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The story of Oman’s long forgotten phone booths

For expats who made Oman their home decades ago, these landmarks and the colourful plastic cards were bridges, connecting them to loved ones thousands of miles away.

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Monday, May 6, 2024

We have mobile phones. We can call, text, ping, WhatsApp. We can do this 24 by 7. Don’t have to wait for hours in queue or rush to a supermarket to get a phone card. But there was a time when people in Oman used to patiently queue up more so during weekends for their turn to make local or international calls.

For expats who made Oman their home decades ago, these landmarks and the colourful plastic cards were bridges, connecting them to loved ones thousands of miles away.

These phone booths have stopped working years ago but they are still seen across cities in the country and well protected by the authorities. Here’s an ode to Oman’s iconic phone booths.

Share and comment your nostalgic experience if you ever used these phone booths in Oman or if you used to collect those phone cards.

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