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Sub-Committees for Emergency Management Activated

Sub-Committees for Emergency Management Activated Muscat, 25 Jul (ONA) --- The National Committee for Emergency Management announced today the activation of sub-committees in the Governorates of Muscat, North A’Sharqiyah, A’Dakhiliyah, A’Dhahirah, North Al Batinah, South Al Batinah, Al Buraimi and Musandam. The move aims to increase preparedness for all eventualities that can be caused by the expected tropical condition. Tomorrow (Tuesday) will see the start of the effects of the tropical condition on the Sultanate of Oman with columns of rainclouds predicted to ...

Meeting Moots UNESCO Candidacy for Two Omani Nature Reserves

Meeting Moots UNESCO Candidacy for Two Omani Nature Reserves Muscat, 25 Jul (ONA) --- Dr. Abdullah Ali Al Amri, Chairman of the Environment Authority, held a meeting today with German experts from the UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere (MAB) Programme, currently visiting the Sultanate of Oman. The meeting discussed the possibility of drafting files for nominating the Omani nature reserves of “Al Jabal Al Akhdar Sanctuary” and “Jabal Samhan Sanctuary” to the MAB programme. It reviewed various aspects of cooperation between the Sultanate of Oman and the UNESCO, ...

Medical Response Sector Ready to Handle Low Pressure Eventualities

Medical Response Sector Ready to Handle Low Pressure EventualitiesMuscat, 25 Jul (ONA) --- Officials at the medical response sector have affirmed the sector’s preparedness to handle public health incidents that might occur as a result of the low pressure which is due to make landfall in the Sultanate of Oman tomorrow and the day after (Tue. 26 July, Wed. 27 July). An action plan is in place to ensure the continuous operation of health establishments to address the situation in the impacted areas.Dr. Rashid Hamad Al Badi, Director of the Emergency Cases Centre, told Oman News Agency ...

RAO Participates in Oman-Britain Joint Drill “Apollo Cyber”

RAO Participates in Oman-Britain Joint Drill “Apollo Cyber” London, 25 Jul (ONA) --- The Royal Army of Oman (RAO), represented by a squadron from the “Al Sahra’a” or “The Desert” Regiment of the 23rd Infantry Brigade, with the support of the Sultan of Oman’s Artillery and the Sultan Armed Forces (SAF) Engineering Corps, took part in the joint Oman-Britain drill “Apollo Cyber”. The drill was run in the United Kingdom (UK) during the period from 20 June till 24 July 2022. The joint drill came within the framework of the joint military training plan regularly ...

Oman to Experience Low Pressure Impacts from Tomorrow

Oman to Experience Low Pressure Impacts from Tomorrow Muscat, 25 Jul (ONA)—The Civil Aviation Authority today sounded the alarm ahead of the low pressure expected to make landfall in the Sultanate of Oman tomorrow "Tuesday". Rain clouds already began overcasting Omani skies this morning, offering chances for sporadic rains ranging between 20ml and 100ml starting at the governorates of Muscat, North A’Sharqiyah and South A’Sharqiyah and extending to the governorates of North Al Batinah, South Al Batinah, Musandam, A'Dhahirah and Al Buraimi. Abdullah Saif Al Bousafi, ...

On Behalf of HM The Sultan, HH Sayyid Asa’ad Bids Farewell to Ambassador of Kuwait

On Behalf of HM The Sultan, HH Sayyid Asa’ad Bids Farewell to Ambassador of Kuwait Muscat, 25 Jul (ONA) --- On behalf of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik, HH Sayyid Asa’ad bin Tarik Al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Affairs, Personal Representative of His Majesty the Sultan received at his office today Dr. Sulaiman Abdullah Al Harbi, Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to the Sultanate of Oman to bid him farewell at the end of his tour of duty. The ambassador expressed his thanks to His Majesty the Sultan for the support extended to ...

Labour Ministry Holds First Familiarization Meet on Job Rotation

Labour Ministry Holds First Familiarization Meet on Job Rotation Muscat 25 Jul (ONA)—The Ministry of Labour today held the first meeting on the applications of the System of Job Rotation among government departments. The opening ceremony was held under the auspices of Sayyid Salim Musallam Al Busaidi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Labour for Human Resources Development. Shaikh Mohammed bin Al Waleed Al Hinai, Head of the central team tasked with the initiative, presented a visual display during which he spoke about reframing the State’s Administrative Apparatus, ...

