I really think this is one of the worst decisions a country could take..
Oman lifts Ramadan drinking ban
Thursday, 31 May 2007 08:59
The Oman government has decided to lift the drinking ban it imposes during Ramadan, but only for tourists staying at selected hotels and only during certain times.
The Radisson SAS, Grand Hyatt, Shangri-la Barr Al Jissa, The Chedi, Intercontinental Hotel, Crowne Plaza and Al Bustan Palace will be able to serve alcohol after sunset from 7pm until 2am in allocated restaurants.
Alison Cryer, director of the UK's Oman Tourist Office, said: "The lift of this ban has taken a while to be agreed as it is a sensitive subject and part of Oman's culture.
"However, this step shows that Oman is taking on board western travellers' preferences and recognises the importance of being adaptable and catering to them".