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.”


Man eats $120,000 piece of art — a banana taped to wall

Updated 08 December 2019

Man eats $120,000 piece of art — a banana taped to wall

MIAMI: The move was bananas ... or maybe the work was just too appealing.
A performance artist shook up the crowd at the Art Basel show in Miami Beach on Saturday when he grabbed a banana that had been duct-taped to a gallery wall and ate it.
The banana was, in fact, a work of art by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan titled “Comedian” and sold to a French collector for $120,000.
In a video posted on his Instagram account, David Datuna, who describes himself as a Georgian-born American artist living in New York, walks up to the banana and pulls it off the wall with the duct tape attached.
“Art performance ... hungry artist,” he said, as he peeled the fruit and took a bite. “Thank you, very good.”
A few bystanders could be heard giggling before a flustered gallery official whisked him to an adjoining space for questioning.
But the kerfuffle was resolved without a food fight.
“He did not destroy the art work. The banana is the idea,” Lucien Terras, director of museum relations for Galerie Perrotin, told the Miami Herald.
As it turns out, the value of the work is in the certificate of authenticity, the newspaper said. The banana is meant to be replaced.
A replacement banana was taped to the wall about 15 minutes after Datuna’s stunt.
“This has brought a lot of tension and attention to the booth and we’re not into spectacles,” Terras said. “But the response has been great. It brings a smile to a lot of people’s faces.”
Cattelan is perhaps best known for his 18-carat, fully functioning gold toilet called “America” that he had once offered on loan to US President Donald Trump.
The toilet, valued at around $5 to $6 million, was in the news again in September when it was stolen from Britain’s Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of wartime leader Winston Churchill, where it had been on display.