Travco ‘InterCity’ Hotel in Salalah

Travco, the Egyptian conglomerate which seems to operate under an integrated system looks as if it is focusing on Oman. The company has operated as a low profile tour operated company in Oman for a number of years with much of its business fed in from Dubai.

InterCity artists image
InterCity artists image

As an integrated operator it probably will try to operate in the entire field a client requires and certainly in Egypt as 50% partner in Air Arabia Egypt, various hotel brands Sol Y Mar, Jaz, Nile Cruise ships & ground operator the model worked well, until the down turn in tourism.

The focus in Oman should be a surefooted one, having operated as a tour company in the country since 2006. They intend to open a new ‘InterCity’ Hotel in Salalah. The hotel will be a town based hotel in the main commercial office area which will give it good access to much of the town and region. This will be the first intercity hotel outside Europe, where Travco also own a number of other chains, and suggests that they feel Oman will offer a good alternative to Egypt, as do Orascom who set up Muriya in Oman a few years ago.

Dust Storm Over Oman

Over the last couple of weeks Oman, and the rest of the Arabian Peninsula, has been blanketed by massive dust storms. Visibility has been reduced to meters and Flights cancelled. Seeing the dust from the Ground is one thing, from Space is another – and thanks to NASA here is that perspective Continue reading “Dust Storm Over Oman”

Sunshine in Salalah after all the rain in the north

Having been in the heart of all the storms before the National Day holidays it was great to escape for a tour around Salalah.

Salalah Roads
Salalah Roads

We came across Continue reading “Sunshine in Salalah after all the rain in the north”

Victor the buggy in Muscat from Salalah

Tucked away under the shade of my breakfast source, Lulu in Darsait, I saw this well travelled car. Well travelled not just from Salalah, where I photoed it last week, to Muscat – but after 6 years on the road it has the most kilometres of any non production car.

Elayne in Victor the Travel Bug in Salalah
Elayne in Victor the Travel Bug in Salalah

Victor the buggy is a hand made gem, with a Continue reading “Victor the buggy in Muscat from Salalah”

Arab Horses in Oman looking splendid before an event.

One of my favourite images are of Oman’s Arab Horses decked out in traditional silver.  Marco Polo wrote about them in his book ‘The Travels’ –  “and the merchants take a great number of Arab horses to that market (of India from Al Balid)”

Arab Horses from the book ‘Walking Through History’
Arab Horses from the book ‘Walking Through History’

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Khor Rori Oman with a visiting group.

Flying down to Salalah after visiting northern Oman we have been visiting some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Oman.

Khor Rori the UNESCO Site in southern Oman
Khor Rori the UNESCO Site in southern Oman

Some of the group enjoyed Continue reading “Khor Rori Oman with a visiting group.”

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”

Printing my new book on Oman for its mid February launch

It was kind of the printing press where my new book is being worked on to let me see the first page go into the machine as a white page, and a few moments later appear at the other end of the machine in full colour.

The first page of the book being printed
The first page of the book being printed

Using a Heidelberg press, Continue reading “Printing my new book on Oman for its mid February launch”

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”

The Gulf with Clipper Odyssey in November

In January last year I was delighted to give lots of talks about Oman as ‘Guest Lecturer’ on the Island Sky as it cruised from Salalah to past Abu Dhabi.

Island Sky at Sea
Island Sky at Sea

This year in November the American Continue reading “The Gulf with Clipper Odyssey in November”

Omani Frankincense as a picture calendar for 2012

For 2012 I’ve just done a Frankincense Calendar.

Gold Frankincense and Myrrh 2012
Gold Frankincense and Myrrh 2012

Its got 13 pictures all about Frankincense in Oman including Continue reading “Omani Frankincense as a picture calendar for 2012”