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Oman, UK Reviews Economic Relations

Oman, UK Reviews Economic Relations Muscat, 5 Jul (ONA) --- Sayyid Badr Hamad Al Busaidi, Foreign Minister received at the general diwan of the Foreign Ministry today Lord Gerry Grimstone, British Minister of Investment. The meeting discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and means of enhancing them in various areas. The two sides stressed their keenness to encourage and promote economic and investment partnership, following the investment agreement signed between the two countries last January. The meeting was attended by several officials from both ...

Eid Habta a Popular Business Stravaganza

Muscat, 5 Jul (ONA)—In the run-up to Eid Al Adha and, upon the advent of the Dhul-Hijjah 10-day socio-spiritual festivity climaxing on Eid Al Adha celebration, Omanis flock to Habta, the traditional souqs or daylight market places peculiar to their respective governorates. The authorities have designated large areas, typical adjacent to castles, forts or other historical sites that portray various manifestations of delight. There, many traders generate economic revenue from the seasonal shopping. The Habta constitutes a timely opportunity for livestock breeders, who turn out in ...

HM The Sultan Sends Written Message to King of KSA

HM The Sultan Sends Written Message to King of KSA Riyadh, 5 Jul (ONA) --- His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik has sent a written message to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). The message deals with the relations binding the two countries and their peoples. The message was handed over by HH Sayyid Faisal bin Tukri Al Said, Ambassador of Oman to the KSA, when he met here today with Waleed Al Khuraiji, Saudi Deputy Foreign Minister. --- Ends/Anas ...

Deputy PM for Defence Affairs Receives Japanese Ambassador

Deputy PM for Defence Affairs Receives Japanese AmbassadorMuscat, 5 Jul (ONA) --- HH Sayyid Shihab bin Tarik Al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for Defence Affairs received in his office at Al Murtafa’a Garrison today Jota Yamamoto, Ambassador of Japan to the Sultanate of Oman. The two sides reviewed the relations between the two countries and exchanged views on various matters of common interest. --- Ends/Anas ...

State Council Discusses Legislative Frameworks on Mandatory Education in Oman

State Council Discusses Legislative Frameworks on Mandatory Education in OmanMuscat, 4 Jul (ONA) --- The State Council today discussed several studies, namely “Empowering Omani Teachers,” “Legislative Frameworks on Mandatory Education in the Sultanate of Oman,” “Developing Small and Medium Enterprises: Challenges, Opportunities and Suggestions” and “Tech Start-ups: Their Status and Investment Milieu”. The discussions came during the 6th regular session of the third annual convening for the 7th term of the State Council.The Council’s members touched on the challenges ...

Family Affairs Committee Reviews Laws, New Proposals

Muscat, 4 Jul (ONA)—The National Committee for Family Affairs held its second meeting of the year today under the auspices of Dr. Laila Ahmed Al Najjar, Minister of Social Development, Head of the committee. The meeting reviewed laws on revising the Juvenile Accountability Act, a proposal to draft a children’s criminal justice protection system, geriatric regulatory systems and reports on criminal indices pertaining to family and children’s issues during 2019-2021 and other matters. Ends/Bishara/AH ...

Oman, Brunei Explore Areas of Economic, Business Cooperation

Oman, Brunei Explore Areas of Economic, Business Cooperation Bandar Seri Begawan, 4 Jul (ONA) --- The 3rd meeting of the joint Oman-Brunei Committee was held in Brunei’s Ministry of Finance and Economy today. During the meeting, the Omani side was headed by Dr. Saleh Said Masn, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion for Commerce and Industry, while the Bruneian side was headed by Dr. Hajah May Fa’ezah Binti Haji Ahmad Ariffin, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Finance and Economy for Economy. The two sides reviewed areas of ...

ROP Advises Road Users Not to Cross Wadis During Rainfall

Muscat, 4 Jul (ONA)—Due to heavy rains reportedly forecast to fall in parts of the Sultanate of Oman today and the next few days, accompanied with strong winds, the Royal Oman Police (ROP) called upon all road users to exercise caution, take necessary precautions to protect their properties and stay away from low-lying areas that are expected to be inundated during rainfall. In particular, the ROP urged parents to pay attention to their children and prevent them from swimming in rainwater pools. Drivers are also strongly advised to avoid crossing flooded wadis and keep ...

