Tony Walsh talking Camels, Date Trees and more on the Radio

Just before Christmas I chatted with Bill Padley on his morning radio show on ‘Talk Radio Europe’. We talk hotels, Camels, Date Trees and more. Listen to Tony here on SoundCloud. <<click here.

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

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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”

Condé Nast International Luxury Conference

Vogue seems to have so many International Editions that they need a dedicated International Editor.

Chinese Vogue Suzy Menkes in Muscat
Chinese Vogue Suzy Menkes in Muscat

Suzy Menkes, Continue reading “Condé Nast International Luxury Conference”

12 Days of Christmas in Oman Day Three

One of the original Christmas Gifts and primarily from Oman, Frankincense is a ‘must have’ to bring back home after your visit into the country.

Frankincense Tree Dhofar
Frankincense Tree Dhofar

Frankincense is both Continue reading “12 Days of Christmas in Oman Day Three”

Mosques in Oman and The Gulf – open to Non Muslims

There are many mosques in Oman which welcome non-Muslims to visit. Amongst the most interesting is the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat.

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque Muscat
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque Muscat

The Grand Mosque initially Continue reading “Mosques in Oman and The Gulf – open to Non Muslims”

David Willis ‘Traditional Oman’

painting exhibition in Bait Al Baranda

It was good to go to David Willis’s opening night of ‘Traditional Oman’ paintings.

Haramal Dancers
Haramal Dancers

Outside, a Continue reading “David Willis ‘Traditional Oman’”

Peter Farrington at Bait Muzna Gallery

The Exhibition continues until 16th November

Visiting Bait Muzna Gallery it was good to meet the artist Peter Farrington, whose exhibition of his latest paintings is presented on the gallery’s ground floor.

Peter Farrington and Painting
Peter Farrington and Painting

Peter’s paintings are Continue reading “Peter Farrington at Bait Muzna Gallery”

Eidiya for distribution in Oman

Following morning prayers on the first day of Eid the tradition in Oman is that children wander around to collect ‘Eidiya’.

Oman Currency
Oman Currency

Eidiya is cash, typically 100 baisa from folks like me and bigger notes from family or the rich. However the appreciation of new notes make it worth going to a bit of trouble to obtain them, so I made a request for 100 notes.  Continue reading “Eidiya for distribution in Oman”

Qaranqashoo at Bait Zubair the Ramadhan childrens event

On the 14th night of Ramadhan (the middle of that month) there is a childrens celebration called ‘Qaranqashoo’ (قرنقشوه) . It traditionally was when children went knocking on the front door of neighbours houses to ask for ‘halwa’ (sweets).

Qarenqashoo in Al Harthy Complex
Qarenqashoo in Al Harthy Complex

The first part of the word is used Continue reading “Qaranqashoo at Bait Zubair the Ramadhan childrens event”

Festivities in Muscat celebrating Oman’s Marine Heritage and getting Married

It was a good afternoon to visit the Marine Festival at Al Bustan.

Flyboard off Al Bustan
Flyboard off Al Bustan

Lots of activities Continue reading “Festivities in Muscat celebrating Oman’s Marine Heritage and getting Married”

Sherine in Muscat at the Royal Opera House

We went to Muscat’s Royal opera House to hear Sherine, one of the Arab Music World’s mega stars.

Arriving at the Royal Opera House
Arriving at the Royal Opera House

Collecting the pre-paid tickets Continue reading “Sherine in Muscat at the Royal Opera House”

Muscat Festival 2014 in Amarat

Now that the Muscat Festival is underway I went mid-afternoon for a visit.

Rug Weaver at work
Rug Weaver at work

It was nice to see the familar Continue reading “Muscat Festival 2014 in Amarat”