Oman's Shura Council Refers Proposal to Tighten Israel’s Boycott to Legislative and Legal Committee

A partial view of the seaside corniche in the Omani capital Muscat. (AFP)
A partial view of the seaside corniche in the Omani capital Muscat. (AFP)
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Oman's Shura Council Refers Proposal to Tighten Israel’s Boycott to Legislative and Legal Committee

A partial view of the seaside corniche in the Omani capital Muscat. (AFP)
A partial view of the seaside corniche in the Omani capital Muscat. (AFP)

Oman’s Shura Council agreed on Monday to refer a proposal to broaden the scope of the boycott of Israel to the Legislative and Legal Committee to express an opinion before discussing the proposal and approving or rejecting it.

Article 1 of the Israel Provincial Law issued by Royal Decree No. 72/9 bans any direct or by proxy agreement with authorities or individuals residing in Israel or holding Israeli nationality or working for its interest wherever they reside.

The proposal rules that the first clause of the law would be amended in a way that broadens the scope of the boycott.

The seven MPs who submitted the proposal demanded additional amendments that include severing any economic, sports, or cultural contact and banning any virtual or real meeting with Israel.

Ties between Israel and Oman were formed in 1992 following the 1991 Madrid Conference. Both countries further inaugurated offices following the Oslo Accords.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin visited Muscat in 1994 followed by former Prime Minister of Israel Shimon Peres in 1995.

The Omani foreign minister visited Israel during the same year.

However, diplomatic ties were severed after the second intifada. Then on October 26, 2018, the PM Benjamin Netanyahu visited Oman at the invitation of late Sultan Qaboos bin Said. This was the first official meeting on this level since 1996.

Oman's Foreign Minister Badr Albusaidi confirmed last year that Oman will not normalize ties with Israel before the two-state solution for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is implemented.



Pilgrims Observe Tarwiyah in Mina as Mount Arafat Prepares to Receive Them

Hajj pilgrims from far and wide spent the Day of Tarwiyah in Mina, Saudi Arabia (SPA)
Hajj pilgrims from far and wide spent the Day of Tarwiyah in Mina, Saudi Arabia (SPA)
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Pilgrims Observe Tarwiyah in Mina as Mount Arafat Prepares to Receive Them

Hajj pilgrims from far and wide spent the Day of Tarwiyah in Mina, Saudi Arabia (SPA)
Hajj pilgrims from far and wide spent the Day of Tarwiyah in Mina, Saudi Arabia (SPA)

On Friday, Hajj pilgrims observed the Day of Tarwiyah in Mina, following the prophetic tradition.
They enjoyed a peaceful and secure environment as they prepared for their journey to Arafat at dawn on Saturday, the 9th of Dhu al-Hijjah, to perform the crucial ‘standing at Arafat’ ritual.
The movement of pilgrims to Mina was smooth, monitored by thousands of security personnel.
The Saudi government provided comprehensive care, mobilizing all resources to offer top-tier services, ensuring the pilgrims could perform their rituals with ease and comfort.
Thousands Gather at Al-Khaif Mosque in Mina
Al-Khaif Mosque in Mina was filled with several thousands of worshippers in a spiritual and secure atmosphere.
Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs launched a major upgrade to the mosque’s air conditioning, adding over 780 new units and 73 air purification systems.
These improvements ensure a constant flow of fresh air and keep the temperature inside at a comfortable 20 degrees Celsius.
Al-Khaif Mosque in Mina has long been a focus for Muslim leaders. Expanded in 1987, it now features four minarets, advanced lighting, air conditioning, and carpeting. It also includes a restroom complex with over a thousand facilities.
Pilgrims traveling to Mount Arafat benefit from extensive services provided by various government sectors to ensure their comfort and ease during their spiritual journey.
At Namirah Mosque in Arafat, pilgrims will perform combined and shortened Dhuhr and Asr prayers after listening to the Arafat sermon by Sheikh Maher Al-Muaiqly, Imam of the Grand Mosque.
The sermon will be translated into 20 languages, showcasing Saudi Arabia’s commitment to leadership, tolerance, moderation, and global peace.
At sunset, pilgrims travel to Muzdalifah, where they perform Maghrib and Isha prayers.
They spend the night there until dawn on Sunday, the 10th of Dhu al-Hijjah.
On Eid al-Adha, they will throw stones at the largest Jamarat pillar, perform the sacrificial slaughter, shave their heads, and then go to the Grand Mosque for Tawaf al-Ifadah and Sa’i between Safa and Marwah.
New Flexible Flooring Enhances Pilgrim Comfort
The Royal Commission for Makkah has installed flexible flooring at the holy sites using the latest technology. This project aims to make the pilgrimage more comfortable and safe by reducing the effort needed for walking and minimizing heat stress.
The flooring, made from recycled rubber, increases comfort, reduces injuries, improves the area's appearance, and lowers heat emissions.
Moreover, Makkah experienced a surge in electricity demand on Thursday, the eve of Tarwiyah, reaching 5,361 megawatts—a 20% rise from the previous year’s 4,451 megawatts.
The Saudi Electricity Company is actively managing power services across Makkah, Mina, Arafat, and Muzdalifah during Hajj.
Highly skilled teams ensure reliability, readiness for emergencies, and swift response to maintenance and reports via the unified security operations center and social media.