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Can Tourism Save Oman from Cheap Oil?

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 02.03.2016 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Of all Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members, non-OPEC Oman is most vulnerable to low oil prices. In the 1990s, the sultanate discovered that its oil reserves were substantially smaller than previously thought and Oman's sovereign wealth fund is a fraction of the size of other GCC nations.

Analyst: Worsening Crisis in Saudi-Iranian Relations Further Destabilizes the Middle East

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 01.29.2016 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Riyadh's decision to execute Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr at the start of this month, the Iranian response, and the political fallout have raised the Middle East's sectarian temperatures to the highest level since the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s.

Israel's Diplomatic Overture to the UAE

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.12.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

Israel's extended olive branch to the UAE occurs within a complicated geopolitical context, in which some traditional alliances are strained, several states are exploring new partnerships and various actors are seizing upon newly generated opportunities in the region.

Iran Exposes the Myth of GCC Unity

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.10.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

If GCC officials slowly pivot toward the perception that their long-term interests reside in an improved relationship toward Iran, such a strategic shift would be seen in Riyadh as an erosion of GCC unity against an emboldened Iran.

Persian Gulf Travel: Beyond Dubai, Doha and Abu Dhabi

Maytha Alhassen | Posted 08.04.2015 | Travel
Maytha Alhassen

As friends boasted about their procurement of $187 roundtrip tickets to Abu Dhabi on Etihad, I urged them to consider adding Oman to their itinerary; a five hour drive from AD or a quick, cheap nonstop flight departing close to every hour of the day.

Oman's Diplomatic Bridge in Yemen

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 06.18.2016 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Last month, US officials traveled to Oman and held "secret" talks with a Houthi delegation. Both sides discussed the implementation of a ceasefire and a political transition in Yemen.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

U.S., Iran Explore Renewing Diplomatic Relations: Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. and Iran are still not certain whether they will achieve a deal on the latter's nuclear program by a deadline later this month ...

Hope and Progress in Oman

Doug Bradley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Doug Bradley

Ornithologists may have discovered a rare species of owl in Oman. But there's an even rarer breed of higher education exhilaration in this tiny nation, an excitement that is igniting a flame of hope and possibility in a world that so desperately needs it.

Oman: Middle East With a Twist

Kalpana Sunder | Posted 09.29.2013 | Travel
Kalpana Sunder

Oman straddles effortlessly between the modern and the ancient. I love the way that the developers have embraced Arabic sensibilities in building a modern nation: super fast highways co-exist with the intricately worked wooden doors.

Can Oman and Iran's 'Special' Relationship Last?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.05.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

While Oman continues to use its leverage to thwart a military confrontation in the Arabian Gulf, officials in Muscat have accepted that their influence is naturally limited, and they have taken actions to prepare for a scenario in which the Strait of Hormuz is closed.

The Women Trailblazers of Gulf Arab Art

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi | Posted 06.04.2013 | Arts
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

The 20th century witnessed a string of influential women who have impacted the world of Western art from Gertrude Stein to Peggy Guggenheim. Perhaps unknown to some even in the arts field, a mixture of native and expatriate women across the Arab Gulf States have also played a major role.

Greek Wines: Aromatic Whites and Ageworthy Reds

Richard Jennings | Posted 09.04.2012 | Home
Richard Jennings

Greece once dominated the world of wine. Aspects of wine enjoyment we take for granted today -- e.g., focused tastings, sommeliers, glasses designed for particular types of wine -- all developed originally in ancient Greece.

Moscato Madness: Identifying the Good Stuff

Richard Jennings | Posted 04.09.2012 | San Francisco
Richard Jennings

Some Moscato wines, especially from Italy's Asti region, are terrific. Others, produced by huge wine conglomerates on an industrial basis looking to cash in on the latest trend, are truly dreadful.

Another Visit to Oman

Michael Kaiser | Posted 03.10.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

There is truly no Eastern art or Western art or Asian art, etc. There is only art. And great art has the power to move us because great artists speak to us no matter what the language.

Can Water Cooperation Be a Model for Middle East Peacemaking?

Sigurd Neubauer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sigurd Neubauer

Over a fine glass of wine, overlooking the Arabian Sea from the Omani capital of Muscat, Ronald Mollinger revealed a remarkable and compelling story: ...

I Brake for Camels in Oman

Margie Goldsmith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Margie Goldsmith

I am not a petrol-head, car-junkie or auto-hack. But here I am in Oman with thirteen other international journalists to test drive the brand new 2012 Bentley Continental GT.