Editor’s note

The Holy month of Ramadan has begun and so has summer. With temperatures looming around 50 degrees, it is just natural to feel like flying away to some cool and pleasant destination like Switzerland or Paris. While many may think that going on a holiday during difficult economic times is wasteful, we beg to differ. Of course, this is a challenging time and yes, we need to curb unnecessary spending. But being cooped up in depressing surroundings will bog you down further. Travel opens minds and brightens the body and spirit. It is a no-brainer. Do not let go of your holiday plans. You only need to trim down the expenses, not your experiences.

Our cover story for this edition is about the aviation sector in Oman. Though 2016 was a tough year for the sector in the Middle East, the industry is showing signs of improvement this year. The sultanate's aviation scene has become more dynamic with the launch of SalamAir. The story presents and outlook for the sector with a focus on Ramadan-Eid season.

As Eid and summer holidays are coinciding this year, travel companies are seeing a huge opportunity. Our story on the sector looks at seasonal offers available as well emerging trends and destinations.

The automotive industry sales goes on top gear during Ramadan. And this year is especially crucial for dealers as sales have diminished. The story on the auto sector sees how the sector is preparing to turn things around from this month onwards and its outlook for the year.

Despite its vast resources, Oman's fisheries and aquaculture sector has long been underutilised. But things are changing now and our story about the sector explores the latest developments.

We also have in-depth columns, interviews with the heads of security and risk management firm as well as a airplane manufacturer apart from the regular features.

Editor’s note
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