Oman’s Central Health Laboratories Exert Great Efforts during Covid-19 Pandemic

Oman’s Central Health Laboratories Exert Great Efforts during Covid-19 Pandemic   Muscat, 4 Jul (ONA) --- Public health laboratories are a cornerstone of the disease investigation and surveillance system. Medical laboratories are among the most important diagnostic pillars in health care and considered the most important pillar of essential national security.   The Central Public Health Laboratories in the Sultanate of Oman continue their great efforts in detecting novel viruses. This was clearly evident during the coronavirus pandemic and its role in ...

Shabab Oman II Arrives at Port Christian Sand of Norway

Shabab Oman II Arrives at Port Christian Sand of Norway Oslo, 3 Jul (ONA)—The Royal Navy of Oman Ship, Shabab Oman II, has arrived at the Norwegian port of Christian Sand as part of its sixth world tour titled “Oman, the Land of Peace” (or “Oman Ardh Assalam” in Arabic). Through its global tours, Shabab Oman II promotes the noble theme of “Extending Bridges Of Friendship And Fraternity Between The Sultanate Of Oman And Different Countries Of The World”. It seeks to make known Omani culture and highlight the legacy of Oman’s maritime history and ...

Two MoCs Inked to Fund Scholarships

Two MoCs Inked to Fund Scholarships Sohar, 3 Jul (ONA) --- Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) today signed two memoranda of cooperation (MoC) with the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation. The first MoC deals with supporting 150 students under the company’s Community Scholarship Programme (CSP) for 2022/2023. The MoC was signed by Dr. Rahma Ibrahim Al Mahrouqi, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation and Steve Phimister, PDO Managing Director. The programme will give students from PDO's concession area the freedom to choose any ...

Four Agreements Signed for Modernization at Defence Ministry

Four Agreements Signed for Modernization at Defence Ministry Muscat, 3 Jul (ONA) --- The Ministry of Finance (MOF), represented by Partnership for Development (PFD) program, today signed four agreements with the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to carry out modernization projects at the MOD and the Sultan’s Armed Forces (SAF). Besides economic development, the agreements seek to support national industries, empower small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and provide training and job opportunities. The agreements signed by Nasser Khamis Al Jashmi, Secretary General of the ...

Sayyid Shihab Visits Site of Strategic Drill “Decision Making 9”

Sayyid Shihab Visits Site of Strategic Drill “Decision Making 9” Muscat, 3 Jul (ONA) --- HH Sayyid Shihab bin Tarik Al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for Defence Affairs, today visited the site of the strategic drill “Decision Making 9”, being conducted at National Defence College (NDC), Academy for Strategic and Defence Studies. He took note of the activities of the exercise, carried out by participants in the 9th batch of the NDC. The exercise runs till 7 July 2022. HH Sayyid Shihab was received upon his arrival at the NDC headquarters by Air Vice Marshal ...

Oman, Yemen Hold Talks Session

Oman, Yemen Hold Talks Session Salalah, 3 Jul (ONA) --- An official talks session was held in the Governorate of Dhofar today between the Sultanate of Oman and the Republic of Yemen. The session covered areas of transport, communications and information technology. During the session, the Omani side was headed by Eng. Said Hamoud Al Ma’awali, Minister of Transport, Communications and Information Technology, while the Yemeni side was headed by Dr. Najeeb Mansour Al Auj, Minister of Communications and Information Technology. The two sides reviewed bilateral cooperation in ...

Thursday Deadline for Municipal Council Membership Applicants from Al Jabal Al Akhdar, Sinaw

Thursday Deadline for Municipal Council Membership Applicants from Al Jabal Al Akhdar, Sinaw Muscat, 3 Jul (ONA)—The Ministry of Interior has set 7 July as deadline for applicants wishing to contest the Municipal Council membership in the wilayats of Al Jabal Al Akhdar (Governorate of A’Dakhiliyah) and Sinaw (Governorate of North A’Sharqiyah). Application is still open for the Third Term of Municipal Council Membership in the two wilayats via the elections’ website (elections.om). Ends/Bishara/AH ...

