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.
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.
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.
The high density of thread, over 250 knots per sq inch and extraordinary craftswomanship Continue reading “Carpet Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque”
Vogue seems to have so many International Editions that they need a dedicated International Editor.
Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha), part of the trinity of gifts,
was an ingredient used Continue reading “12 Days of Christmas in Oman Day Four”
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 is both Continue reading “12 Days of Christmas in Oman Day Three”
On the First Day of Christmas in Oman
transport is essential Continue reading “12 Days of Christmas in Oman”
There are many mosques in Oman which welcome non-Muslims to visit. Amongst the most interesting is the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat.
The Grand Mosque initially Continue reading “Mosques in Oman and The Gulf – open to Non Muslims”
painting exhibition in Bait Al Baranda
It was good to go to David Willis’s opening night of ‘Traditional Oman’ paintings.
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’s paintings are Continue reading “Peter Farrington at Bait Muzna Gallery”
Following morning prayers on the first day of Eid the tradition in Oman is that children wander around to collect ‘Eidiya’.
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”
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).
The first part of the word is used Continue reading “Qaranqashoo at Bait Zubair the Ramadhan childrens event”
It was a good afternoon to visit the Marine Festival at Al Bustan.
We went to Muscat’s Royal opera House to hear Sherine, one of the Arab Music World’s mega stars.
Collecting the pre-paid tickets Continue reading “Sherine in Muscat at the Royal Opera House”
Now that the Muscat Festival is underway I went mid-afternoon for a visit.
It was nice to see the familar Continue reading “Muscat Festival 2014 in Amarat”