12 Days of Christmas in Oman Day Two

On the second day of Christmas in Oman, what better thing to do than start organising your gifts for those back home. Gold is always special and here is something very different

Gold & Silver Bracelet Mutrah
Gold & Silver Bracelet Mutrah

Gold & Silver Bracelets Mutrah. Silver was the traditional Continue reading “12 Days of Christmas in Oman Day Two”

Tom Jones arrives in Muscat after saving the world from Martians

For all the fans of Tom Jones – he will be in Muscat Oman – September 2013.

Tom Jones Oman 2013
Tom Jones Oman 2013

And here is Tom in Continue reading “Tom Jones arrives in Muscat after saving the world from Martians”

Walking Through History – sample of printed book arrives – so the publication is on schedule

I dropped into Al Roya’s office and saw the ‘dummy’ of my book.

Front Cover Book Walking Through History
Front Cover Book Walking Through History

All the pages have Continue reading “Walking Through History – sample of printed book arrives – so the publication is on schedule”

Museum of Islamic Arts Doha

We made our first stop of the morning in Doha at the Souq Waqif,

Souq al-Waqif Doha
Souq al-Waqif Doha

and with splendid Arabian Horses walking through the streets it Continue reading “Museum of Islamic Arts Doha”

Zodiacs onto Sir Bani Yas

The Zodiacs of the Clipper Odyssey ably lead by John Yersin came in handy to get us onto Sir bani Yas .

John and the Clipper Odyssey off Sir bani Yas
John and the Clipper Odyssey off Sir bani Yas

I joined other Continue reading “Zodiacs onto Sir Bani Yas”

The Falcon Hospital Abu Dhabi and tea at The Emirates Palace

It was very interesting to visit the Falcon Hospital

Falcon Pedicure
Falcon Pedicure

on the desert Continue reading “The Falcon Hospital Abu Dhabi and tea at The Emirates Palace”

The Music Man performers see Oman

Muscat’s Royal Opera House is currently hosting performances of the  Glimmerglass production of The Music Man.

Glimmerglass Festival performers in rural Oman
Glimmerglass Festival performers in rural Oman

It was a pleasure Continue reading “The Music Man performers see Oman”

Weaving in Oman a traditional craft

Oman still has a few traditional pit loom weavers and I enjoyed a visit to one.

Weaver and thread
Weaver and thread

Using a Continue reading “Weaving in Oman a traditional craft”

Salalah Time in Oman

We took a few days to visit Salalah to escape Muscat’s still sizzling 40c+ temperature for some صلالة تائيم  (Salalah Time)

Car in Salalah Mountains
Car in Salalah Mountains

where the sizzle turned into drizzle and Continue reading “Salalah Time in Oman”

Shawarma Sandwich in Oman

Shawarma Sandwichs in Oman are a staple snack. Made from lamb or, as here, chicken grilled on a vast rotating stand they are ready to go in less than a minute.

Shawarma Sandwiches Oman
Shawarma Sandwiches Oman

Bandar Jissah closes in Muscat Oman

It was in 1986 that I first ventured into Bandar Jissah (often called Qantab Beach) in Muscat, along the dirt track which wound down the wadi towards I knew not, but the grand scenery was draw enough.

I found the beach, in an amphitheatre of mountains cascading into the sea, and from it I have swum since then.

Bandar Jissah Beach
Bandar Jissah Beach

Yesterday was probably the last time Continue reading “Bandar Jissah closes in Muscat Oman”

Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa

It was good to meet up with Kim Tan, Director of Business Development at the Shangri-la,  after his recent business trip to Moscow.

Kim Tan of Shangri-La
Kim Tan of Shangri-La

Apart from Continue reading “Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa”