Oman is a destination for migratory birds during Spring and Autumn. Some pass through, others like White Storks and Steppe Eagles overwinter in Oman using it as a food larder and return to breeding grounds to the north. But there are some that come to Oman and breed, and included in these are the Sooty Falcon, Falco concolor.
The Sooty Falcon is a medium-sized falcon with, as its name suggests, a colour that is a shade of grey, perhaps slate grey. It’s a relatively rare bird whose world population is estimated as 10,000 of which some 500 breed in Arabia. Though the bird was first studied in Oman in 1978 its only since 2007 that an in-depth analysis of this Falcon has taken place with core research undertaken from 2008-2014 by a team, including Waheed Al Fazari of Sultan Qaboos University and Dr Mike McGrady of International Avian Research.
Sultan Qaboos who as well as being Oman’s Head of State is also the country’s Prime Minister and Foreign, Defence & Finance Minister. The country has had a Deputy Prime Minister H.H Sayyid Fahad bin Mahmood Al-Said who frequently chairs cabinet meetings whose members include the Cabinet Ministers responsible for Foreign, Defence & Financial affairs.
Oman’s Ministry of Tourism has issued agreements for the development of 11 tourism accommodation projects throughout the country.
Leading the way is a substantial plot to be developed by the Oman Government’s ‘Oman Investment Fund’. The size of the plot in Al Jabal Al Akhdar, 73,367sqm is comparable to the plot developed by an Oman pension fund and operated by Anantara and about 50% of the land area available to Alila, the new property will be the mountain’s 3rd luxury hotel. Al Jabal Al Akhdar’s room offering has grown from a single 22room hotel in 2011 to 4 hotels with 10times the number. The government intend
Iran is rapidly become a key element in Oman’s economic and political future. On Wednesday 15th February 2017 Iranian President Rouhani will pay a brief visit to Sultan Qaboos in the morning before flying to Kuwait, which is the next chair of the GCC. Both Oman and Kuwait have important Shia Muslim populations, in Kuwait these are focused in business; my employer in Saudi whose family is Shia being perhaps the largest private company in Kuwait.