The above screen shot has been making the rounds today, and I've no idea if it's true or not. The story that goes with this image is that it was an email that was sent to Oman Air staff advising them that they, and residents of Oman, can't bring in alcohol when flying into the country anymore after August 1st.
I've tried to get the original email, or the attached ROP letter, but to no avail, and I'm not sure if this is a hoax or not. One wonders what the point of having alcohol sales at the baggage reclaim hall is for if this pending ban is true. If you are reading this, and you do have the email, please forward it to me at mrsythe [at] gmail.com
For liquor license holders, the license permits you to purchase alcohol from the licensed shops and to take them straight home for consumption at your home. Technically that means you take it straight home, not to a friends house if you are attending a party, or giving a gift to someone to mark a special occasion.
Various hotels have licenses to sell alcohol on their premises via room service, bars and restaurants, and so getting back to my original point... what is the point of having alcohol sales at the point of entry? Tourists don't have the license, and thus cannot carry the alcohol, legally, to their hotel.
So, I suspect we'll see either nothing happen (because this is a hoax), or if true, we'll see the booze on arrival shelves in the duty free cleared away.
If it is true, this is another step towards tightening alcohol availability in the Sultanate, and quite frankly it's a logical step to make if you are trying to reduce the availability of alcohol here. However, as a long term resident though, this is disappointing because my wife and I typically return with something we can't get here, like wines from Canada, or a particularly good bottle of bubbly or something like that. For a birthday, or a special occasion (like our wedding anniversary), it's been nice to share something from home, and if the above is true, it's just another tightening of the screws for life as an expat in Oman.