Church and Mosque in Muscat

I enjoyed attending the service on Friday ( the weekly rest day in Oman)

St Thomas Church Ruwi
St Thomas Church Ruwi

at the church of St Thomas in Ruwi – the church serves the Syrian (Syriac) Christians of southern Indian; Continue reading “Church and Mosque in Muscat”

Al Bustan Palace Hotel

I had a nice preview of the changes at Al Bustan Palace during the hotel’s refit. I arrived in Muscat in 1986 just after the initial opening of Al Bustan Palace and then lived for many years in Al Bustan village next to the hotel. Though I have moved a few kilometres away its always been like dear friend and neighbour.

Al Bustan Palace bedroom preview
Al Bustan Palace bedroom preview

The hotel, scheduled to re-open later in 2008, Continue reading “Al Bustan Palace Hotel”

Walk in the Najd of Dhofar

With cloud cover increasing over the Dhofar coast of Oman I took time to trek through the barren landscape of Dhofar, not on the coast but in the barren mountains towards the desert.

Frankincense Tree Najd Dhofar
Frankincense Tree Najd Dhofar

Here we passed Frankincense trees rustling in the wind and occasional Fan Tailed Ravens but little else of substance. Continue reading “Walk in the Najd of Dhofar”