Oman’s Batina Bulls and Bees

close with bees – and a good distance away from bulls on the Batina

Dashing up the Oman Batina Coast I managed to enjoy the sight of Oman’s Little Bee ‘Apis florea’ . These are less numerous than Apis mellifera (the honeybee) – but are probably better adapted to Oman’s summer heat. Unfortunately, like the honey bee they are suffering from a unknown swarm killer (possibly virus ) .

Apis Florea in Oman
Apis Florea in Oman

At the opposite end of the scale one of Oman’s Bull Fight spectacles included over 30 bulls brought for their day of glory. Of course, not a drop of blood is expected to flow – this is Bull against Bull – and when it becomes clear which of a pair is the more dominant they are pulled apart and taken off.

The crowd at the bull arena
The crowd at the bull arena

Back again in Muscat – it’s raining; a great thing for Oman as always, though apparently in the north-west several deaths have occurred.

rain clouds gather near Muscat
rain clouds gather near Muscat

Ruwi’s wet roads add a sparkle to Oman

Rain soaks Ruwi – and probably a few Donkeys

Wet Roads isn’t typical Arabia – but today after a few drops earlier in the afternoon Ruwi had a thunderstorm and glistening roads and streets were created.

A glistening road in Ruwi
A glistening road in Ruwi

Those few drops happened just as I finished swimming at Bandar Jissah, I only noticed as the car showed them up . Driving away I came upon these Donkeys. They were wandering through the wadi that goes into Bandar Jissah which must be Muscat’s most popular beach at the weekend. Just behind them is the famous Iron Age Cemetery at Bandar Jissah and its associated Iron Age Village .

Donkeys in Bandar Jissah's wadi
Donkeys in Bandar Jissah’s wadi

They are  the first little herd I have seen in the main area of Muscat for many years I suspect they will be spending a wet night in the wadi

Wadi in Oman

Passing a Camel I searched for a good spot to sleep

Oman’s beachs sometimes have huge numbers of sea birds, mainly Gulls and Terns. Here, on a beach I was driving past, large numbers of Gulls descend on fish scraps thrown away by fishermen .

Seagulls descend on fish scraps in Oman
Seagulls descend on fish scraps in Oman

This beach is long with the gulls concentrated where the fishing boats beach to offload their catch.

A Camels dashes through an Oman Wadi at dusk
A Camels dashes through an Oman Wadi at dusk

With so many birds I sometimes prefer the silence of Oman’s wadis to sleep in; so I drove through this wadi as the sun set – passing this camel who was in a bit of a rush to get somewhere. The night was nice and cool – and the bright full moon lit up the landscape till dawn.

Bentley and Rolls-Royce in Muscat Oman

The Shangri-la in Muscat – home for a few days to dozens of the world’s best cars

The Al Bandar Hotel is a great destination for Bentley and Rolls-Royce cars at the end of their Arabian Gulf Adventure.

Rolls-Royce driving through Oman’s mountains
Rolls-Royce driving through Oman’s mountains

Arriving into Qatar they drove into the UAE and then into Muscat – via Nizwa .

The Spirit of Ecstasy in Al Bandar’s car park
The Spirit of Ecstasy in Al Bandar’s car park

Probably the Shangri-la will have to wait a very long time before such a superb queue waits to check in again.

Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra

and a very enjoyable evening at Al Bustan

Simon Wright was the guest conductor for last night’s Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra performance at Al Bustan.

Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra
Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra

He has been Continue reading “Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra”

Muscat Festival Oman

I had an interesting meeting with H.E. Sultan Al Harthy – President of Muscat Municipality

Muscat Festival and other tourism related issues were the topics at a meeting I joined with the new President of Muscat Municipality H.E. Sultan Al Harthy . He gave an overview of issues and elicited comments about the Festival and Muscat’s tourism in general .

H.E. Sultan Al Harthy
H.E. Sultan Al Harthy

Certainly the first meeting of this type (that I can recall) it looks as if the Municipality is looking for more input from ‘stakeholders’ ; his next meeting is with the Bankers of Oman.