Nizwa Fort Oman

during our tour in Northern Oman

With nice bright skies and comfortable temperatures our guests enjoyed taking time while on holiday in Oman to watch Camel racing.

Camel Race in Oman
Camel Race in Oman

The next day the newly tiled Mosque at Nizwa made an excellent subject for photographs – before returning to Muscat.

Taking Photos in Nizwa Fort
Taking Photos in Nizwa Fort

Christmas Day in Oman

enjoying a warm sunny beach

With all the unsettled weather it was great to have sunny weather and enjoy a day along the coast of Oman.

Christmas on a Beach in Oman
Christmas on a Beach in Oman

After seeing Dolphin our destination was reached – a secluded bay to enjoy an Omani  Christmas Day Sea Food Barbeque.

Prawn ready to cook
Prawn ready to cook

Rainbow over Muscat

as the day has our heaviest downpour yet

Its been a very unusual 10 days.

A car crosses a flooded road in Ruwi Oman
A car crosses a flooded road in Ruwi Oman

What is normal in other countries is exceptional in Oman – Rain ; and 10 days of it – extraordinary!

Overcast skies , heavy downpours over much of northern Oman and still probably a few more days of rain to come.

With so much rain it was only a matter of time until a Rainbow appeared – and this one was a full arc (though not possible to get in this picture).

A Rainbow arches over Muscat
A Rainbow arches over Muscat

So as we marvel at the rain – and the mountain tops get dusted with snow – it could be a white Christmas in Oman.

Croatian President Stjepan Mesić visits Sultan Qaboos in Muscat

on a very nice sunny day

After all the rain – the flags are out in Muscat.

Flags are out for the Croatian President's Visit
Flags are out for the Croatian President’s Visit

However there is no connection with the weather; they are out for the visit of the Croatian President Stjepan Mesić . He hopefully will enjoy the fresh sunny weather .

Flags of Croatia on The Mall in front of the Palace in Muscat
Flags of Croatia on The Mall in front of the Palace in Muscat

 

Cruise Ship comes into Muscat

to take shore excursions in Oman

Avoiding the rain the Aida arrives into Mina Sultan Qaboos, Muscat.

Arriving into Mina Sultan Qaboos
Arriving into Mina Sultan Qaboos

This is probably the most colourful ship coming into Oman – and on a weekly basis does brighten up the harbour as the visitors spend part of their holidays in Oman.

Aida in Mina Sultan Qaboos
Aida in Mina Sultan Qaboos

Some cruise excursions during the type of rain we have been having, need to be cancelled, but better safe than sorry.

Rain in Oman’s Mountains

and schools in Muscat are to close on Sunday as a precaution

We spent a wonderful day up in the cool of Oman’s northern mountains. For much of the time we were under cloud cover which, as the day wore on, increased .

Shafts of Sunlight in Omans Mountains
Shafts of Sunlight in Omans Mountains

 

Its unusual to have extensive cloud cover here, but on the drive home we drove through about 150kms of intermittent rain – arriving in Muscat to find that the rain probably arrived in Muscat first, before covering the mountain peaks inland.

Corniche Muttrah
Corniche Muttrah

A stormy few days are forecast as all schools in Muscat are advised to close on Sunday by the Education Ministry

Wilfred Thesiger and Sheikh Zayed

in a gallery in Al Ain

Sheikh Zayed Mosque
Sheikh Zayed Mosque

It was interesting to visit Abu Dhabi on a tour from Oman and walk around the Sheikh Zayed Mosque. While its exterior is a brilliant white –its interior, in contrast,  is an equally brilliant poly-chrome . Almost overflowing with floral designs, the mosque sits opposite Continue reading “Wilfred Thesiger and Sheikh Zayed”