Muscat: With Gonu threat looming large and the aftermath of the cyclone expected to cause havoc across the country, the Omani government declared holidays from today until Sunday.

According to an official announcement, the private sector holiday was declared from Tuesday evening until Saturday, work will resume on Sunday.

The government sector which worked until Tuesday afternoon has been given holiday today (Wednesday) and Saturday due to expected bad weather conditions.

Most offices and some banks were already closed for business after the morning sessions as fears of heavy rains and the subsequent flooding were mounting.

With organisations downing their shutters, there were massive traffic jams all over in the late afternoon.

There was no change in flight schedule and air traffic continued unaffected.