Eid Al Adha 1443 AH Holiday Announced

Eid Al Adha 1443 AH Holiday Announced Muscat, 30 Jun (ONA) --- Eid Al Adha holiday 1443 AH for employees in the State’s Administrative Apparatus and other legal entities, as well as establishments of the private sector will be from Friday, 9 Dhul Hijja 1443 AH, corresponding to 8 July 2022 to Tuesday, 12 July 2022. Work shall be resumed on Wednesday, 13 July 2022. The Ministry of Labour pointed out that employers may agree on terms to engage employees on the said holiday—if deemed necessary due to the nature of their work—provided they compensate the workers for the ...

Royal Office Minister Receives Ambassador of Germany

Royal Office Minister Receives Ambassador of Germany Muscat, 30 Jun (ONA) --- Gen. Sultan Mohammed Al Nu’mani, Minister of the Royal Office received here today Friedrich Schneider, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Sultanate of Oman. Al Nu’mani reiterated the deep-rooted bilateral relations between the two countries and the development those relations underwent in diverse spheres due to the keenness of the two countries’ leaderships. On his turn, the ambassador expressed his thanks and appreciation for Oman’s role on the regional ...

RNO Commander Receives British Maritime Component Commander

RNO Commander Receives British Maritime Component Commander Muscat, 30 Jun (ONA) --- Rear Admiral Saif Nasser Al Rahbi, Commander of the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) received in his office at Al Murtafa’a Garrison today Commodore Adrian Fryer, Commander of the United Kingdom (UK) Maritime Component Command. The two sides exchanged views and discussed several naval matters of common interest. The meeting was attended by Commodore Jasim Mohammed Al Balushi, Director of Operations and Plans at the RNO Command and the Defence Attaché at the British embassy in Muscat. ...

Oman Affirms its Commitment to Environment Preservation Efforts

Oman Affirms its Commitment to Environment Preservation EffortsLisbon, 29 Jun (ONA) --- Delegated by His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik, the Sultanate of Oman, represented by the Environment Authority (EA), took part today in the 2022 UN Ocean Conference, held in Lisbon, Portugal. In Oman’s statement, Dr. Abdullah Ali Al Amri, Chairman of the Environment Authority asserted Oman’s commitment to protecting the environment and ensuring the safety of its habitats. He also reiterated Oman’s support to all international efforts aimed at achieving environmental stability and balance ...

British Delegation Visits MSC

British Delegation Visits MSCMuscat, 29 Jun (ONA) --- A delegation from the United Kingdom (UK) headed by Commodore Adrian Fryer, Commander of the Maritime Component Command today visited the Maritime Security Centre (MSC). The guest was accompanied during the visit by the Defense Attaché at the British Embassy in Muscat.The delegation was greeted upon their arrival at the centre by the Deputy Head of the MSC.The guests were briefed on the centre’s tactical roles and tasks in managing and leading search, rescue and environment preservation operations. They also toured the centre’s ...

Oman Participates in AGFUND Meeting

Oman Participates in AGFUND MeetingRiyadh, 29 Jun (ONA) --- The Sultanate of Oman, represented by the Ministry of Social Development, took part in the 25th meeting of the Arab Gulf Programme for Development (AGFUND), held in Riyadh, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). The meeting was chaired by Prince Abdulaziz Talal Abdulaziz, President of AGFUND.The meeting approved the minutes of the 24th meeting of AGFUND and highlighted a summary of the achievements made during the first half of 2022.The meeting also discussed a spectrum of topics, including the projects that were proposed for ...

Agreement Inked to Develop Digital System for Children’s Public Library

Agreement Inked to Develop Digital System for Children’s Public Library Muscat, 29 Jun (ONA) --- Omani India Fertilizer company (OMIFCO) and the Children’s Public Library here today signed an agreement to support the project of developing a digital system for the management of the library. The project aims to enhance the quality of digital services provided by the library, boost the intellectual value for children, as well as contribute to the march of cultural development in the Sultanate of Oman. The agreement was signed by HH Sayyida Dr. Mona Fahd Al Said, ...

Foreign Minister Receives Ambassador of Belgium

Foreign Minister Receives Ambassador of Belgium Muscat, 29 Jun (ONA) --- Sayyid Badr Hamad Al Busaidi, Foreign Minister, received here today Dominique Mineur, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to the Sultanate of Oman, to bid her farewell at the end of her tour of duty. Sayyid Badr expressed his appreciation to the ambassador for the efforts she exerted in enhancing the relations between the two countries. He also wished her success in her future endeavors. --- Ends/Anas ...

