Camel Racing in Oman

from a BBC program

Late 2009 we organized a Camel week in Oman for a TV program – culminating in their participating in a Couple of Camel Races .

Well – here is part of the resulting TV program – the really chaotic pursuit of the racing Camels by their trainers in cars.

You can also read about a visit we made to camel races in Oman a few years ago

Brilliance of the Seas

to be joined in Muscat by Seabourn Legend in a couple of years

Brilliance of the Seas in Muscat
Brilliance of the Seas in Muscat

Joining the Costa and Aida ships, Brilliance of the Seas is now a regular arrival for us in Muscat bringing people for a visit into Oman

As its a new destination for her it will take time for the cruise excursions to be tailored to her passengers needs but I am confident that Muscat will be one of her more popular port calls in the Gulf cruises.

Dust over Arabia

shown on a NASA image

We have been having over a week of dusty skies covering Oman. Unusually it really does cover the entire country as I found on my drive to Salalah last week. And here is the reason –

Dust over Arabia
Dust over Arabia

an enormous dust cloud moving down from Iraq and spreading out over the Arabian Sea. Of course its not one of my photos so  – a nice thank you to NASA for the image

Marriott Hotel Salalah

looks as if it will be a nice hotel for Oman

Having just opened, it was nice to be able to visit the new Marriott Resort near Mirbat Oman. Set on a very interesting beach with some areas of white sand and others of rock it will be a good hotel to relax in, especially as its isolated at almost 80kms from Salalah.

Marriott Mirbat Salalah
Marriott Mirbat Salalah

On the drive back I made a visit into Shuwaymiyah, whose pale cliffs drop into the Arabian Sea , as I was staying in a small village nearby.