ROP says 9999 re­mains sul­tanate’s hot­line as 112 is just an in­ter­na­tional emer­gency num­ber

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The ROP has said that 9999 still re­mains the coun­try’s emer­gency hot­line af­ter another num­ber 112 went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia chan­nels. It has said that 112 is a com­mon in­ter­na­tional emer­gency

num­ber which can be called in case of no net­work cov­er­age in Oman. The ROP said that all calls made to 112 are di­rected to 9999.

Since 112 went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia chan­nels, ROP has re­ceived hun­dreds of calls from peo­ple who wanted to check the au­then­tic­ity of the num­ber. “The num­ber 112 can be called from a mo­bile phone but all calls are di­rected to 9999 if the caller is from Oman,” an ROP of­fi­cial told Mus­cat Daily.

He said that 112 is an in­ter­na­tional emer­gency num­ber that even works in the event of low net­work cov­er­age. “All calls are au­to­mat­i­cally for­warded to the emer­gency hot­line of the coun­try where the in­di­vid­ual is ask­ing for help.”

The of­fi­cial said that many just called for cu­rios­ity sake af­ter they came to know about 112.

“Our cen­tre re­ceived many calls af­fect­ing emer­gency ser­vices. We re­quest peo­ple to use only 9999 when call­ing from Oman. The other num­ber should be used only when you are not in Oman or where there is no net­work cov­er­age,” the of­fi­cial added.

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