More Than 301,000 Hours of Part-time Employment Announced

More Than 301,000 Hours of Part-time Employment AnnouncedMuscat, 24 Jul (ONA) --- The Ministry of Labour has announced the availability of 301,172 hours of part-time jobs as part of an initiative codenamed “A Million Hours of Employment” in government units.The opportunities are open for job aspirants with different qualifications: 175 for holders of Bachelor’s degree, 43 for holders of post General Education Diploma (GED), 35 for GED holders and 44 for any literate contestants.The Ministry will allow a period of two weeks for the competitors to register for the announced jobs. ...

President of Zanzibar Receives Oman’s Foreign Ministry Undersecretary

President of Zanzibar Receives Oman’s Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Zanzibar, 24 Jul (ONA) --- President Hussein Ali Mwinyi of Zanzibar received at his office today Mohammed Nasser Al Wahaibi, Undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry for Administrative and Financial Affairs. Al Wahaibi conveyed greetings of Sayyid Badr Hamad Al Busaidi, Foreign Minister, to President Mwinyi. He also handed the President of Zanzibar an invitation to visit the Sultanate of Oman. The meeting reviewed the bilateral relations between the two countries, as well as means of enhancing ...

RAFO Commander Receives Saudi Royal Air Force Commander

RAFO Commander Receives Saudi Royal Air Force Commander Muscat, 24 Jul (ONA) --- Air Vice Marshal Khamis Hammad Al Ghafri, Commander of the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) received in his office at Al Murtafa’a Garrison today Lt. Gen Turki Bandar Al Saud, Commander of the Royal Saudi Air Force. The two sides exchanged viewpoints and discussed a number of military matters that serve the air forces of the two countries. They also reviewed several matters of common interest. The meeting was attended by Senior RAFO officers and the Military Attaché at the Saudi embassy in ...

Royal Saudi Air Force Commander Visits MTC

Royal Saudi Air Force Commander Visits MTC Muscat, 24 Jul (ONA) --- Lt. Gen Turki Bandar Al Saud, Commander of the Royal Saudi Air Force today visited the Military Technological College (MTC). The guest was accompanied during the visit by Air Vice Marshal Khamis Hammad Al Ghafri, Commander of the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO), Chairman of the MTC Board of Directors. Upon his arrival at the college, the guest was received by the Acting Dean of the MTC. The guest was briefed on the college’s educational and service facilities, in addition to its general ...

Commander of Royal Saudi Air Force Visits MSC

Muscat, 24 Jul (ONA) --- Lt. Gen Turki Bandar Al Saud, Commander of the Royal Saudi Air Force and his accompanying delegation visited today the Maritime Security Centre (MSC). During the visit, the guest was accompanied by Air Vice Marshal Khamis Hammad Al Ghafri, Commander of the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO). Upon the guest's arrival, he was greeted by Rear Admiral Saif Nasser Al Rahbi, Commander of the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) and the Acting Head of the MSC. The guest toured the centre’s facilities and viewed its latest equipment and technologies. He was also briefed ...

Deputy PM for Defence Affairs Receives Commander of Royal Saudi Air Force

Deputy PM for Defence Affairs Receives Commander of Royal Saudi Air ForceMuscat, Jul 24 (ONA) --- HH Sayyid Shihab bin Tarik Al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for Defence Affairs received in his office at Al Murtafa’a Garrison today Lt. Gen Turki Bandar Al Saud, Commander of the Royal Saudi Air Force and his accompanying delegation.During the meeting, the two sides reviewed the relations between the two countries and exchanged viewpoints on matters of common interest.The meeting was attended by Air Vice Marshal Khamis Hammad Al Ghafri, Commander of the Royal Air Force of Oman ...

Depression Originating in India Predicated to Make Landfall in Oman Tuesday, Wednesday

Depression Originating in India Predicated to Make Landfall in Oman Tuesday, WednesdayMuscat, 24 Jul (ONA) --- The latest weather charts and analyses of the National Early Warning Centre indicate the probability that, on Tuesday and Wednesday this week (26-27 July 2022), the Sultanate of Oman will experience the impacts of a low pressure originating in India, with columns of rainclouds predicted to overcast local skies.Oman’s Meteorology Office reported that the northern parts of the country will undergo an elongated low pressure on Tuesday and Wednesday, noting that the depression ...

Diplomatic Affairs Undersecretary Receives UN Special Envoy to Yemen

Diplomatic Affairs Undersecretary Receives UN Special Envoy to Yemen Muscat, 21 Jul (ONA) --- Sheikh Khalifa Ali Al Harthy, Undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry for Diplomatic Affairs, received here today Hans Grundberg, UN Special Envoy to Yemen. The two sides reviewed efforts made to help Yemeni parties reach a political solution that achieves peace and stability for Yemen and the countries of the region. The meeting was attended by the delegation accompanying the guest and Foreign Ministry officials. --- Ends/Anas/Bishara ...

