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Oman revises tourist visa regulations

Tourist Visa regulations for Oman have just been revised by the issuing authority, the Royal Oman Police, on both effective price and period.

Oman UAE Exit and Entry Stamps
Oman UAE Exit and Entry Stamps

Previously a 10 day tourist visa was available, on demand at the airport for many nationalities, it cost Rial Omani 5 Continue reading “Oman revises tourist visa regulations”

Oman’s Top 5 things to do in May 2017

May can often be Oman’s hottest month and temperatures over 40c are frequent. This means that activities need to be selected to take the heat into account.

Ice Skating Oman
Ice Skating Oman

Though spending time in one of Oman’s almost innumerable Continue reading “Oman’s Top 5 things to do in May 2017”

China-Oman Industrial Park at Ad Duqm

Ad Duqm was once, only a few years ago, a small village with a couple of shops, an equal number of local restaurants and it was a cash economy with not even a bank. However times have changed and Oman’s port and industrial zone in Ad Duqm (Duqm SEZA) hosted Oman Wanfang LLC for a signing ceremony on the 19th April for the Chinese company to develop 1,172 hectares of land adjacent to Ad Duqm’s port.

China-Arab Wanfang Sign
China-Arab Wanfang Sign

Wanfang is a consortium of six private Continue reading “China-Oman Industrial Park at Ad Duqm”

Oman appears in the Top 5 safest travel destinations reports World Economic Forum

For a safe holiday destination, it seems Finland is the place to go, however for those who crave winter sun, there is a far more appealing option, Oman.

Tourists Celebratory Tea Break
Tourists Celebratory Tea Break in Oman

According to the World Economic Forum Continue reading “Oman appears in the Top 5 safest travel destinations reports World Economic Forum”

Wallace Collection and Daunt Books

Just north of crowded Oxford Street in London is probably the most opulent single collection of decorative arts in Britain, the Wallace Collection in Hertford House.

Hertford House - London
Hertford House – London

Gifted to Britain by Lady Wallace in 1897, the collection was Continue reading “Wallace Collection and Daunt Books”

Muscat Hills Intercontinental Hotel

With work underway the opening on the new Muscat Hills Intercontinental Hotel Resort and Spa

Building Works INTERCONT Hotel Muscat Hills
Building Works INTERCONT Hotel Muscat Hills

will add to Oman’s Continue reading “Muscat Hills Intercontinental Hotel”

Wandering through London

North of London’s centre for Lawyers is Lincoln’s Inn Fields one of London’s great public squares.

Sir John Soane's Museum
Sir John Soane’s Museum

It’s where one of London’s oldest and nicest Museums, Sir John Soane’s Museum, is located. Despite the good weather I had a Continue reading “Wandering through London”

Sooty Falcon in Oman

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.

Sooty Falcon Falco concolor - Oman
Sooty Falcon Falco concolor – Oman

The Sooty Falcon is a medium-sized falcon with, as its name suggests, a colour that is a shade of grey, perhaps Continue reading “Sooty Falcon in Oman”

Amazon to enter the Middle East almost immediatly

The world’s largest retailer, Amazon, is about to plunge into the Middle East with a US$ 700million appx purchase of Souq.com the Dubai based online retailer.

Amazon to enter Middle East Market
Amazon to enter Middle East Market

Though there are numerous other similar Continue reading “Amazon to enter the Middle East almost immediatly”

Sunshine in Saffron Walden

Sunny weather made for a great visit to Saffron Walden, about 90kms north of central London. The town is some 1000 years old with evidence of older settlement dating from the Roman period (43-600AD).

St Mary the Virgin, Saffron Walden
St Mary the Virgin, Saffron Walden from Bridge End Gardens

The age of the town is reflected in its delightfully Continue reading “Sunshine in Saffron Walden”

Oman’s Top 5 things to do in April 2017

Oman has some wonderful experiences during April.

There will be a several day long Camel event at As Suwayq 2-6, 2017; including the Ardha 2 man event.

Camel event Oman
Camel event Oman

The races are in the morning, well before Continue reading “Oman’s Top 5 things to do in April 2017”

Bradt Guide to Oman covered by Faces Magazine in Oman

Bradt Guide to Oman had a fantastic double page spread byFaces magazine

FACES MAGAZINE writes about the Bradt Guide to Oman
FACES MAGAZINE writes about the Bradt Guide to Oman

Fantastic as Continue reading “Bradt Guide to Oman covered by Faces Magazine in Oman”

BBC Top Gear in Oman 2017

With the BBCs Top Gear series 24 due to start on March 5th Matt LeBlanc of Top Gear explains about the filming he did in Oman and Dubai. ‘That was really fun.

Top Gear Oman by z336
Top Gear Oman by z336

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Sultan Qaboos appoints a second Deputy Prime Minister.

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.

Sayyid Asa’ad bin Tariq Al Said (Left)
Sayyid Asa’ad bin Tariq Al Said (Left)

On March 2nd Continue reading “Sultan Qaboos appoints a second Deputy Prime Minister.”