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Oman technology: All-purpose apps

From paying bills to revisiting history to digging up key data, mobile apps launched by Oman are well designed and easy to use. Hasan al Lawati picks the best



Sultan Qaboos
And in the spirit of the National Day, we recommend you this state-of-the-art application that celebrates the leader of the nation. The app allows users to see historic images of His Majesty the Sultan, old speeches and national songs, all at the tip of your fingers. Designed by Omani twins Al Harith and Faris Al Juma, the app was first launched in 2013. It had more than 1,200 photos, which could be saved and shared via Whatsapp, email, Airdrop and other apps.

BalaDiyeti
An award-winning app by Muscat Municipality, it is designed to facilitate various services to the residents in Muscat. You can pay your parking tickets and flick through latest news and projects in the capital of Oman. It also provides a direct contact with the municipality hotline number 1111. In 2016, the application has won the 16th Round of His Highness Sheikh Salim Al Ali Al Sabah Informatics Award for the best technology projects in the Arab world.

NCSI Geo
The one and only app that provides you with accurate socio-economic statistical information about the Sultanate, it is designed by the National Centre for Statistics and Information. NCSI’s GEO mobile application allows users to access a wealth of up-to-date data quickly and easily through an intuitive and interactive map. You can navigate its interactive map to locate the nearest hospital, police station, school, bank, hotels, ATMs, mosques and more. Very practical for researchers and travelers.

Traveller Oasis
This is easily the most beautiful and colourful travel app in Oman. We can confirm that there is no better app for you to plan a stress-free holiday in green Dhofar.
Traveller Oasis includes a range of free services, from hotel accommodation to car rental.