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HH Sayyid Shihab Inspects SAF Training Regiment

HH Sayyid Shihab Inspects SAF Training Regiment Muscat, 18 Jul (ONA) --- HH Sayyid Shihab bin Tarik Al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for Defence Affairs went in tour of the Sultan’s Armed Forces (SAF) Training Regiment. HH Sayyid Shihab was greeted upon his arrival at the regiment’s headquarters by Maj.Gen Mattar Salim Al Balushi, Commander of the Royal Army of Oman (RAO) and Brigadier Said Zaid Al Habsi, Commandant of the RAO Academy. HH Sayyid Shihab was briefed on the march of modernization witnessed by the regiment and its equipment, as well as the military training ...

Shabab Oman II Leaves Port of Harlingen En Route to Port Amsterdam

Shabab Oman II Leaves Port of Harlingen En Route to Port Amsterdam Amsterdam, 18 Jul (ONA)—During its sixth international voyage themed “Oman, Land of Peace”, the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO)’s vessel Shabab Oman II left the Port of Harlingen in the Netherlands on its way to the kingdom’s capital Port of Amsterdam. The vessel capped up the first leg of its tour by winning the “Best Long-Haul Sail Ship Award 2022”. Shabab Oman II strives to deliver a message of friendship and fraternity between Oman and different countries of the world. While on the go, the vessel ...

ROP Deploys Patrols Along Road Leading to Dhofar

ROP Deploys Patrols Along Road Leading to Dhofar Muscat, 18 Jul (ONA)—The Royal Oman Police (ROP) has set up checkpoints along the road leading to Dhofar Governorate and deployed patrols to lend support to road users during the—now peaking—monsoon season. The ROP also offers airborne ambulance service for emergency cases, a timely measure during accidents whose victims require to be airlifted to hospital. The ROP advises all visitors to Dhofar Governorate to abide by laws and traffic systems regulating speed and safety procedures. The drivers are in particular alerted to ...

Consumer Protection Authority Unveils Empowerment Initiative

Consumer Protection Authority Unveils Empowerment InitiativeMuscat, 17 Jul (ONA) --- The Consumer Protection Authority (CPA) has launched an initiative titled “Indicators of Consumer Empowerment in the Sultanate of Oman”. The initiative, the first of its kind in Oman, aims to make consumers aware of their rights and obligations.The initiative explores various aspects, like consumption practices, the measurement of consumer interaction, the extent to which consumers share experiences, related problems and troubleshooting and the efforts of the CPA to upgrade the services it offers ...

Higher Education Ministry Announces Start of Admission to Manafaa Programme

Higher Education Ministry Announces Start of Admission to Manafaa ProgrammeMuscat, 17 Jul (ONA) --- Oman Animal and Plant Genetic Resources Centre (Mawarid)—affiliated to the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation—has declared open the registration of applicants wishing to contest the annual innovative challenge programme (Manafaa). The programme, being organized for the fifth year in a row, runs till 22 December 2022.The programme seeks to encourage innovation in addressing challenges such as air pollution and climate change. It focuses on artificial ...

Heritage Ministry Succeeds in Detecting Meteorites Between January and April

Heritage Ministry Succeeds in Detecting Meteorites Between January and AprilMuscat, 17 Jul (ONA)—After installing meteorite detection devices in key areas around the Sultanate of Oman, the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism succeeded in documenting a number of meteorites over the first four months of this year (2022).This consummates the Ministry’s efforts to inventory and protect meteorites that fall on Omani lands.The meteorites detection project was realized in cooperation with the Natural History Museum of Berne, Switzerland, and Curtin University of Australia. It documented specimens ...

Main Water Pipeline Feeding Sur City Obstructed

Main Water Pipeline Feeding Sur City Obstructed Muscat, 17 Jul (ONA)—Oman Water and Wastewater Services Company (Haya) has reported malfunctions in the main pipeline feeding Sur City and called for the rationalisation of water consumption. The company pointed out that shortage in water supplies is expected to occur in the areas served by the pipeline (Sur Assahil, Al Aija, Al Murtafa, Al Shar’ya, Al Shaabiya and Bilad Sur). Haya affirmed that operation and maintenance teams are embarked on repair works, despite adverse weather conditions. Ends/Bishara/AH ...

