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A British military base in Oman will soon be tripled in size after the UK announced a £23.8m investment to expand the strategic hub.

The expansion of the "logistics hub" at Duqm will "facilitate Royal Navy deployments to the Indian Ocean" and "further support British Army training in Oman," the Ministry of Defence said.

China's changing oil strategy in the Middle East

Austin Bodetti

China's changing oil strategy in the Middle East

Chinese oil purchases offered Beijing a sphere of influence in the Middle East, but Covid-19 has upended this once-promising strategy.

What other oil rich states can learn from Oman?

Sabena Siddiqui

What other oil rich states can learn from Oman?

Analysis: At a time when the economic future of most MENA countries is vulnerable due to fluctuating oil prices, Oman is shining, writes Sabena ...

As America's power fades, Arab countries join China's sphere

Austin Bodetti

As America's power fades, Arab countries join China's sphere

Analysis: Close US allies UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt are at the top of the list of Arab states that are taking advantage of Chinese interest ...

Amar Diwakar

Vision 2040: Oman's ambitious strategy towards a post-oil economy

Oman hopes that 'Vision 2040' can operate as the guiding document for the development of national implementation programmes, with aims to boost tourism, modernise agriculture and foster technology.

The New Arab

Omanis told to stay away from Duqm coastline

Omanis have been told to stay away from the coastline off Duqm, as a company carries out controlled explosions.

Karim Traboulsi

UK denies it agreed to build base in Kuwait

Local press reports had suggested the UK and Kuwait reached an agreement to build a permanent British base in the Gulf country.

Austin Bodetti

Oman blazes trail for environmentalism in the Arab world

As desertification and other environmental issues threaten the heart of the Middle East, Oman has an opportunity to act as a role model for its ...

East of Suez: Britain's new Gulf military build-up

Paul Iddon

East of Suez: Britain's new Gulf military build-up

Analysis: A formidable British presence in the region will likely help London secure further lucrative arms sales with the Arab Gulf states, ...

The New Arab

Oman opens passenger terminal at new eastern city airport

Oman's latest infrastructure project, Duqm port, has been given an additional boost with the unveiling of a new airport.

Oil tanker 'explodes' off coast of Oman

The New Arab

Oil tanker 'explodes' off coast of Oman

An oil tanker has exploded off the coast of Oman, with a search underway to find seamen.

Oman: Between Iran and a hard place

Camille Lons

Oman: Between Iran and a hard place

Comment: Oman has maintained good relations with Iran, and stands to lose a lot from the US' likely withdrawal from the nuclear deal, writes ...

Saudi Arabia interior minister in two-day visit to Oman

Paul McLoughlin

Saudi Arabia interior minister in two-day visit to Oman

A sign of improving ties between Oman and Saudi Arabia was witnessed on Sunday, as Riyadh's Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz arrived in the ...

Oman agrees Saudi funding project for <em>Duqm</em> industrial area

Paul McLoughlin

Oman agrees Saudi funding project for Duqm industrial area

Saudi Arabia will help finance Oman's ambitious diversification plans with a $210 investment boost for the sultanate's Duqm port ...

Giorgio Cafiero

Why China's investment in Oman matters

Comment: China has an important role to play in Oman's future and transition away from an oil-based economy toward a knowledge-based one, writes Giorgio Cafiero.

Scott Weiner

Vocations and vaccinations: The politics of Oman's anti-measles campaign

Analysis: Opening up to greater regional integration and economic diversification presents public health challenges to Oman's policymakers, ...

Paul McLoughlin

Oman sees trade boost following Qatar blockade

Oman appears to have benefited from the Gulf political crisis by staying neutral in the fracas, with the sultanate seeing a boom in trade with ...

The New Arab

UK secures use of Oman naval base in Duqm

UK Defence Minister Michael Fallon visited Oman to cement a raft of military agreements with the sultanate, including the use of Duqm ...

Gulf States put brakes on joint-GCC railway plan

Paul McLoughlin

Gulf States put brakes on joint-GCC railway plan

A freeze on a pan-Gulf rail network is one sign that GCC states are dropping collaborative infrastructure projects for independent economic ...

The New Arab

Oman to target expatriates' visa fees to cut deficit

Oman is looking at ways to cut a mounting deficit, but by targeting expatriates it could tarnish its image as one of the Gulf's most tolerant ...

Oman's foreign minister meets Syria's Bashar al-Assad in Damascus

Al-Araby al-Jadeed staff

Oman's foreign minister meets Syria's Bashar al-Assad in Damascus

Yousef bin Alawi, Oman's minister of foreign affairs, has paid a surprise visit to Damascus to meet Syrian President Bashar al-Assad regarding ...

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