Holy Prophet Hijra Holiday on 31 July

Holy Prophet Hijra Holiday on 31 July Muscat, 21 Jul (ONA) --- Sunday, 31 July 2022 has been announced as an official holiday for employees of the public and private sectors on the occasion of the Holy Prophet’s Hijra Anniversary and the advent of the new Hijri year 1444 AH. This was stated in a ministerial decision issued by the Ministry of Labour reading as follows: “On the occasion of the Holy Prophet’s Hijra Anniversary and the new Hijri year 1444 AH, and as the first day of Muharram falls on the weekend, Sunday 31 July 2022 has been decided as ...

National Defence College Marks Passing Out of 9th Batch

National Defence College Marks Passing Out of 9th BatchMuscat, 21 Jul (ONA) --- The National Defence College, based at the Academy for Strategic and Defence Studies, today marked the passing out of its 9th batch. The ceremony was held under the auspices of Said Hamoud Al Ma’awali, Minister of Transport, Communications and Information Technology.The 9th batch, which began on 2 September 2021, brought together senior officers of the Sultan’s Armed Forces (SAF), the Royal Guards of Oman (RGO), the Royal Oman Police (ROP), military and security departments, as well as senior staff from ...

New Circular Regulates Working Hours at Primary Health Establishments

New Circular Regulates Working Hours at Primary Health EstablishmentsMuscat, 21 Jul (ONA) --- The Ministry of Health today issued a circular on organising working hours at establishments offering primary healthcare.The circular responds to the needs of needs of society, bearing in mind geographic and demographical aspects of local communities.In the meantime, programme of providing comprehensive health services will be gradually applied, it was reported. Right from the beginning of next week, the Ministry of Health will publish the names and locations of health establishments ...

Dhofar Municipality Chief Meets Reporters of Arab, Foreign News Agencies

Dhofar Municipality Chief Meets Reporters of Arab, Foreign News Agencies Salalah, 21 Jul (ONA) --- Dr. Ahmed Mohsin Al Ghassani, Chairman of Dhofar Municipality, held a meeting at Belad Bont Resort here today with a media delegation comprising reporters from Arab and foreign news agencies. The meeting took place within the context of a programme to showcase and promote the economic, investment and tourism projects in the Governorate of Dhofar.At the outset of the meeting, Al Ghassani valued the leading role of the news agencies in highlighting Oman’s national comprehensive ...

Association of Children with Disability, Kempinski Muscat Sign MoU

Association of Children with Disability, Kempinski Muscat Sign MoUMuscat, 21 Jul (ONA) --- A memorandum of understanding (MoU) in the field of social responsibility (as part of sustainability initiatives) was inked here today by the Association for the Welfare of Handicapped Children and hotel Kempinski Muscat.It was signed by Sayyid Hujaija Jaifer Al Said, Head of the Association for the Welfare of Handicapped Children and the General Manager of Kempinski Muscat, Karlsten Weygandt.Sayyid Hujaija said that the MoU deals with dedicating ballrooms at Kempinski Muscat to host the activities ...

Child Protection Committee in Muscat Studies Rate of Children’s Drowning Incidents

Child Protection Committee in Muscat Studies Rate of Children’s Drowning IncidentsMuscat, 20 Jul (ONA) --- The Ministry of Social Development, represented by the Child Protection Committee in Muscat studied children’s drowning incidents and noted the rising rate of their occurrence in the Sultanate of Oman during climatic conditions.This was the topic of the second meeting of the committee, chaired by Sayyida Ma’ani Abdullah Al Busaidi, Director General of Family Development at the ministry, who heads the committee.Citing the provisions of Royal Decree No. 22/2014, the ...

Staff and Command College Marks Passing Out of 35th Batch

Staff and Command College Marks Passing Out of 35th BatchMuscat, 20 Jul (ONA) --- The Staff and Command College (at the Academy for Strategic and Defense Studies) celebrated the passing out of its 35th batch.The ceremony, held at Bait Al Falaj Garrison, was held under the auspices of Abdussalam Mohammed Al Murshidi, Chairman of Oman Investment Authority (OIA).The batch comprised officers from the Ministry of Defence, the headquarters of the Sultan’s Armed Forces (SAF), the Royal Guards of Oman (RGO), SAF wings and other military and security departments. The batch also ...

