Oman becomes the fourth IIHF member country from the Gulf region after the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Qatar.
Oman was granted associate member status. The sport of ice hockey in the sultanate of over three million inhabitants dates back to 2002.
“Hockey came into existence thanks to the personal effort of a few individuals who built the Omani ice hockey team almost 12 years ago,” said Anad Al-Balushi, the President of the Oman Ice Sports Committee.
“The team practised once a week at the Al Khuwair ice skating rink,” said Al-Balushi, who also became the team’s coach in 2009. The team has participated at several invitational events in the Gulf region.
The team now plays at a newer rink in the Qurum area of the Omani capital of Muscat sized 44.9 on 24.64 metres.
There are currently 24 senior and 15 junior players registered in Oman and 12 female players who are interested in playing hockey.
“We at the Oman Ice Sports Committee are thrilled and excited to be part of the IIHF and part of the world ice hockey community. Every hockey player in Oman had this dream of our country being a member of IIHF,” Al-Balushi said.
“This opportunity gives us the key to strive to appear outside Oman and get exposure of ice hockey around the globe in addition to competing and showing our skills and ability in IIHF-affiliated tournaments. We are happy by this news and willing to go beyond expectations with the help of the IIHF.”
A ‘Wonderland’ of party by The Experiment Events!
After the great success of Hed Kandi & Ministry of Sound Live in muscat in last 2 years, the Experiment Events is Back with an another WONDERLAND music event in Muscat
This year, ‘Wonderland’ host UK’s prestigious music record label, HED KANDI. www.hedkandi.com
** Single Tickets are priced at RO 15 ( Ticket outlets will be updated soon)
For VIP Room booking contact 92369801
‘Wonderland’ promises to be a huge event this year as it is the brainchild of a bunch of extremely talented innovators who have designed a unique show for people who love to enjoy and listen to good music.
“TURN ON | TUNE IN | DROP OUT”
There is a new update regarding the parking at the Muscat Intl.Airport.
The Airport has a new long term car park which is situated beside the Cargo building. Its called Car Park 4 and you can access it directly from the highway if you turn off at Cargo OR driving past Car Park 2 if you are inside the Airport Perimeter.
It sounds a bit unclear to me but the new rates are as follows:
1-2 days 2 OMR/day
3rd day 3 OMR
4th day 4 OMR
5th day 5 OMR
The car park II(short-term) rates are the same:
0.500 OMR 30 mins
Gigantic arena rock band Kings of Leon are to perform an outdoor gig in Dubai.
In what must surely be one of the final big gig announcements of the season, the band of brothers (and one cousin) will take to the stage at Atlantis the Palm on Wednesday May 28.
Kings Of Leon – Live@Atlantis – 28 March
Superstar rock band Kings of Leon are coming to Dubai and are playing Live@Atlantis this May. This show is not to be missed, they will be playing all their crowd favourites, plus songs from their latest album “Mechanical Bull”.
Date: Wednesday 28 May 2014
Doors open: 6pm
Location: Atlantis Beach
Regular Tickets: AED 385 (450 on the door)
VIP Tickets: AED 600
The recent figures prepared by Oman National Center for Statistics showed interesting figures about the population in the Sultanate.
Omani males outnumber Omani females
56% of the population are Omanis while 44% are expatriates.
The population of Oman exceeded the 4 million mark on April 1, 2014, according to recent population statistics revealed by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI). As of April 2, the total population of Oman has reached 4,000,345. Omanis constitute 55.8 per cent of the population with 2,232,949 Omanis, while expatriates comprise 44.2 per cent of the total population with 1,767,396 expatriates in the Sultanate. Comparing these figures with those issued at the end of December 2013, the number of Omanis has increased by 20,256 in the first quarter of 2014, while expatriate numbers increased by 23,049 during the same period. In detail, the figures show that Omani males outnumber females in the country. The total number of males stood at 1,130,115, while the number of females hit 1,102,834.
For the expatriate population, the number of males is higher than females, with 1,448,816 males versus 318,580 females. The Governorate of Muscat recorded the highest percentage of expatriates which stood at 62 per cent of the total population of the governorate by the end of March 2014, while Omanis comprised 38 per cent of the residents. In Al Dakhiliyah the ratio of Omanis is 77 per cent compared to 23 per cent expatriates of the population. In Al Batinah Governorate, the ratio of Omanis stood at 75 per cent against 25 per cent expatriate population. The ratio of the local versus expat population in other parts of the Sultanate varied between Al Dakhiliyah’s and Muscat’s figures
The NCSI report also showed that Indian workers lead different nationalities with 597,334 employees, followed by Bangladeshis (508,774), Pakistanis (223,219), Ethiopians (44,411), Indonesians (30,734), Filipinos (29,251), Egyptians (23,094), Nepalese (12,806) and Sri Lankans (12,468)
For the expatriate population, the number of males is higher than females, with 1,448,816 males versus 318,580 females. The Governorate of Muscat recorded the highest percentage of expatriates which stood at 62 per cent of the total population of the governorate by the end of March 2014, while Omanis comprised 38 per cent of the residents. In Al Dakhiliyah the ratio of Omanis is 77 per cent compared to 23 per cent expatriates of the population. In Al Batinah Governorate, the ratio of Omanis stood at 75 per cent against 25 per cent expatriate population. The ratio of the local versus expat population in other parts of the Sultanate varied between Al Dakhiliyah’s and Muscat’s figures.