News Rewind: Fuel prices dominate headlines

Energy Friday 10/February/2017 10:14 AM
By: Times News Service
News Rewind: Fuel prices dominate headlines

With the rising costs of fuel prices putting a dent in many people's budgets for the next few months at the very least, opinion and decisions about the same have been discussed, both in government halls and on the streets of Oman. The issue has dominated headlines, and is one of the key stories in this week's News Rewind.

Oman's Majlis Al Shura wants all fuel prices in the country to be fixed, until a solution can be found to address the concerns of fuel affordability so that low-income earners are not affected too badly by the increase in costs.

But while this might provide relief to residents, it is making industry bosses scratch their heads in worry, as it might eat into their profits, thereby affecting long-term growth, expansion and job creation in the Sultanate.

The economy, though, is sure to receive a boost from the influx of tourists who've visited Oman since the cruise season began. At its halfway mark, the season has seen 217,000 people visit the country, up by 47.6% since last January, according to the Ministry of Tourism.

In addition, the Royal Oman Police have witnessed a watershed moment, with Hanan Bint Khalfan Al Salimi being appointed the first female Director of the Sultanate's Police Rescue Department.

And the next time you're going out into the desert, you might want to check out the world's highest sand dune, which was found in the Dhofar Governorate, and measures 418 metres above sea level.