Splendour of the Seas in Mina Sultan Qaboos

Muscat was wet and dreary when the Splendour of the Seas arrived in Mina Sultan Qaboos

The weather in northern Oman has been unusually wet over the last few weeks. Heavy storms coming down from the north have brought rain, hail and flooding in some areas. So the weather was far from splendid when the Splendour of the Seas docked in Mina Sultan Qaboos.

Yelmer on his Harley in Muttrah
Yelmer on his Harley in Muttrah

Just before sunset more showers soaked Continue reading “Splendour of the Seas in Mina Sultan Qaboos”

Esmeralda shipwreck

possibly the oldest wreck ever found from Europe’s initial period of colonization in Asia

There can have been few countries whose population exploded around the world as quickly or indeed violently as the Portuguese. From a small insignificant land on the edge of Europe, they swept into east Asia. Leading the charge in many respects was Vasco de Gama who crossed the Arabian Sea in 1498 with 4 small ships landing into the Indian port of Calicut. In 1502 he lead the 4th Portuguese fleet into the region, this time with the clear intention to subjugate the coastal populations, largely in retaliation for defeats in previous years and to monopolise trade destined for Europe. His fleet was of 20 ships, indicative of the value of the potential trade as well as the numbers of ships lost during the previous annual sailings from Portugal that made larger numbers of ships essential to achieve success.

Vicente Sodré
Vicente Sodré

After Vasco de Gama returned Continue reading “Esmeralda shipwreck”

Oman’s latest cave in Jebel Akhdar

with beautiful interior architecture

In the heights of Jabal Akhdar a new cave has been discovered.

Jabal Akhdar cave entrance
Jabal Akhdar cave entrance Photos by Joe Daniels ; with Steve and Katherine Jones & Roger

 

Its one of two which have recently been found in the same area. Like the acclaimed Continue reading “Oman’s latest cave in Jebel Akhdar”

Ruwi’s Waterfall springs to life

The schools had their emergency day off and the rain came

With pulse after pulse of clouds coming over Muscat during the last few afternoons it was almost certain one would bring heavy rain; today was the day.

Ruwi Clouds coming in
Ruwi Clouds coming in

Schools had been closed for Continue reading “Ruwi’s Waterfall springs to life”

Oman Association for the Disabled

one of a growing number of support groups in Oman for people with special needs

Located in Azaiba the Oman Association for the Disabled is one of the oldest organizations who support disabled people in Oman.

Oman Association for the Disabled
Oman Association for the Disabled

With a second office in Sohar they are focused on Continue reading “Oman Association for the Disabled”

Al Roya at Muscat Book Fair

promoting a range of books including my book ‘Walking Through History’

Muscat Book Fair, the annual event is always busy with buyers and often lots of interesting new books.

Al Roya at Muscat Book Fair
Al Roya at Muscat Book Fair

Most of Oman’s publishers have a stand and many of Continue reading “Al Roya at Muscat Book Fair”