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					Weekly   May 24, 2011
         Issue 171

                            KAYA PAIN-LESS

                        LASER HAIR REMOVAL
                        DR. AHMED REDA

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Dear Readers,

The mercury is rapidly rising
here in the Sultanate of Oman
and temperatures are beginning
to mercilessly climb skywards
as the peak summer months,
June and July, inch nearer. And
so, it is essential to make sure we
protect ourselves from the blazing                                                                      Saturd
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summer sun. This week’s issue looks                                                  g throu      iu
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at the dangers of direct exposure to         We   t o ok t h
the sun’s harmful UV radiation and
explores precautions that can be taken
to protect our skin during the scorching

Also in this issue we chase the horizon in
a monster Audi R8 V10 Spyder, Spotlight
Dr. Ahmed Reda from Dar El Oyoun Eye
Center, delve into the culture of dates in
the country and learn more about the many
stray dogs that are homeless. Readers
can also enjoy catching up on local sports
news, beauty and technology, along with
the latest in local and international news
and current affairs.

We hope you enjoy the issue.

Y team
      This week in
                                                                                                                                    May 24, 2011 Issue 171

                     12 Twentyfour Seven
                           Evo Club, Merge 104.8, Wadi Dogs

                     17 Check This Out
                         Fujitsu General Air Conditioners, Kaya Painless Laser Hair Removal

    22                                              26 Spotlight
    Y-rated                                                              Dr. Ahmed Reda

                                                      30 Yin-Yang          The Kaya Skin Care Challenge

                       33 AutoBAHN
                               Audi R8 V10 Spyder

                       36 X-tra Time
                                   OFA, Oman Karate

    28                                                       45 Chillaxative
    Culture                                                                        Crosswords, Social Media


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                                 Paul McLoughlin Work Editor | Karima Farid Chief Reporter | Clint Derric Egbert Sports Writer/Photographer | Jerzy Wierzbicki Photographer
                                                         Eihab Abutaha General Manager | Feroz Khan Director of Sales & Marketing | Ayman Canawati Logistics Manager

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LETTER                                                                                                                 READER'S
                                                                                                                       VISIT THESE PLACES
Dear Y,
                                                                                                                       Dear Y Magazine,
It was interesting to read the story of the two brave young men taking
on America to raise awareness of damage to our environment. There                                                      I really enjoy reading and seeing pictures on different places of Oman, the
are many ways we can save the world for the better and I would just                                                    other week Wadi Arbaeen and last week. So much so, this inspired me
like to tell fellow readers a few of the daily procedures I take to help                                               to get up and out – I visited Wadi Shab last weekend – WOW! is the term
conserve the environment. When I brush my teeth, or shave, I only                                                      for that Wadi – better than any film and movie set, better than any photos
let the water run for the time it takes to clean my utensils, which is                                                 in travel magazines. It truly was a paradise, with the fresh water springs,
the same with washing dishes too. Before I leave the house, I take                                                     cliffs and caves. I recommend this place to everyone… just a shame not
a minute to check that all appliances and lights have been switched                                                    everyone in the world will get to see such a sight.
off. I water my plants only after sun down. I wish the municipality
would do likewise to reduce wasting water.                                                                             Nicki Waylor

In the office I only make myself a coffee when others are too, to stop
the kettle from being switched on continuously throughout the day.
I even have shared tips with the cleaners on how best to conserve                                                      MENTAL ILLNESS - BEAR IT
water. When I cook, I soak rice in water to shorten the cooking                                                        IN MIND
time, and try to eat vegetables raw rather than cooked, when I can.
I always try and buy local fruits, meat and vegetables, as there is a                                                  Dear Y,
shorter shipping distance for the food from the packing factory.
                                                                                                                       Mental illness is a disease which affects many and many around the world
I know these are just small humble steps but I think the more                                                          it’s just most of them have no idea that they have it. Thanks for the article
that people are aware of how they can alter their daily routine for                                                    on bipolar disorder and the global media coverage following Catherine Zeta
the benefit for mankind, the more considerate they will be to the                                                      Jones’ brave announcement that she has the disease, more people will
environment and to other people. These steps, I have to add, keep                                                      be aware of mental illness. It’s good to see that the medical service are
me sharp as I am constantly deliberating as to whether a choice I                                                      equipped to help and assist anyone in the country who have the illness
make is good for me or good for everyone.                                                                              but I think an important point that should have been addressed is how
                                                                                                                       employers and family members respond to those with mental illness. I still
Thanks Y for its constant efforts to highlight environmental issues                                                    think, globally we have a long way to go to really have an open mind to
both in Oman and abroad.                                                                                               those people who suffer from the disease.

Anonymous                                                                                                              Best regards,
                                                                                                                       S. Kumar

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                                                                                                                                               May 24, 2011 Issue 171

BEWARE OF MOBILE                                                ALL ABOUT CRICKET TOO
CYBER CRIME                                                     To The Editor,

It all began when I received a call from an unknown number      I refer the letter “ALL ABOUT CRICKET” (Y-Issue:170) and fully support the pain of the writer, but no
that does not belong to my Phone book entries.                  way any game should be given a nick name of a deadly ailment liken cancer. It is impossible for any
                                                                game to eat up the space of the other game unless the managers of the game themselves spoil their
A Pakistani national claiming to be working for a company       party for or the other reason.
that conducts lotteries for Oman Mobile & Nawras in
this market and mentioning that my mobile number has            In fact it was the Hockey Federation in India which started the Premier Hockey league which attracted
won RO 20,000 in a lucky draw conducted across GCC              international Hockey players from all parts of the world and it was decades before the BCCI planned
countries.                                                      and started IPL. The Hockey league initially worked well but later it lost it’s charm for the reasons best
                                                                known only to KPS Gill & Company, the managers of Indian Hockey in those days. They failed to deliver
On further interrogating the person wishes me and my            the desired entertainment which the Hockey lovers and the sponsors expected. Their high headiness
family repeatedly for having won the amount and in order        and poor handling of the players and rude behavior with the media lead them to nowhere. Finally the
to claim the winning amount mentioned an 8 digit code           Hockey premier league came to a permanent a halt. We should not forget the fact that no parent in
which I could find behind my SIM.                               the world would encourage their children to take a sport or the game which cannot get them a decent
                                                                living and it is where the cricket is scoring over all other games.
Now anybody who is given something like this as proof as
the SIM is with me will check and so did I. To my surprise      How many corporate houses are ready to invest in Hockey or the other popular Indian games? Hardly
the Digit he mentioned was Bang on.                             any today. But there is a long waiting list of them to get a chance to invest in IPL franchise.

Since the number quoted was correct called him back             In my opinion, IPL is not at a mockery of Cricket rather it is new format or the face of Cricket which
and them am asked for details such as Name, Company             matches to 21st century demand and has come to stay. Undoubtedly the Test cricket is the original
working for & Civil card number. Shared the same with him       form and the basic nursery, but how many of us have time in today’s highly demanding busy life to
and during the course of the conversation am explained          sit and watch a five days game as religiously as the IPL or another T20 or 50 over’s matches. What is
the process of receiving the funds either through Bank          harm if the players are auctioned and the players and the BCCI is making money out of this so called
Muscat or Western Union and that there will be a small          mockery or circus? When the whole world is after making quick bucks, why to blame BCCI or the
charge for that. What the charge was is what I asked him        Cricketers? Cricket is brand which is selling among the Indian masses, better let them en cash their
and mentioned that I am to buy RO 80 worth of Nawras            acceptance. In spite of all said and exposed corruptions, the BCCI still spends lot of money for the
prepaid cards and to go to the nearest Western Union Post       promotion of sports, not only for the cricket but for the promotion of other game too. BCCI is the only
receiving the Cheque / Code number he gives and go and          sports body in India which is giving monthly pensions to all former state and national Cricketers. It is
collect the cast.                                               unwise to outright reject the BCCI’s contributions towards sports in India. The game of cricket which
                                                                was once played only by the elite class of Indians have now become the game of the Indian masses
Now the question: is it worth and how many people are           and is being regularly played by the youths even in small villages on a regular basis as it does not
doing this and to how many people.                              require any special kind of turf unlike hockey. Its the Astro turf ground which has pushed the Indian
                                                                Hockey on the back seat.
With the current campaign by Telecommunication
Regulatory Authority (TRA)                                      The Indian national game of hockey which brought Olympic glories to the country in the past is dying
                                                                at the grass root level for the want of basic infrastructure (Astro Turf grounds) and which has nothing
I know of another friend who got a call of a similar type and   to do with BCCI. It is the job of the sports ministry and the managers of the game of Hockey in India
could be happening to many people if not reported which         to create basic infrastructure at each and every District in India so that once again the game is played
could lead to money loss for many either through Prepaid        by rural Indian youths to increase the popularity of the game and to get the Hockey back on track. The
cards or if the criminal is able to track up to the Number      bottom line is that the BCCI learnt the art of establishing their brand "CRICKET" and in cashed it’s
behind my SIM then could also lead to chocking up fat           popularity, whereas the other sports associations in India failed to establish their brands.
mobile bills for many or even removal of credit balances
from Prepaid Numbers.                                           Media always supports the brand which increases their TRP and will always be ready to support any
                                                                kind of sport which sells and brings them revenue, but the ultimate responsibility of promoting sports
Beware and spread out to your readers.                          and games lies on the shoulders of the respective associations. However It is the prime duty of the
                                                                Sports Ministry of India to closely monitor their activities in the national interest.
Balaji Sundararaman
                                                                Mohammad Osama Rawat

                                                                                                                                              May 24, 2011 Issue 171

Evo Club Take to the Road
Oman’s hugely popular Oman Mitsubishi Evo Club celebrated its first
year of operations with a drive by members in personalised Lancer
Evolution, also known as the Evo. Thirty club members took part in
the 20 car convoy that headed to the Mitsubishi’s Sur Showroom
last week down some of the Sultanate’s most stunning coastal
roads. One of Evo Club’s founding members was delighted with the
turnout. Mahir Jimshad, commented, “We established the Oman
Evo Club a year ago now with the objective of creating a group of
likeminded individuals who could gather together on a regular basis
and share experiences and exchange ideas and thinking about the
Mitsubishi Evo.” The group also serves another purpose, not only to
spread the good word about the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution amongst the people of Oman but also to highlight the importance of road safety in the country. Mahir
adds, “The creation of the club has generated tremendous interest among the Evo-owning community and we regularly meet to share ideas and compare driving
experiences. As a group, we are also increasingly working with young people to help deliver the message about safe driving here in Oman to help the efforts of
the Royal Oman Police and other organisations to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities on the roads of the Sultanate every year.”

New English Radio Station Picks Up Awards
It hasn’t yet hit the airwaves but SABCO Media’s new radio station,
Merge 104.8, has already picked up a handful of awards at one of
the region’s most prestigious advertising awards. The judging panel
at the Lynx Awards 2011 held recently in Dubai awarded Merge 104.8
two silver awards for its unique corporate identity and stationary
designs conceived by its branding agency Memac Ogilvy & Mather.
Merge 104.8 is set to launch on June 7th targeting the socially active,
multicultural community of Oman with its fun mix of music, talk and entertainment, with a philosophy that reflects the diverse cultures and tastes of Oman’s young
population. Eihab Abutaha, General Manager of SABCO Media commented, “It’s not often a brand picks up an award before it is even launched! Right from the
early planning stages of Merge 104.8, we placed great importance on getting our corporate identity just right, to ensure our image reflects the diversity of Oman.
Our branding material is equally as important as the public face of Merge 104.8, so we are thrilled to have received this recognition.” The radio station will feature
both local and international DJs catering to both contemporary and traditional cultural tastes through a rich variety of Oman-based entertainment options.

                                                                                                                                                        May 24, 2011 Issue 171

                                                                                                                                                        shot properly and are maimed rather than killed which
                                                                                                                                                        becomes another problem.” Instead, a more effective
                                                                                                                                                        and humane method of controlling the population
                                                                                                                                                        would be neutering the dogs, and many individuals are
                                                                                                                                                        stepping up to have tame wadi dogs sterelised at their

                                                                                                                                                        own expense. Peni says, “I think the best thing to do
                                                                                                                                                        with a social dog is to go and have it neutered, then it
                                                                                                                                                        is one less animal that can have a litter. It’s hard and
                                                                                                                                                        cruel but it’s probably not in our best interest to feed
                                                                                                                                                        strays on a regular basis because they lose their ability
                                                                                                                                                        to survive and become dependent.”

                                                                                                                                                        There are still many wadi dogs which have been
The wadi dog is something of a mystery for                                                                                                              domesticated looking for homes and anyone looking for
many of us in Muscat. The distinctive features                                                                                                          a pet is advised to adopt one of these loving dogs rather
(long bony limbs and prominent jaws) of the                                                                                                             than buy imported dogs from pet shops. Peni says, “If
animal make it very different to your average                                                                                                           you raise a wadi dog then it’s going to be a loving pet.
domesticated dog yet real information on this                                                                                                           They are used to the heat, because they’re mostly short
breed is lacking. Type in ‘wadi dog’ in Google                                                                                                          haired. They have a lot of energy but they know how to
and you will find plenty of local forums and                                                                                                            relax in the day. Personality wise it depends on the dog,
blogs discussing the supposed antisocial                                                                                                                but they’re usually loyal and loving.” Although many
nature of the animals, yet scientific studies                                                                                                           have tried to demonise the wild wadi dogs they are a
of temperament, mating patterns and life                                                                                                                remarkably playful and friendly animals, and as Peni
expectancy are almost non-existent. Peni                                                                                                                points out, “Most wadi dogs are good natured; dogs in
Wilson is as close to an expert on wadi dogs as     A lot of them have learnt to fish, or they eat   to notification, monitoring, veterinary            general are good natured and want companionship.
one can find in Oman; with years of experience      dead fish or garbage left on the beach from      services, prevention and control of rabies and     Wadi dogs bark and follow but it’s just out of fear. 99
in sheltering lost or injured wadi dogs, she has    picnics. They also drink water from the sea.”    regulation of vaccines. The UAE has met these      percent of the time they are not going to hurt you.”
come to learn the real nature of the animal and     Leaving a much loved family dog to a life on     conditions and has been listed by the EU.”         Although all wadi dogs deserve caution and respect,
its origins. “The desert dog, the Saluki, was       the street is of course a last option for most                                                      any sign of aggression or fear from these creatures
the original breed and there weren’t many in        people. Vet clinic windows plastered with        Prior to 1990, Oman was classed as a rabies–       is usually conditioned from their experiences with
Oman. Over the years, primarily expats, who         ‘loving dog needing good home’ posters           free country, but owing to a surge in cases in     humans. Humans have failed these animals miserably,
have gone back to countries where there is          highlight the abundance of dogs looking for      the early 90s, found mostly amongst foxes          not only from the countless acts of cruelty towards the
quarantine, released domestic breeds into the       adoption. The remarkable absence of any          and livestock, the disease has continued to        dogs that many vets in the country have witnessed,
wild. Some dog owners or others who don’t           animal refuge centre in the country means        pose a problem for the Sultanate. However,         but also through our expansion into what is essentially
realise how much time and effort is required        that many people unable to find a home for       the response from the authorities was swift        their territory. Peni explains, “It’s the same across the   Tele-Match Competitions & lot other
to look after a dog tire of ownership quickly       their dogs see no other option but to release    and comprehensive. Rabies is now under             world: Humans move into barren land and we don’t
so the dogs get dumped. As a result, over           them into the wild, hoping someone will take     control in Oman with the last reported case,       want the wild animals in our neighbourhood. The                  competitions for children
the years, the Saluki has become mixed with         pity and adopt them.                             I am told, occurring in 2007 when a fox was        biggest problem is humans cohabitating with nature.”
every kind of dog known to man” she says.
The Saluki bears remarkable similarities to         The UK, Switzerland and Australia's strict
                                                                                                     found to show signs of the disease. Bramwell
                                                                                                     confirms that “Since the start of the pet travel
                                                                                                                                                        These animals are native creatures to the country, and
                                                                                                                                                        every effort should be maintained to treat all creatures,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Buy tickets worth
the wadi dog; the most prominent shared
characteristic is its arched body. I am told
                                                    quarantine systems is another obstacle
                                                    for dog owners wanting to bring their pets
                                                                                                     scheme 11 years ago, which our records cover,
                                                                                                     there have been no incidents of quarantined
                                                                                                                                                        whether great or small, with compassion.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     RO4.800 & get FREE
by a government vet that wild dogs in the
capital are the most dissimilar to the Saluki,
                                                    back to their home countries. The six month
                                                    quarantine period not only costs pet owners
                                                                                                     dogs from Oman having rabies.” For now, in
                                                                                                     regards to the Pet Travel programme, Oman                                                                       tickets worth RO2.100
whereas in the Ad Dakhiliya region the dogs         a small fortune, but often makes them            remains an ‘unlisted third country’, and it’s
are practically thoroughbreds; at least judging     fearful that such a spell will destroy the       still unclear if this status will change in the
from their physical appearance.                     bond they have with their pets. However, as      near future. However, Bramwell adds that
                                                    frustrating as the system may be, it has been    “pets from Oman can still come into the UK
This summer, with many expatriates in Oman          successful in thwarting the scourge of rabies    via quarantine at the moment.”
uprooting and moving to other countries,            in countries such as the UK. Oman is not
there is likely to be another surge in the          included in the EU’s Pet Travel programme,       While action of some kind is urgently needed
number of domesticated dogs being left on           unlike other neighbouring countries. Peter       to control the native wadi dog population,
the streets. Combine this with the country’s        Bramwell, Press Officer for the Department       the response from the authorities remains
current wadi dog population and you have a          of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in        slow with any complaints about the dogs by
serious problem. “They have babies every six        the UK clarifies Oman’s position saying,         residents or nationals in the country usually
months and it’s not going to get better until       “For Oman to be included in the Pet Travel       meaning that the animals are shot. Peni says,
we can stop them having babies and stop             rules they would need to be listed by the EU     “The problem with shooting is that it’s not                                                                       Offer available from 1st June till 17th June
people dumping them on the streets.” The            as a third country. This means they would        done by people trained specifically for this;                                                                            Park Timings: 4p.m - 12a.m.
life expectancy of these dogs is slim. Peni tells   need to fulfil a number of criteria such as      you need to have the right position, the right                                                                    Marah Land Park in Qurum Natural Park
me, “Most of them don’t survive, or they get in     demonstrating Oman’s rabies status and that      calibre and an animal is a moving object. The                                                                             For more information, call:
                                                    certain conditions are being met relating        problem is that a lot of the dogs here are not
with a pack and learn to fend for themselves.                                                                                                                                                                          99477488 / 99652361 / 24564512
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Young Hands, Fresh Minds                                                                                                                                           FIVE IS A CHARM
The first ever Corporate Sustainability Forum was held on 18th
and 19th May, at the City Seasons Hotel, Al Khuwair. Organised
solely by the youth of AIESEC Oman to address the issue of
sustainability here in the Sultanate, the two-day event tapped
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into the evolution of CSR and sustainability, the business case for
CSR and workshops around hot topics concerning sustainability
in Oman. The aim of the event was to bring about discussions
as to how best support civil society in Oman and contribute to
the sustainable development of the country.

Speaking on the topic of sustainability in Oman, and the Forum,
Anjali Thakrar, President of AIESEC Oman, said: "AIESEC
Oman is an organisation of young, entrepreneurial, innovative
students and recent graduates who are passionate about
leadership and management. AIESEC chose to facilitate this conversation on corporate
sustainability amongst our members, as well as with our dedicated corporate and non-                                                                               In the battle between air conditioners and the scorching summer
corporate supporters and partners, to bring everyone into a common social dialogue on                                                                              heat here in the Sultanate, it’s usually the latter that succeeds.
sustainability for Oman. AIESEC aspires to facilitate a truly cross-generational conversation                                                                      However, Fujitsu General Ltd (FGL) of Japan, the manufacturers
and continuous impact by facilitating an inclusive dialogue involving all of our supportive                                                                        of General air conditioners in partnership with Khimji Ramdas have
stakeholders and our young student leaders. Through this event, we hope to engage the                                                                              bravely decided to let loose the juggernaut of the AC brigade here in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Tefal, Luminarc, Superware, Janome, Singer, Giordano, Kyoto, Korkmaz,
innovative, entrepreneurial spirit of our student membership, along with the seasoned                                                                              Oman – 5-Speed Wall Mounted Split air conditioners, armoured to
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perspective of our stakeholders, to come to a common understanding of what corporate                                                                               take on the worst weather conditions.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ruwi: 247 92343, A’Noor Street,
sustainability means in Oman, and what are the key guidelines that individuals and entities                                                                                                                                                               Qurum: 245 60135, Qurum Commercial Complex
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can follow to pursue a path towards sustainability."                                                                                                               “In this year 2011, we have developed the most powerful AC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Timings: Sat - Thur 9:30am - 1:00pm & 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Fri 4:30pm - 10:00pm
                                                                                                                                                                   again. This 5-Speed wall mounted split AC has a wide range of
“AIESEC in Oman generally aims to create a positive impact on society by developing as                                                                             fan speeds which means more efficient cooling and more comfort
many young Omanis as possible by providing them the opportunities to live leadership                                                                               for our customers. We believe that we will always be ahead of our
experiences as well as internship experiences abroad in one of the 110 countries that AIESEC                                                                       competition by virtue of our advanced technical know-how,” said J.
is present in. Through this forum AIESEC had aimed to engage as many stakeholders as                                                                               Yanagimoto, Managing Director of Fujitsu General.
possible around the topic of sustainability, to be able to raise awareness around the topic
as well as receive input to a CSR Manual that will be published in July,” Walaa Hamdan,                                                                            The newly launched AC has undergone continuous, meticulous
National CSR Project Coordinator of AIESEC in the Sultanate of Oman, tells Y.                                                                                      Research & Development and field tests in Oman and in the rest of
                                                                                                                                                                   the Gulf Region has been able to develop corrosion resistant ‘blue’
He goes on to say, “The main goals of the forum have been achieved which were to raise                                                                             fins providing longer life. Equipped to provide a powerful 5-speed
awareness amongst different stakeholder groups, engage these stakeholders in addressing                                                                            fan as opposed to the regular 3-speed that most other ACs have,
the issue, as well as creating an action plan which comes directly from society and provides                                                                       means quicker air movement and better circulation and cooling.
recommendations for implementation of sustainability on different levels.”                                                                                         Air flow is increased by a solid 30 percent and can reach up to a
                                                                                                                                                                   whooping 15 metres in length.
Antonio Lobo, AIESEC in Oman's External Relations Manager, commented on the forum
saying, “Corporate Sustainability Forum was a great event for the Omani market of today                                                                            “Khimji Ramdas Air-Conditioning Division has been associated with
to understand where we stand amongst global trends in the area of sustainability. It was        “Both AIESEC and the Corporate Sustainability Forum align          Fujitsu General for over 30 years, now. We have achieved a strong
also a great opportunity to connect the different stakeholders – from students to CSOs to       with our sustainability strategy at the Bank. Supporting the       and unique position in the Omani market by building upon the trust
corporates – on implementing and expecting sustainable practices from each other"               "future cornerstone of Oman" towards this "think tank"             that our customers and dealers repose in us. Today, General is a
                                                                                                forum is a commitment from our side. We do this not only           household name in every nook and corner of this country by virtue
Thanks to the support and encouragement from partners Middle East Partnership Initiative        through monetary but in-kind, mentorship and knowledge             of its superlative performance in harsh climatic conditions,” said
(MEPI), National Bank of Oman, The Research Council, and Aramex, the event was a                transfer. Being the first and oldest commercial Bank our           Hritik Khimji, Director, Khimji Ramdas.
success.                                                                                        sustainability program is a gift to our nation. We achieve this
                                                                                                by aiming for a vibrant economy, beautiful environment and         The new General 5 Speed Wall Mounted Split air conditioners are
                                                                                                social sustainability of Oman,” Aisha Abdullah Al Kharusi,         available at all Bait Al Ahlam outlets of Khimji Ramdas AC Division
                                                                                                Head of Strategy & CSR, National Bank of Oman tells Y.             across Oman.

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                                                                                                                                              May 24, 2011 Issue 171

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your ideal companion for weekend summer getaways and the fourth
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                                                                                        at’s                       his new v                  vibrant use of colours and tones
indeed, its selection of casual rock inspired t-shirts, beach perfect             1. wh                     e of t
                                                                                                      featur                                  creating imagery that breathes. Valentina tells me, “I     inhibited in my choice of materials.
portable seats, heat enduring drinks cooler and racing striped luggage,                         e new
                                                                                         me on model has?
                                                                                                                                              have been passionate about painting since I was a          My art work conveys passion, love
   the Mini accessories should be first on the list for any summer                 2 . na Mini                                                child, inspired by my mother who has been creating         and joy with vibrant colours that bring
         excursion. whether you’re heading for the mountains of oman,                  other                                                  astonishing paintings and drawings all her life as a       so much light into our day-to-day
                the beaches of dubai or the wadis of Jordan, these are
                         must-have items for those glorious long days in                                                                      hobby.” Her time in Oman has seen her adopt a wide         routines.” This flexibility also adds a
                             the sun.                                                                                                         variety of subject matters linked to the country’s         sense of freedom and liberation to
                                                                                                                                              environment, saying, “Since coming to Oman in              her paintings, with Valentina adding,
                                                                                                          d contact
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                                                                               email your answers, name an                                    2004, I was amazed by the beauty of the country with       “I love to experiment with different
                                   countryman, we are giving lucky readers                             .com before                            its unique architecture and breathtaking nature. With      art styles from abstract to realism,
                                      the chance to win Mini lifestyle         details to prize@y-oman                                        its warm and welcoming people, traditional houses          however, my favourite is abstract
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                                                                               June 4th 2011.                                                 on the rocky mountains, the wadis and white sandy          as it offers me freedom of expression and the viewer
                                             stay cool this summer!
                                                                                                                                              beaches, have all made Oman a painter’s paradise.”         the freedom of interpretation. It liberates and offers the viewer an opportunity to interpret the
                                                                                                                                                                                                         message as he or she sees it. It’s the freedom to interpret my paintings (and the message within) that
                                                                                                                                              Her work brings life to the fore of her landscapes         really inspires me to create.” The exhibition ends June 1st, and is part of Second Cup’s fantastic work in
                                                                                                                                              with the use of pulsating light to merge sun, sea and      promoting art in the country through regular exhibitions from Oman-based artists at their coffee shops
                                                                                                                                              sand. This is achieved by Valentina in a very ‘hands       – Valentina says she has received a great response from art lovers in the country and finishes by saying,
                                                                                                                                              on’ way, saying, “I use for my paintings whatever          “I hope that my art work will connect people, inspire, bring passion to their lives and most importantly
                                                                                                                                              comes to mind, from sand to cartons, and I am not          stimulate debate about the message within.”

                                                                                                                                              OMAN ON CANVAS
                                                                                                                                              Anjali Pawar is an artist deeply moved by her surroundings and one particular      The bluster of colours that dance from her paintings reveals a surprising degree
                                                                                                                                              country holds a special place in this painter’s heart. When she travelled to       of expressionism that projects both life and warmth. Held in the Indian Embassy
                                                                                                                                              Oman 20 years ago, Anjali fell in love with the country’s environment, culture,    Auditorium, with the inauguration ceremony starting at 7:30pm on 8th June, this
                                                                                                                                              and most of all, its people. Anjali’s first solo exhibition in Oman, entitled      is just one of many exhibitions the artist has contributed to across the world,
                                                                                                                                              ‘Expression: A Desire’, is a homage to the Sultanate and its people, with          with her paintings bought by art collectors in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, London and the
                                                                                                                                              human forms struck on canvas with a deep degree of sympathy for the artist.        USA. Be sure to check out this interesting take on Oman.

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                                                                                                                                                  May 24, 2011 Issue 171     May 24, 2011 Issue 171

Ladies, check this out                                                                                                                                                       Events                                                                           Movie Review

Imagine a hair removal technique that is 100 percent painless – a laser technique
                                                                                                                                                                             Surf, Turf & Dip BBQ Nights                                                      Fast and the Furious –
                                                                                                                                                                             Every Wednesday                                                                  In Fifth Gear
with a soothing experience, available right here in Muscat.
                                                                                                                                                                             Wondering where to spend your Wednesday evenings? The Radisson
                                                                                                                                                                             Blu Hotel Muscat has launched the ‘Surf, Turf & Dip BBQ Nights’ every
One of the biggest challenges women have when it comes to beauty is unwanted hair. You                                                                                                                                                                        What do you get when you
                                                                                                                                                                             Wednesday at the hotel’s restaurant and terrace from 6pm.
may not realise this, but there are many hair removal methods that a woman can avail of.                                                                                                                                                                      put Vin Diesel between the
This week we tried out a radical hair removal method; a dream come-true for many women                                                                                       Open Day                                                                         ‘Rock’ and a hard place? A
in Oman. Y was invited to try out the recently launched revolutionary Kaya Pain-less Laser                                                                                   25th-27th May                                                                    heck of a showdown! With
Hair Removal Technology in the region – yes painless!                                                                                                                        Help a special needs child to smile by attending the Open Day for the Creative   bulky male testosterone
                                                                                                                                                                             Center for Rehabilitation on the 25th, 26th and 27th May. Timings are from       fuelling superfast action,
Kaya Skin Clinic is of an international and classy standard; the dermatologists and skin                                                                                     4pm to 10pm. The location is right behind Muscat City Center (Seeb). For         the fifth edition of ‘Fast
practitioners are professional and their service is absolutely flawless. The service I                                                                                       more information, please call 9844 3498 or 9644 7496.                            and the Furious: Fast Five’
experienced was clean, quick and efficient; I am sure anyone who try them once, will go                                                                                                                                                                       brings the thrills, chills
back again.
                                                                                                                                                                             Book Sale                                                                        and kills of great action
                                                                                                                                                                             26th May                                                                         filmmaking to its viewers.
                                                                                                                                                                             The Dar Al Atta’a Let’s Read Campaign is holding a sale of previously
Prior to trying out this new technology, I met with Dr. Sahana Gowda, who provided me with
                                                                                                                                                                             enjoyed books at Al Qurum Complex (CCC) from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Please
general information about this new technology. She reassured me saying: “This Kaya Pain-                                                                                                                                                                      Shot in the bustling
                                                                                                                                                                             go along and find some great books at bargain prices. If you would like to
less laser is suitable for all skin types. It works on fine hair as well as dark and coarse hair.                                                                                                                                                             streets of Rio de Janeiro,
                                                                                                                                                                             donate books for their campaign, please bring them along on the day.
It is best that clients come                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Brazil, ‘Fast Five’ delivers Starring: Vin Diesel, Dwayne
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              some serious highflying, Johnson, Paul Walker, Jordana
in for a consultation first, so                                                                                                                                              Muscat Singers                                                                   lightening fast chases and a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris
we can give you an accurate                                                                                                                                                  27th May                                                                                                        "Ludacris" Bridges, Matt Schulze
idea of what results to expect                                                                      Before she applied the cooling gel, Anitha disinfected the laser         Muscat Singers presents John Rutter’s ‘Mass of the Children’ for their special   whole lot of roaring-engine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Director: Justin Lin
depending on your hair type.”                                                                       head and reassured me that it is painless but I might be feeling a       Spring Concert 2011 at TAISM School at 4pm on Friday, 27th May. Tickets          action. Director Justin Lin
She informed me, “You might                                                                         prick. Then we both put on protective dark glasses. Anitha applied       are priced at 3 rials for adults and 2 rials for students. Call 96041860 and     has been steering the franchise since ‘Tokyo Drift’ in 2006, and once
feel a little prick, but that is                                                                    a cold gel to the targeted area and started the laser. This painless     97718579 for tickets or more information.                                        again manages to capture the kick of high-speed adrenalin in the
all.”                                                                                               laser was working on an in-motion principle, she explained. She                                                                                           most creative manner.
                                                                                                    prepared the area for the laser by moving it quickly up and down         Art Exhibition
Dr. Sahana also explained                                                                           four times. Then for the last two rounds it went much slower and I       4th June                                                                         Watching WWE superstar, Dwayne Johnson, go up against an equally
                                                                                                                                                                             Check out ‘Artefacts Colour’ from the Senior School Art and Design               big Diesel is well worth watching. However, I couldn’t help but notice
that Kaya Pain-less laser uses                                                                      felt no pain!
                                                                                                                                                                             Exhibition, on Saturday, 4th June, at the Oman Society for Fine Arts, at         that Johnson appeared to be oiled up throughout the movie, almost
a new breakthrough ‘in-motion’ technology that has been described around the world as
                                                                                                                                                                             6.30pm. This exhibition is in its 8th year and is intended to support the
one of the most comfortable laser hair reductions available, and I was so excited to try it         The results were amazing, and ladies, I do promise you that I                                                                                             like he was geared up for a bout of wrestling. His wit, however, is
                                                                                                                                                                             creative work of students studying at the British School Muscat.
out. While waiting for the ‘laser room’, I filled in a general application form that basically      didn’t even feel a prick. Instead, I felt a slight tug during the last                                                                                    unmatched, and he does well to capture the audience through his
explains my skin care regime to the doctor.                                                         two rounds of the session. The Kaya Pain-less laser requires no          Art Exhibition                                                                   famed sarcasm. It still is a Diesel show, and a great one at that. Don’t
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              miss it.
                                                                                                    recovery time, which is a great plus for women who have a busy           8th June
This painless laser hair removal technology allows the surface of your skin to remain cool.         schedule. Dr Sahana welcomed me back to her office after the laser       ‘Expressions: A Desire’, is an exhibition by Anjali Pawar, at the Indian
Skin practitioner, Anitha, was the one to perform the laser hair reduction session, who is a        and informed me that except for the ultra sensitive skin around the      Embassy Auditorium. Check out this exhibition from 7.30pm from 9th June.
kind woman from Bangalore, India. Before beginning, she explained everything I needed to            eye, this laser works all over the body. For men, the most common        The exhibition will be open for viewing from 10am to 1pm and 5pm to
know about this procedure, and also how many sessions I would need. She said: “This is              areas would include beard shaping among other areas.                     9pm.
a permanent hair reduction laser, and for the best results, five sessions would be needed.”
She handed me an ‘aftercare’ card, with simple steps that I need to follow after walking            So ladies, quit the waxing, painful threading and harmful
out of Kaya. She also asked if I had any questions to ask. After wearing a mask and a pair          shaving for hair removal, and do check out Kaya Skin Clinic for
of gloves and asking if I was comfortable, Anitha performs the following steps during this          the newly introduced next generation of laser hair reduction.
20-minute session.                                                                                  For more information, please call 24601700 or log onto
                                                                                           I would like to thank Anitha, Dr. Sahana
First she simply cleaned the area that she needed to shave. Then she marked the area                and Ms. Rohita for arranging this wonderful ‘tried and tested
with a white pencil. She explains: “In this case, it is best when the client comes in without       treatment’.
practising any hair removal method at home for the area needed. Waxing wouldn’t be a
good idea before this treatment, as the wax removes the hair at the root of the follicle rather
than the surface of the skin, and we need the root to target.”


                                                                                                                                                                        “People who are
                                                                                                                                                                        mostly affected by the
                                                                                                                                                                        sun are younger kids
                                                                                                                                                                        as their skin is under
                                                                                                                                                                        formation. Older
                                                                                                                                                                        people, due to a loss of
                                                                                                                                                                        elasticity and collagen,
                                                                                                                                                                        suffer from weak skin
                                                                                                                                                                        and age spots on their
                                                                                                                                                                        face and hands,”

     Sun and the Sultanate                                                                                                                  Words Clint Derric Egbert

                                                                                                                                                    effects. Acute
                                                                                                                 se acute and chronic cumulative
                                                                             “Di rect heat from the sun can cau
                                   tanate racing towards the 50                                                    d or severe, tanning, and occasio
                                                                                                                                                     nally allergic
 With temperatures in the Sul                                                one  s are sunburn which may be mil
                                                                 ir                                                                                n to premature
                                   owners are reaching for the                                                     range from hyper-pigmentatio
 plus degree Celsius mark, car                                               rash  es too. Cumulative effects can
                                  interiors from the scorching sun                                                                            rmatologist at Kaya
 sunshades to protect their car                                                                               Dr. Sahana Ramegowda, a De
                                                               the            ageing, and skin cancers too,”                                     ormal growth of
                                 an. However, this should be                                                   Skin cancer is basically an abn
 rays experienced here in Om                                                  Skin Clinic in Oman tells Y.
                                 people should be more concer
                                                               ned                                                                              the world today; it
 least of their worries; instead                                                                               st common forms of cancer in
                                                                              skin cells, and is one of the mo
                                                                                                                                               carcinoma, and the
  about protecting their skin.                                                                               cell carcinoma, Squamous cell
                                                                              comes in three forms – Basal
                                                                       g       most deadly of them all, Melan
                                        important element in keepin
     Even though the sun is an
                                                                      te                                                                       to make a constant
                                     s like insomnia, chronic or acu                                           t cure, and so it is important
     good health, fighting disease                                            Prevention is always better tha
                                                                        ,                                                                       ere are many ways
                                        m absorption in the intestines                                         overexposure to the sun. “Th
     depression, assisting in calciu                                          effort to protect yourself from
                                                                      od                                                                           monly discussed
                                       osteoporosis, improving blo                                            intense sunlight. The most com
     preventing rachitism and                                                 to protect ourselves from the
                                                                    erol                                                                     es, given the climate
                                       ssure and normalising cholest                                         ndatory for all the skin typ
      circulation, pulse, arterial pre                                        is sunscreens, which are ma
                                                                       to                                                                       the sun, and to be
                                        er benefits – it’s imperative                                            minutes before exposure to
      levels along with many oth                                               of Oman. Applied at least 20
                                                                      , is                                                                          generously and
                                       anything, in this case the sun                                            ideal. They have to be applied
      remember that too much of                                                re-applied every 3-4 hours, is
                                          cause skin cancer.                                                                                                terproof
       never good. Too much sun can                                                                                         face, neck, ear and hands. Wa
                                                                               diligently to all the exposed areas like the
                                                                                                                                                        ies which is
                                                                                                                        ch use or other outdoor activit
                                                                               sunscre ens have to be applied for bea


                                                    d be suitable for most skin types.
likely to induce sweating. SPF factor of 15-30 woul
                                                 rotective clothing helps. Hats and
Avoidance of midday sun and practical, sun-p
                                                   ick sunscreens are easily available
umbrellas also provide moderate protection. Lipst
                                                    e. Using sunglasses which block
and must be a part of sun protection programm
                                                  ows also reduce the radiation, thus
 both UV-A and UV-B rays help too. Tinted wind
                                                      ses,” Dr. Sahana advises.
 forming a preventive step in sunlight induced exces

                                                   iated with the development of
Long hours of exposure to the sun is closely assoc
                                                  n age spots, blotchiness, leathery
malignant changes in the skin, like winkles, brow
                                                cases of sunburn. Swelling, blisters,
and sagging skin, reddened skin, and in extreme
                                                     xposure to the sun.
peeling and itching are also common effects of overe

                                                     ing and Skincare Centre here in
 Skin therapist, Hana Al Fadhil, from Hana Slimm
                                                    ed from the sun is the face as it is
 Oman says, “The first obvious area that gets affect
                                                      is thinner compared to the rest
 the least covered part of the body. Since face skin
                                                     to redness and problematic skin.
 of the body it can get sensitive, which might lead
                                                   ed from the sun is the back of the
 Another part of the body that can also be affect
                                                  get burned and itchy. Due to direct
 neck due to poor blood circulation the area can
                                                   g, can lead to dry and dark skin.”
 exposure from the sun to the hands, while drivin

                                                        the skin, but the hair and eyes
  Direct, excessive exposure to sun affects not only
                                                     ion of the skin are both common
  as well. While sunburn and excessive pigmentat
                                                    on the hair. Evidence is present to                                            Hana al FadHil
  effects, it may also lead to a ‘bleaching’ effect
                                                     formation and excess sun exposure.                                                   Skin Therapist
  show the increasing association between cataract                                                                     Hana Slimming and Skincare Centre
                                                      lence of skin problems related to
  During the summer there is an increased preva
                                                         incidence of fungal infections,
  direct sun exposure. Other problems like increased

                                                                                                                             . The heat, humidity,
                                                                           hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) are also noted
                                                                           occlusive clothing, all are contributory factors.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ant sunscreens. Non-chemical
                                                                                                                           nt and 80 percent of all                                                               . The first is       gel sunscreens. Swimmers must use more water resist
                                                                           Scientists have shown that between 75 perce                                         There are two options to go for with sunscreens                                                                         rant to sunscreens and babies less
                                                                                                                               n turns 18-years of age.                                                           opaque form          sunscreens are useful for persons who are intole
                                                                           lifetime exposure to the sun happens before a perso                                 physical or inorganic, which is a rather thick and                                                                           for the use of sunscreens.
                                                                                                                           to cover up their children                                                                zinc oxide        than a year old,” says Dr. Sahana, who is completely
                                                                           This means that parents have a responsibility                                       of sunscreen that contains titanium dioxide and
                                                                                                                             younger than six months           that plays a key role in scattering the UV radia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 tion from the
                                                                           and teach them good sun safety habits. Children                                                                                                                                                                  ways to beat the heat: “Around
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 protection, it        Apart from sunscreens, Dr. Sahana tells us of other
                                                                           shouldn't be exposed to the sun at all.                                             sun. Although a very effective method of sun                                                                                earth between 10am and 2pm.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  to sunscreen         65 percent of the total UV radiation reaches the
                                                                                                                                                               does get rather messy. For a neater approach                                                                               h causes pigmentation. It would
                                                                                                                            younger kids as their skin                                                                 effective.      Midday radiation is also high in UVA rays, whic
                                                                            “People who are mostly affected by the sun are                                     application, then chemical sunscreens are also quite                                                                          times. Mild sunburns can be
                                                                                                                            of elasticity and collagen,                                                            lar that the        be prudent to avoid direct sun exposure at those
                                                                            is under formation. Older people, due to a loss                                     This is the reason for them being more popu                                                                               ally and oral analgesics. Severe
                                                                                                                                 and hands,” confirms                                                                   not only       initially treated at home with emollients topic
                                                                            suffer from weak skin and age spots on their face                                   conventional inorganic ones. Chemical sunscreens                                                                            d by a doctor. Cool compresses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ction against       sunburns need topical steroids and are best treate
                                                                            Hana.                                                                               block out UVB radiation but also provide prote                                                                            protection. Cotton clothes, light
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       also help. Clothing does provide moderate sun
                                                                                                                                                                both UVA and UVB.                                                                                                         beat the summer heat by helping
                                                                                                                              are on medications (like                                                                                  coloured clothes are practical, and a good way to
                                                                            “People with photo sensitive disorders, those who                                                                                                                                                                 es and wools are best avoided
                                                                                                                            necessary and those with                                                                 to prevent         to absorb the excessive perspiration. Synthetic cloth
                                                                            tetracyclines), where sun protection becomes                                        “Sunscreens have undoubtedly been shown
                                                                                                                             Sahana.                                                                               ne application       in summer.”
                                                                            outdoor jobs have to be more vigilant,” adds Dr.                                    ultraviolet rays induce skin damage. Regular routi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        nt of skin
                                                                                                                                                                of sunscreens does decrease the risk of developme                                                                        sure you cover up well and apply
                                                                                                                                  apply the right sunscreens                                                           in type 4,       So during the coming summer months make
                                                                             The safest way to protect oneself from the sun is to                               cancers. While skin cancers are extremely rare                                                                                 skin, because in a fight against
                                                                                                                                      (UV) radiation from                                                               on in the       enough sunscreen before leaving home. Protect your
                                                                             that assist in blocking out the harmful ultraviolet                                5, 6 (the darker skin types), they are quite comm                                                                           a battle that you are surely going
                                                                                                                                    ingredients, sunscreens                                                           colour, blue      the powerful force of the sun’s UV radiation, it is
                                                                             attacking the skin. Containing active chemical                                      fairer skin populations (persons with lighter skin                                                                           skin is the largest organ in the
                                                                                                                                  gh methods of absorption,                                                         reens is vital.     to lose without the right assistance and care. The
                                                                             provide the proper protection from the sun throu                                    eyes, reddish hair, freckles). A selection of sunsc                                                                            all; protecting is its duty, and
  dr. SaHana ramegOwda
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          for fairer    human body and one of the most important of them
  Dermatologist                                                              reflection and the scattering of UV radiation.                                      Sunscreens with a higher SPF would be more suited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      water based        protecting it is yours.
  Kaya Skin Clinic                                                                                                                                               skin types. Persons with oily skin will benefit from
                                                                                                                                                  Why did you establish Dar El Oyoun in Oman?
                                                                                                                                                  Oman is a beautiful country, and we find ourselves at
                                                                                                                                                  home here. This is probably because of the long lasting
                                                                                                                                                  relationship between Egypt and Oman. Of course, we
                                                                                                                                                  don’t have any language barrier here, as it is important
                                                                                                                                                  that we communicate in Arabic with the locals here.
                                                                                                                                                  Eighty percent of any successful treatment is usually
                                                                                                                                                  if the patient understands exactly what is being done
                                                                                                                                                  to them. So in this case, being Arabic speakers is a big
                                                                                                                                                  help for the patients in Oman. We found that there are a
                                                                                                                                                  lot of thermalogical diseases here, especially ones that
                                                                                                                                                  are hereditary, so there was a need to start a centre in
                                                                                                                                                  Muscat. Many Omanis would go to Iran or India to get
                                                                                                                                                  their eyes treated, and that is hard because surgeries
                                                                                                                                                  need a follow up. Some of the diseases need a follow
                                                                                                                                                  up for a long period of time, and that is why we are
                                                                                                                                                  here to do the treatment instead. Today, with all the eye
                                                                                                                                                  laser services available in Oman, even through other
                                                                                                                                                  eye centres, there is no need to travel abroad for eye
                                                                                                                                                  treatment. There is no doubt that the doctors abroad
                                                                                                                                                  are excellent, but following up is important.

                                                                                                                                                  What kind of patients do you encounter mostly?
                                                                                                                                                  There are two factors that we can emphasise on: first
                                                                                                                                                  are the hereditary diseases that we frequently encounter    Dar El Oyoun is planning to expand, but like any good brand they
                                                                                                                                                  and secondly there are many problems due to the             want to keep excellent services. Dar El Oyoun is big on giving
                                                                                                                                                  climate, which is common throughout the Middle East.        back to society, and has been supportive of eye checkups for

  Sight Set on Success
                                                                                                                                                  The most common patients include diabetic patients          job applicants in the military and police. Dr. Ahmed graciously
                                                                                                                                                  and also those who want to correct their eyesight.          ends the interview with tips for this hot weather; this is what
                                                                                                                                                                                                              you need to do to keep your eyes out of trouble:

                                                                                              Words Karima Farid | Photography Jerzy Wierzbicki
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • With this kind of humidity and temperature you should wear
                                                                                                                                                                                                                protective UV sunglasses.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Wash your eyes and face with cold water
Our eyes work from the moment we wake            to date on advances in the medical world      Oman. We are not one group, but we have a                                                                      • Don’t stand in front of the AC as this increases the risk of
up in the morning, until we close them to        through conferences. He participates and      communication with them. Our mission here                                                                        dryness of the eyes and any burning sensation.
sleep in the night. Eyes take in plenty of       shares his expertise with other professors    is to provide services for the Sultanate of                                                                    • Try to keep your house ventilated.
information about the world around us,           all over the world. He said, “If you miss     Oman, and then our next plan is to operate                                                                     • For those who swim or work in the sea, you need to take care
so don’t our eyes deserve the best care?         one conference, you will feel instantly       throughout the Gulf. We aim to provide                                                                           more as the sun is vertical, so try and stay under shade as
Summer is here, and among many things            ancient.”                                     services to all parts of the Sultanate, as                                                                       much as you can.
this time of year, the heat can affect our                                                     the Omani population here is centralised in
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Try your best not to scratch your eye, as this weakens the
eyes.                                            Check out this interview with Dr. Ahmed       parts that are far from each other. So we
                                                                                                                                                                                                                cornea. If it continues, wash your eye with cold water, and if
                                                 Reda from Dar El Oyoun Eye Laser              try our level best to reach them instead of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                that doesn’t help, please consult an eye doctor.
Dr. Ahmed Reda is the Center Director of         Center.                                       them coming to us, as it can be difficult for
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Contact lens users: Please cut down the hours that you use
Dar El Oyoun Eye Laser Centers in Oman.                                                        them.
He holds a fellowship from The Royal             What is your role in Dar El Oyoun?                                                                                                                             your lenses by up to half. If you need to wear them for longer,
College of Physicians and Surgeons of            Besides being a senior consultant, I am                                                                                                                        use a lubricant to avoid dryness.
Glasgow. Dr. Ahmed obtained his Masters          also the Director of the Centers. So far      What kind of services do you provide
degree and Ph.D in Ain Shams University.         we have a Center in Muscat and a newly        here?                                                                                                          Visit your eye doctor at least once a year. An eye check up
He is one of the few Arabs in the panel          opened one in Al Buraimi. We also have        We are handling and managing all of our                                                                        is easy and simple, and can protect you from a disaster. If
of examiners for the Royal College of            a clinic agreement with Sur, in a private     thermological problems and diseases.                                                                           you diagnose a problem early, then there is a way out. The
Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, and          hospital to perform surgeries there.          With the eye we treat starting from the                                                                        Glaucoma patients go through irreversible blindness and
maybe even the youngest.                                                                       cosmetics, to the lids and up to the retina,                                                                   this can be saved if diagnosed early. I would like to thank Dr.
                                                 Tell us a little bit more about Dar El        the cataract, the glaucoma and the squint.                                                                     Ahmed for his precious time, which he took out from his very
Dr. Ahmed is proud to be an Egyptian,            Oyoun.                                        We deal with all the areas of the eye. We                                                                      busy schedule to meet us. It was our utmost pleasure to visit
and has been in Oman since 2007. His             As I mentioned before, we started in          perform surgeries which include corrective
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dar El Oyoun Eye Laser Center, and we wish them all the best.
wife is a doctor too (a Pathologist) and he      2007. Unfortunately, three days before        surgeries and LASIC. Basically, we deal
                                                                                                                                                                                                              For more information, please call 24566030.
has three kids who he misses dearly. Dr.         Gonu. Actually Dar El Oyoun is a group of     with everything to do with the eyes. We are
Ahmed is a frequent traveller, but this is not   hospitals and centres in the Middle East.     planning to expand in the next six months to
for leisure. Instead he travels to keep up       They are located in Egypt, Sharjah and        one year to different parts of the Sultanate.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Omani, with 90 percent Omanisation            The dates in Al Taybat dates factory
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               of staff. Ahmed brings the dates from         undergo a must process until they get
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Ibri, Barka, Nizwa and Minh and other         to the market. With a production which
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Wilayats.                                     varies from 200 kilogrammes to half a
                                                                                                                                                              The importance of dates cultivation in Oman cannot be                                                          tonne a day, this factory is usually very
                                                                                                                                                              ignored as nearly 75 percent of the area allocated to tree       We ask Ahmed, what makes the Omani            busy. After storing the dates in large
                                                                                                                                                              crops, is indeed dominated by the date palm. We have a           dates unique, and he says: “There are         fridges, they sterilize it which is a six day
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             process. Then, the dates are thoroughly

                                                                                                                                                              handful of factories in Oman that harvest and process dates      many types of Omani dates, but the
                                                                                                                                                              locally to distribute and supply, and we were invited to check   best kind for developing in our factory       washed by a long machine that sprays
                                                                                                                                                              out Al Taybat Dates Factory.                                     would be the ‘fardh’ date. This kind          the dates with a force of water, then a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               of date bears production within the           force of air that pushes the water down
                                                                                                                                                              Al Taybat Dates Factory was established in 2003, by a            factory. Khalas and khanaizi, are the         instead of drying it. The dates can then
                                                                                                                                                              family that was already in this kind of business, generation     finest kinds of dates, but cannot bear        be minced, immediately being worked
                                                                                                                                                              to generation. Ahmed Ismail Al Mahdi and his family are the      production and have to be dealt with          on or even mixed with other ingredients.

of the crop
                                                                                                                                                              proud owners of this factory. It is located in the Wilayat Al    extra care to the extent that if we would     Another machine removes the seeds,
                                                                                                                                                              Seeb, to be closer to the distribution market and date farms     leave it an extra day on the tree, it will    while another mashes it. There are so
                                                                                                                                                              in Al Batinah and Al Dakhliyah regions.                          automatically go bad. Of course, we           many ways to deal with dates!
                                                             Words Karima Farid | Photography Jerzy Wierzbicki                                                                                                                 use all kinds of dates here but prefer to
                                                                                                                                                              Ahmed tells us about his beginnings saying: “We, as a family,    use the ‘fardh’, which has a shine of its     Today, along with all kinds of date
                                                                                                                                                              have been in the ‘sweets’ business for a long time. My father    own after washing, as it is in demand,        packaging and distributing, Al Taybat
According to, it is a rather common site to          The season as he explains starts in          the old days, the man who waters and         used to work on a seasonal basis, so then we thought of          locally or internationally for packaging.”    houses a mini bakery, participates in
witness in any home around the Sultanate, a local eating            May with naghal, which is the first          keeps the trees clean would be paid in       having this business constant, instead of a seasonal one.                                                      local exhibitions and celebrations. Al
dates and drinking Omani coffee spiced with cardamom and            date of the season. This early crop          dates from each tree that he took care       The first thing that sprung to mind was dates, as the Ministry   Building experience is something that         Taybat offers choco-dates mixed with
rose water. The date is thought to be one of the world’s oldest     is sensitive to humidity and thrives         off. This enabled the family to sell or      of Agriculture and Fisheries at the time was very supportive     Ahmed is extremely proud of, as year          nuts and dried fruits, which I must add
cultivated fruits, and Middle Eastern people have included          best in the heat. Manzaj, manhi and          consume the dates and it was quite a         of farmers and those who wanted to deal with dates, so we        after year, things for the factory have       taste delicious. They also have date
dates as part of their diet for the longest time. Date production   qashkantara are what come next. Then         popular job. At the time that falajs run,    began working with dates, and have been ever since.”             been getting better. He tells us: “Now        vinegar and date syrup, and without
in the world is only confined to a few countries, and most of       the date season moves to Fardh, then         the trees needed to be watered once                                                                           when we buy things from the market,           doubt are excellent in the diversity of
them are Arab countries according to                  to the popular Khunaizi and Khalas,          a week, but now it is more frequent,         Between 2005 and 2006, Al Taybat for Packing and                 we know exactly what we need to make          products. All their products have a one
                                                                    which are by all means the crème de la       maybe even once every three days.”           Distributing Dates started a new line, as they began coating     our production go forward. There was a        year expiry date, and Ahmed ensures
In Oman, dates are very important to us. According to               crème of dates in the Sultanate today.                                                    dates with chocolate. Then in the year 2007, they started        time when an Omani would buy dates            that samples of everything they produce, a date palm tree produces up to 270 lbs             Khalas is the most valuable crop and         Saif explains that the fruit date is used    making chocolate as well as distributing dates. Ahmed            in a bag, and today we have packaging,        are always kept for testing against the
of dates, either exported or consumed on the spot. Many             is among the most delicious. Khunazi,        as fruitage, date honey and chocolate.       explained how he has been dealing with the market saying         so we have been advancing. Our                heat, and quality assurance.
different businesses in different Wilayats and in Muscat are        which happens to be my favourite, is         The seeds can be used for coffee.            (smiling): “Our dates have been in the market since 2003,        machinery has also been getting better
dealing with dates. We were fortunate to speak with Saif bin        cultivated all over the Sultanate.           Other uses of different parts of the tree    in many shopping centres and filling stations. But because       as we have been visiting different            I would like to thank Ahmed and his
Hamdoon Al Touqi, who knows about dates better than we do,                                                       trunk, stem and leaves can be used           we only distribute, and our choco-dates are extremely tasty,     exhibitions to bring back the best            family for allowing our cameras into
whereas his love for his country Oman outshines everything          Varieties Barni, Qashtabaq and               for baskets, mats, cooking fuel, ropes,      many assume that they are imported but they are indeed           machinery. Initially, some machinery          his factory and his gracious hospitality,
else. He tells us a little bit more information about dates and     Handhal all come out during the months       building material, cleaning and even         made locally. Many flower shops and chocolate shops in           was given to us by the Ministry of            and I wish them a happy date season!
their benefits: “The date tree is one of the few trees in the       July and August. Then the season             after the tree dies, for a house ceiling     Oman do buy from us, but of course have their own logo           Agriculture and Fisheries in Oman,            I would also like to thank the staff for
world, which can benefit us 100 percent. Both human and             starts closing with khasab, zabad and        or car park.                                 instead, which is okay with me because I am the supplier and     and was a great support.” One of the          their cooperation, and allowing me to
livestock can benefit from this high-energy food. Dates come        ends with hilali in September. Hilali has                                                 I have no issues about this.”                                    biggest challenges they experience            try a few chocolate date tricks. If you
in three colours which are yellow, red and orange. Dates are        60 percent sugar content. Naturally,         I would like to thank Saif bin Hamdoon Al                                                                     is to keep Omani staff in place. Some         would like to get in touch with Al Taybat,
seasonal fruit; they start in May up to around the beginning        the male tree cannot harvest fruit on its    Touqi for his time and for this invaluable   Ahmed is the one that manages Al Taybat Dates, and his           individuals, after a great deal of training   please call 24425554 and they will be
of September. There are many varieties of dates, but all fall       own, and only an expert can fertilise the    information on dates.                        son Assad takes care of the marketing side of things. That is    simply quit, and this causes problems         glad to hear from you.
under two categories, ‘ratab’ when half ripe, and ‘seh’ when        male and female tree. Saif tells us: “In                                                  how we came across this factory in the first place, when we      and issues with the work flow.
fully ripe.”                                                                                                                                                  met Assad in a local exhibition. This business is 100 percent
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                                                                                                                                                     a, COOL-Technology eastie Boys. .                               Not so incy,
Clint Derric Egbert
                                                                                                                                                  Kim Kardashian, TheslaB| Photography. Jerzy Wierzbicki            not so wincy,
                                                                                                                                                   and a V10? Words. Kiran Jay Ha m                                    Spyder.

  Zoomy Handheld Digital Microscope
  If Sherlock holmes’ magnifying glass doesn’t do
  the job for you, then the Zoomy handheld Digital             Hoyos Eyelock USB Iris Scanner Eye-dentifier
  microscope is sure to make a good replacement. This          As much as people brag about fingerprint recognition, there is no
  device is so simple to operate that a child can use          comparing it to the convenience and accuracy of the Iris scanner – and
  it, and can magnify an object by 35 to 53 times, as          besides, it looks way cooler. So, if you’re looking for a funkier way to secure
  compared to the naked eye. handheld, the device is           your computer, then the hoyos Eyelock uSB Iris Scanner Eye-dentifier is the
  portable and very effective; usage too is simple – you       way to go. The device can be easily connected to a computer via uSB and
  turn the top to shuffle focus and with a press of a          will request the user to scan the iris of the eye. If the match is positive then
  button you can capture still images as well as videos,       the computer unlocks and if not, well then, all the best getting this device
  which can later be uploaded to the computer via a            started as it is extremely difficult to fool. For more information, go to
  uSB outlet. For the price of $59.99 (23 rials) you 
  can now explore the world in greater detail. For more
  information, go to
                                                            Genius Ring Mouse
                                                            It’s hard to imagine how the Taiwanese managed to shrink a computer mouse
                                                            to fit the size of a finger, but somehow they have managed it. This looks set
  HDHomeRun                                                 to pave the way for further convenience and flexibility with most suitable web
  Finally, hDhomerun brings us closer to a wire-free        browsers, also making picture and video viewing a breeze. The
  lifestyle, providing a method to view and stream          new genius ring mouse is just what its name suggests – it’s
  live hDTV on macs or pCs via a TV antenna or              a ring, which has a working range of up to 10 metres and
  digital cable. we owe this convenience to the latest      runs smoothly achieving a movement sensitivity of                                                           If Yoda worked at my local garage, he’d
                                                                                                                                                                   probably say, “In you I sense deeply the
  technology from SiliconDust, a tuner that effortlessly    upto 1,000 dpi. It works just like a regular mouse,                                                  coupé-bias does run…” and then he’d probably
  distributes live feeds to various computers at the        but only much smaller in size and more flexible.                                                        tack on his signature “Hmmm?” I am usually
  same time. The device also allows users to record         priced at $69.99 (27 rials), this device                                                                  not overly enthused by cabriolets, and
                                                                                                                                                                      find myself forever wanting to jump in
  their favourite TV programmes on their computers          can be connected to a computer via
                                                                                                                                                                      the coupé variant instead. Audi’s R8 V10
  for later use. no more scrambling for the remote          uSB and is compatible with various                                                                        Spyder certainly marks a turning point in
  either, because now dad can watch TV while you            applications such as Internet                                                                             my automotive fanaticism, for I am now
  watch something completely different on your mac          Explorer, windows media player,                                                                           rather excited by the roof being stowed
                                                                                                                                                                      away, the unimpeded universe all around
  or pC. priced at $179.95 (69 rials) a pop, this baby is   windows picture and Fax Viewer, and                                                                       me, and the clone army residing in the V10
  definitely worth the money and the peace! For more        Adobe reader. For more information,                                                                      that I am throttling with my right foot. The
  information, go to                        go to                                                                           latter is insisting I neglect gravity and hurl
                                                                                                                                                   myself towards the horizon line, so I listen, and within 4
                                                                                                                                                   seconds I am breaking the speed limit.
                                                                                                                                                       After repeatedly dropping the hammer I realise that this
                                                                                                                                                   supercar, essentially a cabriolet Gallardo thinly disguised
                                                                                                                                                   as an Audi R8, is perhaps even better than its raging bull
                                                                                                                                                   sibling. Why? Because it’s a touch softer ‘round the edges, a
                                                                                                                                                   heck of a lot less “look at me I’m exotic!” and just downright
                                                                                                                                                   superb to drive. With a 5.2-litre V10, it’s not so incy;
                                                                                                                                                   screaming out 525 hp and redlining at 8700 rpm, it’s not so
                                                                                                                                                   wincy; and with the roof down a raucous note bellows out
                                                                                                                                                   to the heavens above. It is sublime as you rocket towards a
                                                                                                                                                   313 km/hr top speed. This is the new 2011 Audi R8 Spyder,
                                                                                                                                                   and finally, I have fallen for a supercar that is not a coupé.
                                                                                                                                                                             Audi R8 V10 SpydeR

                                                       in the seats by reflecting infrared radiation and
                                                       reducing surface temperatures by as much as 20
                                                       degrees Celsius. We left the top down last week
                                                       in Oman’s 40+ afternoon sun and can vouch for
                                                       the effectiveness of this treatment.
                                                           The ‘monoposto’ styling keeps all of the
                                                       controls within reach, and the 6-speed R Tronic
                                                       transmission is glorious. Automatic shifts are
                                                       seamless and if you want to hang about in gear
                                                       for a particular attack pattern you can use the
                                                       tiny tap-friendly paddles that are neatly tucked
                                                       behind the steering wheel. I would probably opt
                                                       for the R Tronic over the 6-speed manual in this
                                                       vehicle – yes, again another departure from my
                                                       norm, however, in the Spyder you cannot fault
                                                       the rather clever shifting technology and the
                                                       fuel consumption figures that follow in tow.
                                                       The sports seats are outstanding; hugging you
                                                       tightly they are infinitely adjustable. My only
                                                       suggestion would be that the manufacturer
                                                       include ventilated seat technology as standard
                                                       in cars destined for the Middle East market.
                                                           I didn’t really tinker with the Bang & Olufsen
                                                       12-speaker, 10-channel 465watt surround sound
                                                       system. In fact, I only had it on briefly to hook
                                                       up Bluetooth connectivity - which is always
                                                       über-easy in an Audi, and awesomely stable.
                                                       Audi have incorporated three microphones into
                                                       the seatbelts on the R8 to ensure you can be
                                                       heard clearly even with the top down. From all
                                                       accounts the fidelity of the B&O is stunning, but
                                                       to be honest, with the top either down or up,
                                                       the engine note is so magnificent that any other
                                                       distraction to this majestic soundtrack would
                                                       simply not do.
                                                           The ceramic braking system found on the
    The R8 is a cracking vehicle; so nimble, so        2011 Spyder offers an extremely long service life
dynamic. Mated to a preposterously enormous            as well as immense stopping power, but that is
engine like this, it is near legendary. The steering   the kind of technology you’ll find on any run-of-
is exemplary; streams of information surge             the-mill supercar. What really is exciting is the
through your grip and up into your forearms.           double-Z roof folding mechanism comprising of
Deviating from a straight line at high speed           800 parts that took three years to develop down
is utterly addictive. The vehicle’s handling           in Ingolstadt. At the push of a button it folds
characteristics belie its slightly porky 1795kg        the fabric hood away in 19 seconds and can be
frame - it is crisp and precise. Under power,          operated at speeds of up to 50km/h. The car
the all-wheel-drive running gear does not make         is a design masterpiece with both the roof up
the car’s responsiveness murky in the slightest.       or stowed away. The wide front end, low stance
Hustle it into a turn, stay on the throttle and you    and sculpted sidelines taper up to an enticing
can really pitch the car around; it presumably         rear end; it's a silhouette that even outguns Kim
oozes sticky sweet supercar juice all over the         Kardashian. Cue the Beastie Boys: “Professor,
tarmac at moments like this. The intelligent           what’s another name for Pirate treasure?”
Quattro system snatches you up and drags you               Well, Mike D, MCA and Ad-rock, I think it’s
around safely, suggesting to anyone outside of         Spyder.
the car that you know what you are doing – as if           The nomenclature is actually a little
you're in control. On the inside it is pretty easy     nonsensical, largely due to the fact that, contrary       So what makes a Spyder a Spyder? If I had to sum it
to stay comfortable and confident at excessive         to the Germans, we pronounce Spyder the same          up, I’d say it is any vehicle that is true to a philosophy of
speed. It is like a magic machine that suits both      as we would pronounce the term commonly used          lightweight mid-engine sports car design: incorporating a
the novice and the expert driver.                      for Arachnida arthropods; “spider” as opposed         ‘monoposto’ style cockpit, with two little bumps sitting
    Although performance is at the fore,               to “Shpeedah”. Wiki-anyone-can-post-stuff-            behind the heads of the occupants over the rear deck
comfort is key in this Audi. So how does the           up-and-edit-it-as-if-it-is-the-gospel-truth-pedia     lid. Think “historic James Dean 550 racing portrait”, and
manufacturer keep the seats cool in top-down           suggests Italian origins for a word denoting          you’ve got it in one. Think “Audi R8 V10 Spyder”, and
form under the Middle East’s blistering sun?           “speed and air”, and some books even go as            you’ve got it in two. Audi has undoubtedly nailed it, yet
COOL-Technology. Audi started it back in 2009          far as to suggest that horses pulling carriages       again. It is almost a week since my stint behind the wheel of
with their A5 and S5 convertibles. Billed as           with two large rear wheels and two small front        the R8 Spyder, and much to the detriment of those around
‘leather seats with heat protection’ it’s basically    wheels may have looked like a spider, especially      me in our office, I am still reliving my experience. With
a special pigment injected into the leather used       with two brass lanterns hanging off the front.        lots of “waaahhs”, “b’voooms”, “eeeeks”, “baaahhs” and
to trim the R8 and it impedes heat building up                                                               “roaarrgghhs” thrown in for good measure.                                  35
     Words & Photography Clint Derric Egbert

Building Bridges to greener pastures
The Oman Football Association surges                          courses on offer are Coaching, Refereeing, Football Industry Management,
forward successfully establishing the Middle                  Sports Turf Technology, Sports Law and Sports Photography.
East’s first Football Institute
                                                              Liverpool’s Managing Director, Ian Ayre, confirmed the club’s support saying,      Backing Black
Teaming up with English Premier League giants Liverpool       “As a football club we always strive to find important partners and important
FC, The OFA, in partnership with the Modern College of        opportunities in a market like Oman. To get this right we have to invest for       It’s been a long and rocky journey for karate
Business and Science and Kickworldwide, has established       the long term and in the right areas. As a highly successful football club with    here in Oman since 1977. It’s a sport that
the Middle East’s first Football Institute.                   great heritage and a historic level of success, this is very much an opportunity   has witnessed many ups and downs over the
                                                              to share our experience across all the disciplines of the game, not just the       decades, and although see-sawing initially,
Come September the Kickworldwide Oman FA Institute,           playing side. Anyone who has ever been to Anfield to watch one of our              today it has finally overcome several bumps in
which is based in the Modern College campus in Al             games will tell you that what we have here is unique. Our fans are and always      the road to become one of the most recognised
Khuwair, will deliver a range of unique courses for keen      have been innovative, inclusive and often break from tradition. The more of        and appreciated arts in the country. The Oman
footballers in the country to avail of. Backed by the         that type of unique approach we can export and include in our developing           Karate-Do Centre situated in Al Khuwair stands as testament    After 30 seconds of silence and prayer in dedication to the victims of the
English Football Association and a number of leading          overseas ambitions the better chance we have of long term success and              to the progress karate has made over time.                     recent Japan catastrophe, the ceremony was underway. Showcasing a
UK colleges, the Institute looks set to enhance and           successful partnerships in this or any overseas market.”                                                                                          detailed presentation of the history of karate in Oman (which makes you
improve further the infrastructure of football here in the                                                                                       Last weekend, The Oman Karate-Do Centre and the Oman           realise just how much it has progressed over the years), Sensei Farid then
country. The Institute offers, thorough education and         Most of the courses are UK accredited two year diplomas that promise to            Japan Friendship Association invited Y to cover the 26th       requested his students to display some of the karate skills they have learnt
training in the sport of football, a range of other career    provide the youth of Oman with comprehensive learning opportunities and            Black Belt Graduation Ceremony, under the auspices of HE       under his vigilant guidance, before the certificates were handed out to
opportunities for the youth of Oman and wider regions;        up-to-date qualifications, allowing them to make progress in the world’s           Shiekh Rashad bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Hinai, Sayyid          recipients who have tirelessly worked towards achieving this honour. The
so much so that the Institute aims at playing a significant   fastest growing industries in the region, sport. We at Y encourage all young       Nasser bin Salim Al Busaidi, and Mr. Shinichi Yamanaka,        journey had been long and hard, yet fun in the end.
role in equipping local youth with the right skills for the   sports enthusiasts to take full advantage of this outstanding service in order     Counsellor (Deputy Head of Mission), Embassy of Japan.
many employment opportunities coming up in the build          to pave their way into the future of sports, inside and out of the country.                                                                       Karate has come a long way, but there is so much more that can be done
up to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Some of the many                                                                                              “I am proud that this is the 26th time we held this kind of    for the art here in Oman. “We hope that one day we will have sustainability,
                                                                                                                                                 ceremony. Currently, there are over 1500 karate enthusiasts,   and a Karate Federation, in order to raise the standard of our competitors
                                                                                                                                                 also karate teachers from Sho-Dan to Roku-Dan. There are       and raise the standard of our referees and instructors, and ultimately be
                                                                                                                                                 over 30 clubs in Oman and we are proud to have the support     part of bigger family with international karate federations around the
                                                                                                                                                 of a government committee to regulate karate. Also, last but   world and to expand this healthy sport culture,” Sensei Farid says.
                                                                                                                                                 not least, we have the continuous support of the Embassy
                                                                                                                                                 of Japan,” says Sensei Farid.                                  We at Y do hope to see karate grow even further here in Oman and wish
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sensei Farid and his new black belt graduates the very best in their future

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                              Charlotte Varley
                              Wow a new radio station...didnt even know there was going to be
                                                                                        April 25, 2011
                                                                                                KFWS • MindGym
                              one so now we have a choice wohoooo......please anything better
                              than people rambling on about random rubbish :)

                              Sangeeta Sundaresan
                              i think with the launch of a new radio station in Oman .. listening
                              to music on the radio should be more fun... i hope the new channel
                              offers music lovers an array of different genre. i am really looking
                              forward to tuning into the new channel & grooving to some funky
                              good luck sabco!! :)
                                                                                                                 April 25, 2011
                                                                                                                         KFWS • MindGym


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