over 924K Visitors to Khareef Dhofar by End of August 2023 Dhofar, 20 Sep (ONA) --- The number of visitors to Khareef Dhofar season (monsoon) since the beginning of the season till 31 August 2023 reached 924,127 visitors, up by 17% compared to the corresponding period in 2022 when the number stood at 792,980, according to the data issued by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI). The data indicate that the number of Omani visitors increased by 16.4% to reach 656,119. GCC visitors reached 156,953 compared to 134,309 during the same period in 2022. ...

Labour Ministry Organizes Forum on Management of Strategic Projects

Labour Ministry Organizes Forum on Management of Strategic ProjectsSalalah, 12 Sep (ONA) --- The “Role of human resources in supporting the management of strategic projects within the concept of good governance” was the theme of a forum organized today by the Ministry of Labour.The forum discussed ways to benefit from international experiences in the field of project management and good governance.Organized in cooperation with “References for Conferences and Seminars” centre in Salalah, the two-day forum elaborated on theoretical structures, legal and regulatory frameworks, ...

Workshop Elaborates on Programme about AI Future, its Impact on Society

Workshop Elaborates on Programme about AI Future, its Impact on SocietySalalah, 5 Sep (ONA) --- The Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology today held a workshop on the programme titled “Future of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its Impact on Our Society”.The workshop was organized in conjunction with the Office of the Governor of Dhofar at the Sultan Qaboos Youth Complex for Culture and Entertainment in Salalah.The programme aims at exploring the developments of AI, the challenges and opportunities it can provide to society and the economy, society’s ...

Second International Forum on Frankincense Opens in Salalah

Second International Forum on Frankincense Opens in Salalah Salalah, 3 Sep (ONA) --- Activities of the 2nd International Forum on Frankincense “Luban” was opened in Salalah today under the slogan “In order to advance the development of phytotherapy”. As many as 45 researchers and academics in botany from the Sultanate of Oman and abroad took part in the forum. Hosted by Dhofar University, the forum was opened under the patronage of Dr. Saud Hamoud Al Habsi, Minister of Agricultural, Fisheries and Water Resources. The forum aims to underline the importance of ...