• HM to patronise over military parade on 49th National Day

    Muscat - His Majesty Sultan  Qaboos bin Said, Supreme Commander of the Sultan’s Armed Forces, will patronise over military parade on Monday at the Said bin Sultan Naval Base on the occasion of the 49th National Day. Symbolic units representing the Royal Army of Oman, the Royal Air Force of Oman, the Royal Navy of Oman, the Royal Guard of Oman, the Sultan’s Special Force, the Royal Oman Police and the Royal Court Affairs will participate in the military parade.  The presentation will be witnessed by their highnesses and excellencies, advisors, leaders, and senior officials from the state, military and civil units. The Royal Oman Police has said that vehicles and trucks are prohibited from halting on both sides of the road from Bait al Barakah to Said bin Sultan Naval Base in the wilayat of Mussanah from 8am to 8pm on Monday. 

  • Pakistan ATC saves the day

    Muscat - An air traffic controller (ATC) in Pakistan on Thursday saved a plane flying from the Indian city of Jaipur to Muscat, by guiding it during an emergency, a media report said. According to media reports, the plane, carrying 150 passengers, was flying over the Karachi region when it was caught in the middle of a weather pattern with lots of lightning that could have resulted in a catastrophe. Following the lightning strikes, the plane dropped down from an altitude of 36,000ft to 34,000 ft almost immediately. The pilot initiated emergency protocol and broadcast ‘Mayday’ to nearby stations. The air traffic controller from Pakistan responded to the call of the captain and directed it through the dense air traffic. 

  • Swiss watch brand Charriol opens first boutique in Oman

    Muscat - Internationally renowned Swiss watch brand, Charriol, opened its first boutique in cooperation with Muscat Watch Centre at the Oman Avenues Mall. The boutique offers a range of watches that  appeal to shoppers, watch collectors and watch enthusiasts. The opening ceremony offered guests experience to appreciate the excellent goods offered by the boutique. Falah al Lawati, general manager of Muscat Watch Centre, said, “Being a watch collector myself, I’m very excited to launch the new Charriol boutique in Oman. This brand has been one of the growth driver and significant catalyst in the global watch making industry. I feel excited to be part of this new collection and would like to welcome them on setting a new benchmark in the global watch industry. This exclusive range will surely become a favourite among customers.” Coralie Charriol Paul, chairperson of Charriol, told Muscat Daily, “We’ve been in Oman for many years and all across the GCC. However, this is the first time we have a boutique in Oman. I’m glad we took this step as the Omani market is eager to have more and more international brands.” Coralie describes the cooperation with Muscat Watch Centre as ‘amazing’ as she confirms that she is from the second generation of Charriol and so is Muscat Watches’ current administration. “The cooperation is amazing we both understand each other and would like to work further more to ensure that this cooperation remains in the future.”

  • H E Aufi honours inventors for garnering world laurel

    Muscat - H E Dr Hamad bin Said al Aufi, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, honoured inventors Tasnim bint Mohammed al Daoudiyah and Salma bint Salim al Sudairiyah for getting first place and gold medal for their invention ‘Oil Production’. The invention was ranked as the best in the field of youth inventions from 40 countries and 700 inventions at the World Innovation Fair in Germany. H E Dr Aufi was given a detailed explanation on the invention, which aims to use biofuels produced from dates kernel and oil used in kitchens as drilling fluid (clay oil) for oil exploration. H E Dr Aufi wished the inventors great success in their endeavours.  The ceremony was attended by H E Dr Ahmed bin Nasser al Bakri, Undersecretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries for Agriculture, and Dr Hamoud bin Darwish al Hasani, director general at the Directorate General of Agricultural and Animal Research.  

  • Let’s Read Library gets huge response at Oman Avenues Mall; marks one year

    Muscat - Oman Avenues Mall recently celebrated the first anniversary of the opening of the Dar al Atta’a Let’s Read reading facility and charity bookshop in the third floor of the mall.  The facility received great response from the general public since its opening in October last year. As part of the Corporate Social Responsibility, management of Oman Avenues Mall had offered space for the Let’s Read programme with an objective to achieve a positive impact on society while maximising the creation of shared value for the mall.  While the entire fit out and project cost was undertaken by Oman Avenues Mall, Dar al Atta’a manages the book collections and management of the project under a two-year, renewable management programme. Children who attended the first-year celebrations read books on display and enjoyed the award ceremony for the winners of the Summer Reading Challenge. On this special occasion, Let’s Read offered 50 per cent discount on children’s books. Besides a bookmark making workshop, story-telling session was also held. Children also had the opportunity to meet popular Oman based authors including Jane Jaffer, Fatma al Lawati and Azhar Ahmed. A spokesperson for Dar al Atta’a said, “We thank Oman Avenues Mall for their sponsorship, cooperation and partnership with the Dar al Atta’a Let’s Read programme. The reading facility and charity bookshop has inculcated a love for reading among children and adults too. School children regularly visit the children’s library, where many events such as storytelling, writing workshops, author visits are held on a regular basis. Parents enjoy bringing their children to the library.”  The facilities are open from 10am to 9pm every day. The Saturday morning Rhyme Time at 11am for children under five-year olds has proved a great success. Workshops for parents have also proved effective in supporting the parents’ role in helping their children to read. The charity bookshop for all age groups has been popular with the parents.” Derick Michael, general manager of Oman Avenues Mall, said, “We are thrilled to celebrate this milestone which has received so much love from the community. Building on the strengths in the promotion of reading, the Let’s Read reading facility and charity bookshop has been fostering a sustainable atmosphere and culture of reading by capitalising on the synergy of Oman Avenues Mall. The management of Oman Avenues Mall is delighted to see parents accompanying their children to the Let’s Read facility and encouraging them to pick from an assortment of Arabic and English titles available there. Let’s Read facility at Oman Avenues Mall has been focused on helping children discover the wonderful world of books.“

  • HM presides over oath-taking ceremony

    Before His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, a number of their excellencies took oath at Bait al Barakah, on Friday.Nasir bin Khamis bin Ali al Jashmi, Secretary General in the Ministry of FinanceEng Azzah bint Sulaiman bin Said al Ismailiyah, Minister of Technology and CommunicationsDr Suad bint Mohammed bin Ali al Lawatia, Minister of Arts AffairsSayyid Ibrahim bin Said bin Ibrahim al Busaidi, Minister of State and Governor of MusandamEng Issam bin Saud bin Harib al Zadjali, Chairman of Muscat MunicipalityNasr bin Khamis bin Mohammed al Sawaie, Public Prosecutor