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President Rouhani to visit Sultan Qaboos on Wednesday 15th February

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 country’s 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.

President Rouhani to visit Sultan Qaboos
President Rouhani to visit Sultan Qaboos

In Oman however Continue reading “President Rouhani to visit Sultan Qaboos on Wednesday 15th February”

Ad Duqm Port and Economic Zone

The new port at Ad Duqm, some 500kms by road south of Muscat is rapidly becoming the most active economic area in Oman. From a town that a few years ago had no Bank, it was developed by the Oman government

Oil Tankers Oman
Oil Tankers Oman

in co-operation with Koreas Daewoo into a dry-dock to take advantage of the tankers and container ships that use the sea route about 50kms off the port. Since then Continue reading “Ad Duqm Port and Economic Zone”

Destinations Show 2017

Chilly weather and disruptions on some tube services didnt seem to have made a dent in the attendance for the Destinations Show,

Destinations Show
Destinations Show

the Business to Consumer holiday exhibition,  in Continue reading “Destinations Show 2017”

Al Bustan Palace to have room closures during 2017

Oman’s Al Bustan Palace, though remaining open throughout 2017 will have restricted room bookings for 7 months. There will be limited number of rooms available from 1st March – 30th November 2017 and no room bookings at all between 1st May 30th September 2017.

Al Bustan Palace Announcement
Al Bustan Palace Announcement

This Oman government owned hotel last Continue reading “Al Bustan Palace to have room closures during 2017”

2017 Tour of Oman

Details of the 2017 Tour of Oman have been announced. The race from 14th-19th February will have 6 stages and 18 teams are expected to take part incl from USA, Bahrain & UAE; but not from UK (perhaps the lack of a race in Doha has impacted here) or surprisingly Oman.

While each stage has its appeal – the two stand outs are

Tour of Oman - Birkat Al Mawz
Tour of Oman – Birkat Al Mawz

Stage 5 that climbs Continue reading “2017 Tour of Oman”

Salam Air Oman launches Flights

Oman’s new airline Salam Air has launched. Its flights between Muscat & Salalah 2 times a day are operational with an A320, while planned flights between Muscat and Dubai are to come from mid February.

Salam Air Salalah
Salam Air Salalah

Future routes are planned into East Africa, where there is also a carrier with the same Arabic spelling طيران السلام ; presumably this will be resolved if Oman’s Salam Air does launch flights to Zanzibar.

Salam Air has tickets Continue reading “Salam Air Oman launches Flights”

Salut Archaeological Site Oman

Not far from Nizwa is the archaeological site of Salut. Spread over what must be 3sqkms that comprises a couple of low hills and dusty flood plain on the edge of Wadi Quriyat , it’s probably one of Oman’s future UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Salut Fort Oman
Salut Fort Oman

The inclusion of the site by UNESCO will have little to do with the charming story Continue reading “Salut Archaeological Site Oman”

Omani dishdasha – the Five Approved Designs

Buying a souvenir of Oman can be problematic, with a key question ‘is it authentic’? However one area has been dealt with today. Oman’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry have today issued details to support a Ministerial Decision issued last year.

Omani Dishdasha
Omani Dishdasha

You can Continue reading “Omani dishdasha – the Five Approved Designs”

Carpet Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

Any organisation which had supplied work for the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque would wish sign the work. The company which created the mosque’s principal carpet managed to do just that and wove into the carpet their details.

Carpet - Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
Carpet – Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

The high density of thread, over 250 knots per sq inch and extraordinary craftswomanship Continue reading “Carpet Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque”

Oman’s media and Reuters publish contradictory reports.

The Oman government has refuted that it is holding negotiations (in Arabic) with other GCC states regarding a deposit of Billions of Dollars into the Oman Central Bank by them.

Oman Currency
Oman Currency

This comes after Oman Continue reading “Oman’s media and Reuters publish contradictory reports.”

Oman is a must visit destination according to Vogue and the Daily Mirror

In what may be one of the more unexpected media pairings, Vogue (USA) and the Daily Mirror (UK) are recommending Oman as a must visit destination in 2017. Upmarket and Massmarket both Continue reading “Oman is a must visit destination according to Vogue and the Daily Mirror”

Oman Budget 2017

The Oman government has published the Budget for 2017. Not unexpectedly, given the country’s reliance on oil, it shows a substantial deficit which is anticipated to be 28% of Government Revenue. The deficit during the remaining years of the government’s 5-year plan to 2020 is again projected to remain between 25-30% each year. The government is anticipating a rise in its expenditure from a projected Omani Rials (OMR) 11,165Billion in 2017 to (OMR) 14,100 in 2020.

Oman Budget 2017
Oman Budget 2017

This will partially be supported by a Continue reading “Oman Budget 2017”