Holiday Villa Morocco

in Tangier

Set just outside Tangier this beautiful and well maintained Moroccan Villa is a superb private setting for a family or friends to enjoy during their holiday.

Dar Tangier Gardens
Dar Tangier Gardens

Five bedrooms and comfortable living rooms are set in sub-tropical gardens.

Dar Tangier Sitting Room
Dar Tangier Sitting Room

Contact the owner direct.

Cruising into Muscat

the Dawn Princess arrives in Oman

Setting off from Australia , the Dawn Princess arrived in Muscat today, during its World Cruise .

Dawn Princess in Muscat’s Port
Dawn Princess in Muscat’s Port

Its possibly the first World Cruise to start in Australia so, naturally, the majority of the passengers came from Australia and New Zealand. Muscat was cooler than it has been which was good for the people taking shore excursions.

Wilfred Thesiger and Oman’s Desert

Crossing paths through Oman

I arrived at Aiyun around Sunset. The mountains were cracking as they cooled down after the day’s intense heat and, in answer, birds called .

Wilfred Thesiger stayed here
Wilfred Thesiger stayed here

Wilfred Thesiger first arrived here in the Autumn of 1946, Continue reading “Wilfred Thesiger and Oman’s Desert”

Oman Air’s new Jets start arriving

the first of perhaps more than 10 new jets arrive into Muscat

Oman Air has taken delivery of the first of its new A330-200 Airbus jets. These are configured for 216 passengers, including 20 business class seats and 196 economy class seats.

Oman Air over Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
Oman Air over Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

That should allow more comfort to visitors flying from London Heathrow, Paris, Munich & Frankfurt into Muscat.

The airline is expecting 7 planes with an option of 6 more.

Our Turtle has stopped Transmitting in Oman

we will sponsor this years batch

I enjoy watching turtles on the Beaches of Oman so much that, last year, decided to ‘adopt’ one. The Turtle chosen ‘Havda’ was tracked as she swam up up to the Straights of Hormuz. Unfortunately the transmitter has stopped its signal – so we will miss her future travels

Oman Ministry of Tourism

a morning session in Muscat

Oman’s Ministry of Tourism invited Tour operators in Oman for an overview of the promotions that Oman’s Tourism Representative Offices have been doing over the past 12 months in countries from Australia to Britain .

Alison Cryer of the London Oman Tourist Office
Alison Cryer of the London Oman Tourist Office

 

There was considerable variation in their marketing approach – from extensive use of printed media – through to social functions. This variation continued in their style of presentation – with some emphasizing facts – others attitudes.

Buying a Omani Mussar Turban

a key part of Eid shopping

Ramadhan is a time of fasting of course. But in modern Oman it’s also a period of new clothes purchasing . Men’s Turbans’ are a key purchase, usually done to go with the new DishDash (traditional gown) and Sandals.

Buying Turban
Buying Turban

I must say that, accompanying a friend, I felt the shop keeper needed the ‘patience of Job’ our neighbour buried in Salalah . Colour, Pattern, Quality and, of course price, are key elements in making a decision and with hundreds of Turbans to choose from, in each shop, it’s a task that is not for the faint hearted.

Buying a Omani Mussar Turban
Buying a Omani Mussar Turban

Rembrandt Exhibition in Muscat

a bit disappointing – though good to have in Muscat

The Rembrandt Exhibition of etchings in Muscat is about half way through its life. Walking through a replica of his rebuilt home in Amsterdam the prints are displayed around the Ballroom wall of the Grand Hyatt .While the entrance adds a touch of drama to a visit – the Ballroom is so large, and the prints so small; that they loose the intimacy that they probably deserve.

Rembrandt Exhibition
Rembrandt Exhibition

Openings and Closings in Muscat

almost like loosing a friend

 

The National Museum’s work is now under way in Muscat. Jasper Jacob, the designer, has been working on this for many years and has been a great companion with me on journeys through Oman so he can get inspiration for the building.

the new National Museum
the new National Museum

The overall design is in keeping with the new mall down to the Palace – and will feature halls on regions of Oman and hopefully a Coffee Shop and Gift Shop.

Bandar Jissah Work Starts
Bandar Jissah Work Starts

Closing shortly is my favourite (and probably many others) beach in Muscat; Bandar Jissah. 23 years of swimming in the bay – around the Island, up and down the peninsulas means that its really been a question of is ‘life a beach ‘ . It’s changed during that time – from a dirt track road access, to tarmac, with small snack bar, toilets etc . Gradually more families made use of it – till at weekends it was overflowing with people relaxing . But its biggest change is now unfolding – into one of Muscat’s innumerable private beach front developments Saraya Al Jissah .

If any one can suggest an alternative swimming beach – please let me know.

Ferries in Oman are part of a growing trend

a drive to Egypt from Oman looks easier

The Ferries which Oman had delivered seem to have become part of a growing trend in the Arab world . The Red Sea is also now home to Ferries built by the same Australian company who built the couple that are already in service in Muscat .It does make it very tempting to drive from Oman through Egypt / Morocco to England