Gulf Air Admits Canceling Muscat Flight Because of Bahrainis Returning from Iran
Gulf Air has admitted that it cancelled its GF563 flight because of the Bahraini passengers returning from the Iranian city of Mashhad. It said that it made the decision on Friday (March 27, 2020) to cancel one of its scheduled flights from Muscat Airport after it was revealed that there was a large number of registered passengers arriving from Iran via Doha Airport.
Trump Reveals Deal of Century, Thanks Bahrain, UAE and Oman
US President Donald Trump announced the deal of the century aimed at ending the Palestinian issue, on Tuesday (January 28, 2020) at a press conference in the presence of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu amid the absence of any representative of the Palestinian authority.
Oman's SalamAir Inaugurates Flights from Muscat to Bahrain
Oman-based carrier SalamAir announced the inauguration of its flights from Muscat to Bahrain.
Deal of Century Latest Developments: Oman will Open Embassy in West Bank
The sultanate of Oman has announced it will open an embassy in the West Bank, in the city of Ramallah. The announcement comes as Bahrain hosts a summit on a U.S. Mideast peace plan by the Trump administration, focusing on the Palestinian economy.
U.S. Envoy for Iran Traveling to Middle East: State Department
U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook will travel to the Middle East on Wednesday for meetings in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait and Bahrain to discuss "Iran's regional aggression," the State Department said.
Albania Exempts Bahrainis of Visas during Summer Season
The Albanian Foreign Ministry announced that it would make it possible for Gulf nationals, including Bahrain, to travel to Albania during the coming summer season without having to obtain an advance visa from Albania's embassies.
Bloomberg: Future of Bahrain and Oman Economies Uncertain
The oil crash came and went but the debt pile it left across the Gulf is still growing, leaving the region’s energy-dependent economies more vulnerable next time a crisis strikes, reported Bloomberg.
Netanyahu Meets Omani FM, Hints other Arab States Warming to Israel
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Oman’s foreign minister on the sidelines of a U.S.-sponsored Middle East conference in Warsaw on Wednesday and hinted that other Arab countries represented there were engaging with Israel.
Saudi Arabia, Oman sites added to UNESCO World Heritage List
UNESCO added Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ahsa Oasis and Oman’s ancient city of Qalhat to its World Heritage List, the world cultural body said.
Oman's Salalah Airport to Close for 24 Hours Starting Midnight due to Storm
Oman will close the country’s second largest airport in Salalah starting midnight (2000 GMT) on Thursday for 24 hours due to a tropical storm, the Public Authority for Civil Aviation announced.
Iranian Official Urges Dialogue between Yemen Factions
A senior Iranian security official has called for dialogue between factions in Yemen to end the conflict there, Iranian state media reported on Saturday.
Bloomberg: Bonds Help Bahrain Avoid Unpopular Decisions Like Freezing Public Sector Employment
Bloomberg said that access to a debt is helping some cash-strapped nations in the Gulf Cooperation Council kick reforms down the road.
Sultanate of Oman Handed over Citizen to Bahraini Authorities Last Saturday
Omani authorities handed over citizen Hussein Shehab from Diraz to Bahrain last Saturday.
In Blow to Finances, Oman Postpones VAT Introduction
Oman will delay the introduction of a 5 percent value-added tax until 2019 instead of introducing it next year as originally planned, local media reported late on Monday, a decision that may hurt its effort to strengthen shaky state finances.
In Rare Official Appearance, Oman's Ruler Meets Iranian Minister
The ruler of Oman received Iran’s foreign minister on Monday, the state news agency ONA reported, in a rare official appearance for the long-time leader.
Iranian Foreign Minister Arrives in Oman for Talks
Iran's foreign minister traveled to Oman for a daylong visit Monday with officials in the sultanate, which has served as a crucial link between Iran and the U.S. in the past.
Oman Takes $3.55bn China Loan
Oman on Wednesday announced it has taken out a $3.55 billion loan from Chinese banks to cover its budget deficit for the current fiscal year.
Gulf States to Maintain Defence Spending despite Oil Price Slump
Gulf Arab states are poised to continue to spend billions of dollars on defence despite low oil prices causing severe budget deficits forcing Gulf States to introduce austerity measures and cut spending.
Oman Appeals Court Overturns Newspaper Ban, Cuts Prison Terms
An Omani appeals court on Monday cancelled an order to close down a newspaper that had reported on alleged corruption within the judiciary.
BBC: Jewish Celebration in Bahrain Raises Controversy on Social Media Outlets
Among the many topics the grabbed the attention of Arab tweeters were the Jewish celebrations in Bahrain and the results of municipal elections in Sultanate of Oman. Meanwhile, other tweets came as comments on Christmas.