Egyptian President Leaves Oman

Egyptian President Leaves OmanMuscat, 28 Jun (ONA) --- President Abdul Fattah el Sisi of the Arab Republic of Egypt left here this afternoon after an official two-day visit to the Sultanate of Oman.The Egyptian President was seen off at the Royal Airport by HH Sayyid Shihab bin Tarik Al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for Defence Affairs, Sayyid Khalid bin Hilal Al Busaidi, Minister of the Diwan of Royal Court, Gen. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Nu'mani, Minister of the Royal Office, Sayyid Hamoud bin Faisal Al Busaidi, Minister of Interior, Sayyid Badr bin Hamad Al Busaidi, Foreign Minister, ...

HM The Sultan, Egyptian President Instruct Studying Establishment of Joint Investment Fund

HM The Sultan, Egyptian President Instruct Studying Establishment of Joint Investment FundMuscat, 28 Jun (ONA) --- His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik and President Abdul Fattah el Sisi of the Arab Republic of Egypt reaffirmed their keenness in augmenting the volume of economic cooperation between the two countries. The two leaders also instructed studying the establishment of a joint investment fund between the two countries to invest in feasible projects in diverse vital sectors.This was stated today in a joint statement on the occasion of the visit of the Egyptian President to the ...

Delegated by HM The Sultan, EA Chairman Participates in 2022 UN Ocean Conference

Delegated by HM The Sultan, EA Chairman Participates in 2022 UN Ocean Conference Muscat, 28 Jun (ONA) --- Delegated by His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik, Dr. Abdullah bin Ali Al Amri, Chairman of Environment Authority (EA) is taking part in the 2022 UN Ocean Conference being held in Lisbon in Portugal. The conference is organized by the United Nations (UN) and will continue until 1 July 2022. It discusses the implementation of the 14th goal of the Sustainable Development Goals (life under water), which is part of the 2030 Sustainable Development Plan and within a set of 17 ...

Iranian Delegation Visits MSC

Iranian Delegation Visits MSCMuscat, 28 Jun (ONA) --- A delegation from the Islamic Republic of Iran visited the Maritime Security Centre (MSC) today. The delegation was greeted upon their arrival at the centre by the Deputy Head of the MSC.The guests were briefed on the centre’s tactical roles and tasks in managing and leading search, rescue and environment preservation operations. They also toured the centre’s facilities and viewed its latest equipment and technologies used in carrying out its national duties. ---Ends/Mohammed/Anas ...

Foreign Ministers of Oman, Egypt Affirm Advanced Relations

Foreign Ministers of Oman, Egypt Affirm Advanced RelationsMuscat, 28 Jun (ONA) --- Sayyid Badr Hamad Al Busaidi, Foreign Minister and Sameh Shoukry, Foreign Minister of the Arab Republic of Egypt held a meeting at Al Alam Palace today.The meeting comes within the framework of the official visit paid by President Abdul Fattah el Sisi of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the Sultanate of Oman.The two sides reaffirmed the advanced relations between Oman and Egypt and underscored the importance of enhancing them in economic, investment, tourism and science fields. They also exchanged views ...

NDC Commandant Receives French Officer

NDC Commandant Receives French OfficerMuscat, 28 Jun (ONA) --- Maj. Gen Hamid Ahmed Sakron, Commandant of the National Defence College (NDC) received at the NDC in Bait Al Falaj Garrison today Rear Admiral Jacques Fayard, Joint Commander of the French Forces in the Indian Ocean.The two sides discussed several matters of common interest that serve academic and training spheres. The meeting was attended by Brigadier Nasser Rashid Al Kalbani, Deputy Commandant of the NDC, Brigadier Abdullah Hamad Al Harthy, Director General of Studies and Academic Affairs at the Academy for Strategic and ...

Egyptian President Receives HH Sayyid Fahd

Egyptian President Receives HH Sayyid Fahd Muscat, 28 Jun (ONA) --- President Abdul Fattah el Sisi of the Arab Republic of Egypt received in his residence at Al Alam Palace guesthouse today HH Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers. The meeting explored areas of cooperation between the two countries and means of promoting them in various areas. It also reviewed the distinguished relations and historical ties binding the two countries and peoples. In addition, it discussed a set of regional and international issues of mutual ...