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|Owner(s)||Muscat Media Group|
|Founder(s)||Essa bin Mohammed Al Zedjali|
|Publisher||Muscat Media Group|
|Headquarters||Ruwi, Muscat, Oman|
|Sister newspapers||Al Shabiba|
Times of Oman is a daily newspaper published in the Sultanate of Oman.Established in 1975, the newspaper is the oldest English-language paper of Oman. Apart from daily news on local, regional, international, business and sport interests, It provides information on topics such as entertainment, fashion and lifestyle, education, information and technology, health and books.
It was first published on February 23, 1975, and was launched as a weekly tabloid newspaper. by the known Pakistani journalist Rana N. Parveze. The newspaper is published by the Muscat Media Group, which is also behind publications such as Al Shabiba, Hi Weekly and Sabbat Ayam. The main reasons for starting Times of Oman were to publicize Oman abroad and to address non-Omanis in the country. This explains why the newspaper dedicates more pages to news about the Indian Subcontinent since the majority of expatriates in Oman are from that region.In 1991, the Omani paper became a broadsheet daily. A reader survey in 2013 stated that amongst the English dailies in Oman, It was favored by 5.4% of the respondents followed by Oman Tribune (2.7%). The least read newspapers were the newly launched Muscat Daily and Oman Daily Observer.
The Muscat Media Group is a publishing house in the Sultanate of Oman, established in 1975 by Essa bin Mohammed Al Zedjali. The publishing house is behind a number of different publications from broadsheet dailies to tabloid weeklies and monthlies as well as weekly magazines both in Arabic and English. Apart from Times of Oman, the Muscat Press and Publishing House is the publisher of the Arabic-language newspaper Al Shabiba launched in 1993. In 2004, Muscat Media Group house became the first in the GCC countries to develop an online edition for its daily newspapers Times of Oman and Al Shabiba. In 2008, WAP editions of the newspapers were made available on cell phones.
The paper is published six days a week from Saturday to Thursday. The website is also updated every day in every hour. The newspaper is organized in three sections. The first section, section A, contains pages of local news, regional news, news on India and Pakistan and world news. It also has a commentary section with perspectives from respected political analysts and opinion writers. It also features a reader's forum. Section B is a Market, Business and Finance section bringing news on local, regional and international financial matters. It also contains a Life and Style part in addition to entertainment pages with crosswords, daily horoscope, airlines and bus schedules. The back pages are dedicated to Bollywood news and feature articles. The C section focuses on national and international sports. The D section, called Connect, is the daily guide for the inhabitants of Oman with local ads and classifieds. The newspaper, printed daily with pages varying from 44 to 52 pages, is a blend of black and white and color pages.
In 1998, it launched their website, which additionally made MPPH the first publication house in the region to develop a website for news information. In December 2012, the Times of Oman website was redesigned to include more sections for news coverage in the local department and across the globe. The website gets 2,29,377 visitors in September month and has shown growth of 75% in a 9-month period. The average visit duration is 5.44 min in September 2013 The Times of Oman e-paper was launched on October 4, 2004. In 2007, Times of Oman launched its first mobile application for iPad and smart phones.
Thursday magazine was launched on November 18, 1999, and discontinued in June 2015. It was a family magazine, which came out with the main edition of Times of Oman every Thursday. The magazine's main focus was on topical and cover stories and special features, but also on subjects such as healthcare and beauty tips, crime, romance, travel, parenting, fashion and cooking. The magazine targeted readers among expatriate and Omani working women as well as housewives. On June 23, 2015, the last issue was published, with the magazine folding into the pages of Times of Oman.
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