Tropical Depression Changes Course into Arabian Sea

Tropical Depression Changes Course into Arabian Sea Muscat, 17 Jul (ONA)—Readings of the latest weather charts and numeric predictions of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) point to the fact that the tropical depression forming in the Arabian Sea is changing course and heading northwest towards the Sea of Oman. The precipitation is expected to make landfall over the next two days as it gradually dissipates near the Pakistan-Iran coastline. CAA Meteorological Specialist Younis Hussain Al Shizawi told Oman News Agency (ONA) that Oman is scheduled to experience varying degrees ...

Emergency Management Sub-Committees Hold Extraordinary Meeting

Emergency Management Sub-Committees Hold Extraordinary Meeting Muscat, 17 Jul (ONA) --- The sub-committees of emergency management in governorates that are expected to be affected by the tropical depression in the Arabian Sea held their extraordinary meeting today. The meeting, headed by Royal Oman Police (ROP) directors in those governorates, comes within the framework of measurements taken to deal with the expected impact of the tropical depression. The sub-committees reviewed the preparedness of all sectors and activate the state of alert to alleviate the expected impact. ...

RAO, Heritage, Tourism Ministry Sign Agreement on Adventure Tourism at Al Jabal Al Akhdar

RAO, Heritage, Tourism Ministry Sign Agreement on Adventure Tourism at Al Jabal Al AkhdarAl Jabal Al Akhdar, 14 Jul (ONA) --- The Ministry of Defence, represented by the Royal Army of Oman (RAO), and the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism signed an agreement on training in the field of adventure tourism at Al Jabal Al Akhdar “The Green Mountain”.The agreement was signed at the Combat Training Centre in the Wilayat of Al Jabal Al Akhdar, Governorate of A’Dakhiliyah. It was inked by Brig. Abdullah Mohammed Al Badi, Director General of Training and Inspection at the RAO Command, and ...

At the Behest of HM The Sultan, Shura Council Concludes 3rd Annual Sitting

At the Behest of HM The Sultan, Shura Council Concludes 3rd Annual SittingMuscat, 13 Jul (ONA) --- Upon the orders of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik, Shura Council will end the 3rd Annual Sitting (2021-2022) of the 9th Term (2019-2023) tomorrow (Thursday), 14 July 2022.The directives stem from the provisions of Article (38) of Council of Oman Law (7/2021), which provides that “The Council of Oman shall have an annual sitting of not less than 8 months a year and convenes at the invitation of His Majesty the Sultan during November every year”, while Article (14) states that ...

Legal Action to Be Taken Against Flood Risk Takers

Legal Action to Be Taken Against Flood Risk TakersMuscat, 13 Jul (ONA) --- The Civil Defence and Ambulance Authority has affirmed that legal action will be taken against any person who takes a risk or endangers the life of other people, either by jumping or swimming into flood waters or crossing wadis during floods or standing or parking on steep slopes or cliffs.Search and rescue teams of the Royal Oman Police (ROP) are still looking for four people who went missing in the Governorate of Dhofar during the recent climatic condition.Brig. Mohammed Nasser Al Kindi, Director General of ...

Oman, Germany Foster Ties in Many Areas

Oman, Germany Foster Ties in Many Areas Muscat, 13 Jul (ONA)—The Sultanate of Oman and the Federal Republic of Germany established diplomatic relations 50 years ago, and their cooperation covered a wide range of areas. During his official visit to Germany, His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik will hold a round of official talks with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. The meeting will enhance existing cooperation and maximize exchanged benefits in economic, scientific, technical and technological spheres. External trade statistics show that the volume of commercial exchange ...

TRA Issues Contingency Management Plan

Muscat, 13 Jul (ONA) ---- The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), has issued Decision No. 107 setting out regulations for the management of emergency cases.The guide deals with the obligations of Segment 1 and Segment 2 personnel tasked with handling contingencies. It helps achieve quick response and maintain the sustainability of basic communications in emergency conditions. It also provides for integration among the departments concerned to realize the unification of efforts and the restoration of services in the shortest possible time.The guide also deals with the supply ...

Diplomatic Affairs Undersecretary Confers with UN Secretary General

New York, 13 Jul (ONA)—Sheikh Khalifa Ali Al Harthy, Diplomatic Affairs Undersecretary at the Foreign Ministry, held a meeting with Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), on the sidelines of the political ministerial forum on sustainable development that kicked off here today.   The meeting touched on key regional and international issues. Guterres lauded Oman’s leading role in enhancing regional security and stability. He expressed gratitude to the Omani government for its constant cooperation with the UN, notably on the Yemeni cause. --- ...

