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Oman: a peaceful oasis in a flaming region

In a fractious, unstable region rife with conflict, one country appears to be unscathed. It is telling that Oman emerged not only intact from the ramifications of the Arab Spring, but also shied away from the intense polarisation that has hijacked the rest of the Middle East. Oman’s position on various regional issues is self-evidently …

Fadi Elhusseini

Gulf football diplomacy highlights regional divisions

By James M. Dorsey Wealthy Gulf states have invited Jordan and Morocco to compete in future Gulf Cups as part of a bid to strengthen their fragile six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) at a time that they have at best papered over deep rifts within the group. The invitation follows an earlier stalled attempt to …

Daily News Egypt

UAE’s Air Arabia bets on Ras Al Khaimah hub

The Sharjah-based budget carrier, which currently operates out of three hubs in the Gulf and North Africa region, signed an agreement with the RAK government in February declaring it the official carrier for the emirate and RAK airport as its new hub.

Daily News Egypt

After popular protests, Oman starts to pursue graft

Reuters – Young Omanis who took to the streets in 2011 to demand jobs and better economic prospects failed to trigger the mass protests that transformed other parts of the Arab world in their own Gulf state. But they may have had an impact all the same, as authorities are making a start on a …

Daily News Egypt

Oman holds first local elections

Oman’s elected Majlis Al-Shura has the authority to question ministers and advise the government on socio-economic issues but has no legislative power or role in defence, internal security or foreign policy

Liliana Mihaila

Islamic banking to boost loan growth in Oman, says NBK Capital

By Rachana Khanzode / Reuters MUSCAT: The introduction of Islamic banking in Oman will lead to loan growth of 15 percent this year, NBK Capital said and upgraded the sultanate’s largest lenders, Bank Muscat SAOG and National Bank of Oman. Oman reversed its secular approach to finance last year after seeing a steady trickle of investment …


Oman opens first Gulf opera house

The Royal Opera House of Oman, the first of its kind in the Arabian Peninsula, was officially opened on Wednesday by the country’s ruler Sultan Qaboos, himself a music enthusiast. "The time has now come to cap that rich heritage (of Oman) by adopting concepts of international culture and contribute to its promotion," Qaboos said …


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