Press Release: SelectUSA Investment Summit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 5, 2017 2017 SelectUSA Investment Summit — Call for Applications The 2017 SelectUSA Summit will take place June 18-20, 2017, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at National Harbor, in the Washington, D.C. area. Participants are expected to pay for all costs. The two-and-a-half day program will include plenary and breakout sessions featuring global-CEOs

Press Release: Omanis Still Need Visa

Original Press Release PDF FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 14, 2017 Omanis Still Need a Visa to Travel to the U.S. The U.S. Embassy is aware of misinformation circulating on social media, claiming that President Trump signed an executive order that Omanis can visit the U.S. without a visa.  This information is false; Omanis still need a visa to travel to

Press Release: Omanis Still Need Visa

Original Press Release PDF FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 2, 2016 Omanis Still Need a Visa to Travel to the U.S. The U.S. Embassy is aware of misinformation circulating on social media, claiming that Oman is included in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). This information is false; Oman does not currently participate in the VWP. For information on the 38 countries

New International Religious Freedom Report

Want to know about the state of Religious Freedom around the globe? The State Department has just published the International Religious Freedom Report for 2015. The Report begins its discussion of Religious Freedom around the world with a powerful story: Executive Summary from the Religious Freedom Report: March 19 began as an ordinary day for 27-year old Farkhunda Malikzada. Farkhunda lived in

U.S. Embassy Celebrates National Day at Grand Hyatt

The U.S. Embassy celebrated its 240th year of independence on the evening of May 30 at the Grand Hyatt Muscat. U.S. Ambassador to the Sultanate, Marc J. Sievers, welcomed guests to the festivities—including Omani dignitaries from government and private sectors. He passed along his best wishes for the health and prosperity for His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, and all the people

U.S. and Oman Sign Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement

On January 22, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Omani Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs His Excellency Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah signed a U.S.-Oman Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement in Davos, Switzerland. In the new Agreement, the United States and Oman announce their intention to strengthen and broaden the scientific and technological capabilities and communities of their respective

U.S. Embassy Muscat Welcomes Ambassador Marc J. Sievers

Ambassador Marc J. Sievers presented his credentials to Yousef bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs on January 17, 2016. Ambassador Sievers was confirmed by the Senate and sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to Oman on December 18, 2016.  A Foreign Service officer since 1981, Mr. Sievers served as Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires in Cairo

International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day, we can remember the women of the past. We can celebrate the women of today. And we can lay the foundation for the women of tomorrow. But most importantly, we can pledge to make a change, knowing that our world can reach its full potential only when women and girls are empowered to reach theirs.

World Water Day

March 22nd is World Water Day! This year’s theme is “Water and Jobs.” Water is essential for communities to thrive and nearly all jobs depend on water. Whether it’s tourism, Industry, manufacturing or services, nothing functions without adequate clean water. Read about how water is vital in many different jobs around the world and see how people are incorporating water

The United States of America and the Sultanate of Oman: More than Two Centuries of Friendship

The friendship between the United States and Oman dates back over two hundred years when the American ship the Boston Rambler sailed to the port of Muscat in 1790. The two countries signed the “Treaty of Amity and Commerce” in 183—the first bilateral accord between the U.S. and an Arab Gulf state.In 1840, the Sultan’s envoy Ahmad bin Na’aman sailed

Oman, the United States and Our History of Free Trade

The Oman-United States trade relationship is more like a long-term friendship. It has the hallmarks of comfortable, stable cooperation built on mutual respect, but it also has an adventurous side—we are always willing to climb new mountains together. Since the 1833 signing of the Treaty of Amity and Commerce, the relationship between Oman and the United States has been mutually

President’s Message for His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said of Oman on the occasion of 45th National Day

Your Majesty: On behalf of the United States of America, I send warm greetings and congratulations as the Sultanate of Oman celebrates its 45th National Day November 18. This anniversary marks a milestone in the Sultanate’s continued path towards prosperity and stability, achieved through your guidance, wisdom, and steady hand.  I look forward to continuing to work closely with you

U.S. Celebrates 35 Years of Hydrographic Cooperation with Oman

By U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs Manama, Bahrain (November 9, 2015) – A reception recognizing 35 years of cooperation in hydrographic surveying took place aboard the Pathfinder-class oceanographic survey ship USNS Bruce C. Heezen (T AGS 64) in Muscat, Oman, on Nov. 9. Hosted by U.S. Ambassador Greta C. Holtz and U.S. Oceanographer of the Navy and Commander,

Ari Roland Jazz Quartet Public Concerts

The U.S. Embassy in Muscat is sponsoring the Ari Roland Jazz Quartet in two concerts this week in Muscat. The quartet will perform on Thursday, October 22 at Sahwa Gardens from 7:00 to 9:00 pm and on Friday, October 23 at Qurum Public Park from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. The concerts are free of charge and open to the public.

Delivery of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner

The U.S. Embassy congratulates Boeing and Oman Air on the delivery of the first of six Boeing 787 Dreamliners to Oman. As American-made aircraft, the Boeing Dreamliners are able to enter Oman tariff free, due to the Oman-U.S. Free Trade Agreement. Oman Air’s award-winning service, coupled with Boeing’s super-efficient products, provide customers with an unparalleled travel experience. The Boeing-Oman Air

USA Participation in EduTraC

Seeking to contribute to Oman’s impressive higher education initiatives, EducationUSA is pleased to continue its tradition of supporting EduTraC this year and looks forward to joining the Omani government and EduTraC organizers in welcoming 16 U.S. colleges and universities to the exhibition. “We are delighted that so many Omani students are selecting America as their higher education study destination,” said

FTA Awareness Seminar

On September 9, the United States Embassy, in collaboration with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and ROP Customs delivered a U.S.-Oman Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Awareness Seminar. The program was held in the OCCI’s Salalah office. Over 50 government and private sector representatives heard presentations from Omani

Statement by the President on Murders of Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, Deah Shaddy Barakat, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Yesterday, the FBI opened an inquiry into the brutal and outrageous murders of Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, Deah Shaddy Barakat, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In addition to the ongoing investigation by local authorities, the FBI is taking steps to determine whether federal laws were violated. No one in the United States of America should ever be

Government of Oman Provides Critical Assistance to Safe Departure of U.S. Embassy Sana’a Personnel

Muscat – The White House and the United States Department of State expressed gratitude and admiration to the Government of Oman yesterday for its role in securing the temporary relocation of American diplomats departing the U.S. Embassy in Sana’a, Yemen. Under the leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the Omani government ensured a swift and safe departure of

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