Divorce on the rise in Oman, while marriages drop

Divorce rates climbing in Oman (Shutterstock)
Updated 20 September 2017

Divorce on the rise in Oman, while marriages drop

DUBAI: The number of divorces in Oman has spiked, while the number of people getting married is at a five-year low, national daily Times of Oman reported, citing government statistics, but there has been a slight increase in the number of Omanis marrying people from other countries.
There were 3,736 divorce certificates issued across the country in 2016 – the highest number in four years.
Overall the figures revealed that there had been 10 divorces a day recorded, while then number marriages stood at 67, the report added, stating that the 24,016 marriage certificates were issued – the lowest in five years.
Oman is made up of 11 governorates (states), of those nine saw a decline in the number of marriages.
Meanwhile there was a 23 percent increase in the number of Omani men marrying women from other countries, while the report said there was a “jump” in the amount of Omani women marrying foreign nationals, although no figures were provided.
Dr. Abdulmajeed Al-Aghbari, a specialist in arbitration and reconciliation law said he believed that a lack of communication was the biggest issue.
“There are a number of reasons why we have seen a rise in the number of divorces. Cultural differences could be one reason, a different level of education, lack of knowledge of the duties and obligations of married life, but the important reason is a lack of communication,” Al-Aghbari said.
“Couples nowadays do not communicate with each other and this is a very big problem. When faced with issues, a couple does not go to marriage experts to consult them, and so the issue grows and leads to divorce.”

Egyptian civilian triggers discovery of ancient temple

Updated 12 December 2019

Egyptian civilian triggers discovery of ancient temple

  • An archaeological mission discovered an entire temple underneath the village of Mit Rahinah

CAIRO: Nobody in the Egyptian Ministry of Culture could believe that an illegal attempt by a civilian to prospect for monuments underneath his own home would lead to a grand discovery.

But that is just what happened when this week the ministry began archaeological excavations in the Mit Rahinah area, neighboring the pyramids of Giza.

The illegal digging by the 60-year-old resident alerted the authorities who arrested him in the first week of this month. The tourism authorities then went in and were surprised by the discovery.   

The archaeological mission discovered an entire temple underneath the village of Mit Rahinah.

According to a statement issued by the ministry, 19 chunks of pink granite and limestone bearing inscriptions depicting Ptah, the god of creation and of the ancient city Manf, were also discovered. 

Among the finds were also an artifact traceable to the reign of Ramesses II and inscriptions showing the king practicing a religious ritual. 

Egyptian researcher Abdel-Magid Abdul Aziz said Ptah was idolized in Manf. In one image, the god is depicted as a human wrapped in a tight-fitting cloth.

The deity was also in charge of memorial holidays and responsible for several inventions, holding the title Master of all Makers.

“There’s a statue of the god Ptah in the Egyptian Museum, in its traditional form as a mummy,” Abdul Aziz said.

“His hands come out from the folds of his robe ... as depicted in art pieces. Ptah appears as a bearded, buried man,” he added.

“Often he wears a hat, with his hands clutching Ankh (the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic symbol for the key of life).”

Ayman Ashmawy, head of ancient Egyptian artifacts at the Ministry of Antiquities, said: “The artifacts are in the process of being restored, and have been moved to the museum’s open garden in Mit Rahinah.” He added that work was being done to discover and restore the rest of the temple.

As for the illegal prospecting of the area by its people, Ashmawy said the residents of Mit Rahinah were seeking to exploit the monuments.

He added that the law forbids prospecting for archaeological monuments, and that doing so could lead to a long prison sentence and a major fine, up to hundreds of thousands of Egyptian pounds. 

Mit Rahinah contains a large number of monuments, which have been discovered by chance. The area is home to an open museum, 20 km south of Cairo.

“What we see from current discoveries in Mit Rahinah are just snapshots of an ancient city that was once vibrant,” Ilham Ahmed, chief inspector of the archaeological mission, told Arab News.