Oman Marks First Day of Eid Al Adha

Oman Marks First Day of Eid Al AdhaMuscat, 9 Jul (ONA)—The Sultanate of Oman today celebrated the first day of Eid Al Adha 1443 AH.Meanwhile, HH Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmood Al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers performed Eid prayers at Al Khor Mosque in Muscat today.Along with HH Sayyid Fahd, the Eid prayers were attended by Royal Family members, ministers, undersecretaries, advisers and other top officials.The prayers were led by Shaikh Dr. Kahlan bin Nabhan Al Kharousi, Assistant Grand Mufti of the Sultanate of Oman.The Eid sermon dealt with the virtues of the first ten ...

CAA Issues Weather Alert for Saturday, Sunday

CAA Issues Weather Alert for Saturday, SundayMuscat, 8 Jul (ONA) —- The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has issued weather alert No. (3) for tomorrow Saturday and this Sunday (9 and 10 July 2022).Due to heavy thundershowers expected during Eid Al Adha which in some areas may range from 20 to 80 millimeters within a period of 24 hours, the CAA alerts all to take precautions during thunderstorms and to stay away from low laying areas. In addition, the CAA also advises all to avoid crossing wadis and avoid venturing into the sea during the aforementioned period.As for tomorrow (Saturday), the ...

Impacts of Current Weather Condition in Oman to Continue Till Next Week

Muscat, 7 Jul (ONA)—The Wilayat of Al Hamra in A’Dakhiliyah Governorate registered the largest volume of rainfall (90mm) from the current deep depression that formed in India, according to the readings of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources’ station in the wilayat.Abdullah Rashid Al Khadhouri from the Directorate General of Meteorology, said that Oman continues to undergo the impacts of the precipitation, with intermittent heavy rains and strong winds reported today in different governorates, including Al Wusta and parts of Dhofar.Al Khadhouri added that the ...

Foreign Minister Receives Iranian Official

Foreign Minister Receives Iranian Official Muscat, 7 Jul (ONA) --- Sayyid Badr Hamad Al Busaidi, Foreign Minister, received here today Ali Bagheri, Deputy Minister for Political Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Chief Negotiator in Iran’s nuclear file. The two sides reviewed relations of cooperation between Oman and Iran. They also discussed several regional and international matters of common interest, particularly the developments regarding the return to the nuclear deal “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – JCPOA”. The meeting stressed the importance of this ...

Ministry Calls for Adherence to Health Instructions

Muscat, 7 July (ONA)—The Ministry of Health urged citizens and residents to stick to health instructions during Eid Al Adha holidays in order to protect themselves and their communities from coronavirus.In a statement issued today, the ministry laid emphasis on the following procedures:1. Implementing health and hygiene requsites when organising social events and during prayer times.2. Observing healthy habits when sneezing or coughing. People who suffer pulmonary diseases are advised not to attend congregational prayers or exchange social visits or join family gatherings.3. ...

Strategic Exercise “Decision Making-9” Concludes

Strategic Exercise “Decision Making-9” Concludes Muscat, 7 Jul (ONA) --- Activities of the annual strategic exercise “Decision Making-9” concluded at the National Defence College (NDC) today. The concluding event was held under the patronage of Dr. Mohammed Nasser Al Za’abi, Secretary General at the Ministry of Defence. The exercise was carried out by the NDC ninth batch from various military, security and civil units. The exercise aimed to enhance the participants’ decision making on the strategic level, analysing the main strategic topics within ...

Rate of Employment, Expat Replacement Stands at 66% During First Half of 2022

Muscat, 7 Jul (ONA)—The Ministry of Labour has unveiled indicators of employment and replacement of expatriates with Omani workers during the first half of this year (2022). Its records show that 23,271 Omanis received jobs, out of this year’s target number of 35,000. In a breakdown, the Ministry explained that 17,255 Omani jobseekers were employed directly, while another 6,016 jobseekers received their jobs after completing training programmes. The ministry affirmed keenness to absorbe the largest possible number of Omani youth seeking employment. —- Ends/Bishara/AH ...