Australian Delegation Visits Applied Sciences University

Australian Delegation Visits Applied Sciences University Muscat, 20 Jul (ONA) --- Dr. Said Hamad Al Rubai’e, Chairman of the University of Technology and Applied Sciences (UTAS), received Dr. David Templeman, Minister for Culture and the Arts; Sport and Recreation; International Education and Heritage of the Government of Western Australia, and his accompanying delegation. The two sides explored areas of cooperation in academic exchange, mutual student visits between universities in Western Australia and UTAS and the mechanism of exchanging expertise in technical ...

4,000 Patients Availed Services of Sultan Qaboos Cancer Care, Research Centre

Four Thousand Patients Availed Services of Sultan Qaboos Cancer Care Centre Muscat, 19 Jul (ONA) --- The Sultan Qaboos Comprehensive Cancer Care and Research Centre received and treated as many as 4,000 patients during the first year since its inception. The centre attended to 23,956 total visits to outpatient clinics and offered integrated medical consultancy to the patients in its outpatient clinics at the hands of nationals who master international expertise in treating cancer tumours. Since its opening in July 2021 to June 2022, the centre provided 3,619 radiotherapy sessions, ...

International Press Agencies Team Visits OQ Group, Raysut Industrial Estate in Dhofar

International Press Agencies Team Visits OQ Group, Raysut Industrial Estate in DhofarSalalah, 19 Jul (ONA) --- The media delegation comprising reporters from international news agencies, currently touring the Sultanate of Oman, visited Raysut Industrial Estate (Madayn) and OQ Group sites in the Governorate of Dhofar.The delegation listened to a briefing by Salim Ali Zaabanut, Acting Director General of Raysut Industrial Estate, about Madayn and the services that the industrial hub offers to investors.Zaabanut said that any investor from any part of the world can finalize business ...

Lithuanian President Receives Oman's Foreign Minister

Lithuanian President Receives Oman's Foreign Minister Vilnius, 19 Jul (ONA) --- President Gitanas Nausėda of the Republic of Lithuania received at the Presidential Palace here today Sayyid Badr Hamad Al Busaidi, Foreign Minister. During the meeting, Sayyid Badr conveyed greetings and best wishes of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik to President Nausėda and the people of Lithuania. On his turn, President Nausėda expressed his sincere sentiments to His Majesty the Sultan, wishing His Majesty good health and happiness. The Lithuanian President also wished the relations ...

Sub-Committees for Emergency Management Deactivated as Tropical Depression Recedes

Sub-Committees for Emergency Management Deactivated as Tropical Depression Recedes Muscat, 19 Jul (ONA) --- The National Committee for Emergency Management announced today the deactivation of sub-committees in the Governorates of Muscat, South A’Sharqiyah and North A’Sharqiyah as the tropical depression in the Arabian Sea weakened and receded. The committee increased the level of alert and preparedness last Sunday in some of the governorates, which were expected to be affected by the tropical depression. --- Ends/Anas/AH ...

Oman Participates in Meeting of Experts Group on Consumer Protection Law, Policy

Oman Participates in Meeting of Experts Group on Consumer Protection Law, Policy Geneva, 18 Jul (ONA) --- The Sultanate of Oman, represented by the Consumer Protection Authority, took part today in the 6th session of the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Consumer Protection Law and Policy. The session comes within the framework of the United Nations (UN) Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The session included several working papers on various topics, namely on continuous modifications to consumer protection laws all over the world and the experiences and ...

MSC Continues Holding Daily Meeting on Tropical Depression Developments

MSC Continues Addressing Developments of Tropical Depression Muscat, 18 Jul (ONA) --- The Maritime Security Centre (MSC) continues holding its daily meetings to review the latest developments regarding the tropical depression in the Arabian Sea and its effects on navigation and traffic in commercial and fishing ports. Those meetings also address means of activating the various roles and tasks of different military, security and civil units during the tropical depression. The MSC activated its Operations Chamber since the tropical depression’s preliminary indicators. ...

Omani Research Team Develops Smart Programme for Alzheimer Diagnosis

Omani Research Team Develops Smart Programme for Alzheimer DiagnosisMuscat, 18 Jul (ONA) --- Using artificial intelligence, an Omani research team has developed a programme to diagnose Alzheimer and determine its degree of severity.Researcher Salma Sulaiman Al Hinai said, “The team applied 4IR techniques to help patients who suffer from the disease, which leads to exacerbated nervous disorder and a waste-away (atrophy) and death of brain cells—the most common manifestations of dementia.”The research project has been funded by the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and ...