CAA Issues Weather Alert on Heavy Thundershowers

CAA Issues Weather Alert on Heavy Thundershowers Muscat, 6 Jul (ONA) --- Due to the heavy thundershowers expected from tomorrow (Thursday) till Saturday (from 7 to 9 July 2022) which in some areas may range from 20 to 80 millimeters within a period of 24 hours, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) alerts all to take precautions during thunderstorms, avoid crossing wadis and low laying areas, and avoid venturing into the sea during the aforementioned period. The weather alert covers the governorates of Muscat, North A’Sharqiyah, South A’Sharqiyah, A’Dakhiliyah, North Al ...

Foreign Minister Receives Deputy Prime Minister of Jordan

Foreign Minister Receives Deputy Prime Minister of JordanAmman, 6 Jul (ONA) --- Sayyid Badr Hamad Al Busaidi, Foreign Minister met here today with Ayman Al Safadi, Jordanian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates.The two sides reviewed the existing relations and cooperation between Oman and Jordan in various areas, particularly the economic, cultural and investment fields. They also reiterated the keenness of the two countries’ leaderships in boosting cooperation to serve the interests of the two countries’ peoples.The two sides also exchanged views ...

Students Invent New Vehicle Safety System

Students Invent New Vehicle Safety SystemMuscat, 6 Jul (ONA) --- Students from National College of Automotive Technology have invented a prototype vehicle safety system comprising an air pressure built-in socket enabled to control tyre and engine operation when a safety issue arises.A student from the 4-member team, Mohammed Habib Al Ajmi, told Oman News Agency (ONA) that an electronic simulator is fitted underneath the vehicle to prevent its collision in certain circumstances.Al Ajmi added that another advantage of the model is the fact that its safety system automatically stops the ...

Omani Women’s Association in Muttrah Unveiled

Muscat, 6 Jul (ONA)--- The Ministry of Social Development has issued a decision announcing the Omani Women’s Association (OWA) in the Wilayat of Muttrah. The OWA seeks to enhance the role of women in activating social development, upgrading women’s status and empowering women to spread health and social awareness and develop leadership skills. As many as 60 OWAs, and six branches of the same, operate in different governorates of the Sultanate of Oman. Ends/Bishara/AH ...

HM The Sultan Sends Written Message to Jordanian Monarch

HM The Sultan Sends Written Message to Jordanian Monarch Amman, 6 Jul (ONA) --- His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik has sent a written message to King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, dealing with the bilateral relations between the two countries and means of enhancing them. The written message was handed over by Sayyid Badr Hamad Al Busaidi, Foreign Minister, when he was received at Al Husseiniya Palace today by Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein, Deputy to the King. The meeting was attended by Ayman Al Safadi, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign ...

Labour Ministry Conducts Tests for Job Applicants in Dhofar

Labour Ministry Conducts Tests for Job Applicants in DhofarSalalah, 6 Jul (ONA) --- The Ministry of Labour has organized tests at the Technical College to fill job vacancies in government establishments in the Governorate of Dhofar.During the two-day tests, the applicants will compete to occupy 21 jobs under temporary contracts. The vacancies are available in government units of the Ministry of Labour, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning and the Ministry of Social Development (in Dhofar).The tests are conducted under the Youth Employment Initiative “Sahim”, which seeks ...

Steam Oman, School Sports Association Get a Fillip

Steam Oman, School Sports Association Get a Fillip Muscat, 6 Jul (ONA)—The Ministry of Education has signed two agreements with OQ Group, the first one to boost Oman School Sport Association and the second to sponsor Steam Oman initiative in its quest to teach science, technology, engineering and Maths in an innovative manner. The first agreement provides a year-long support for Oman School Sports Association with a view to enhancing sports activities in schools by necessary requirements for schools in different governorates so that they could accommodate sports as part of ...

Meeting Explores Green Alliance Initiative with Private Sector

Meeting Explores Green Alliance Initiative with Private Sector Muscat, 5 Jul (ONA) --- The Environment Authority (EA) today held a meeting with a number of companies to discuss the Green Alliance Initiative which comes within the framework of the national initiative for planting 10 million trees. The meeting, chaired by Dr. Abdullah Ali Amri, Chairman of the EA, discussed the action plan of those companies which are undertaking the initiative, whether those companies operate in Oman or have local investments. The Green Alliance Initiative aims to strike agreements between ...