The original ferries to Masirah Island in Oman are Landing Craft Tank (LCT) type roll-on roll-off ferries. Their shallow flat base makes them ideal to navigate the sand bars between the Oman mainland and Masirah Island. In Australia the crossing to Fraser Island is a similar distance, around 20kms, and sea condition. Fortunately on the many crossings Ive made to Masirah Island Ive never seen a vehicle drop off – like this one to Fraser Island Australia Continue reading “Car Drops off an Australian Ferry”
Its inconceivable to spend several days in Oman, let alone 12,
without spending Continue reading “12 Days of Christmas in Oman Day Eleven”
In the government services area that is bisected by Maydan Al Fath St is the largest of the original Royal Police Stations (ROP) in Muscat.
Next to the Oil Terminal, main accident Hospital, Police Sports Stadium and Law College, Continue reading “First woman head of police station in Oman”
Ten Days in Oman without seeing a Wadi (valley) is unthinkable.
The mountainous areas of the Sultanate are full of dramatic and beautiful wadis, so choosing one to visit Continue reading “12 Days of Christmas in Oman Day Ten”
Reports in many media including separately by Reuters and Bloomberg say that Oman is joining the Saudi-led ‘Islamic alliance against terror’. This alliance is widely assumed a force lead by Saudi Arabia against Iran, despite any doubt suggested by its name.
The timing of the letter signed by Sayyid Badr bin Saud bin Harib al-Busaidi, Continue reading “Oman is joining the ‘Islamic Military Alliance Against Terrorism’”
Searching out Drummers at Christmas in Oman
With so many migrating birds in Oman over the holidays ,
the eighth day Continue reading “12 Days of Christmas in Oman Day Eight”
On the seventh day of Christmas head for the heights.
At 1800 meters above the Sea of Oman are the spectacular pre-historic Continue reading “12 Days of Christmas in Oman Day Seven”
Almost hidden in the Royal Opera House complex is the opulent restaurant Al Angham.
Decorated in a Continue reading “12 Days of Christmas in Oman Day Six”
Christmas Day in Oman allows you to join in a church service in one of several church’s throughout the country.
You will find a Continue reading “12 Days of Christmas in Oman Day Five”
Vogue seems to have so many International Editions that they need a dedicated International Editor.
Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha), part of the trinity of gifts,
was an ingredient used Continue reading “12 Days of Christmas in Oman Day Four”
One of the original Christmas Gifts and primarily from Oman, Frankincense is a ‘must have’ to bring back home after your visit into the country.
Frankincense (Boswellia sacra) is both Continue reading “12 Days of Christmas in Oman Day Three”
Just west of Muscat Airport is the project owned by Omagine Inc (OMAG.PK) which is partially owned by its Chairman Frank J Drohan, Omagine and Oman Government entity Royal Court Affairs (RCA); this is just under 1 sq km. It has, they say, received finance approval earlier in 2016. This project has been under process since 2007 (opens as PDF) according to their website, when a partnership was formed with J&P Construction. Amongst their Directors is Alan M Matus, who apparently was a director with USA Presidential candidate and reality TV personality Donald Trump.
A similar substantial project in Barka west of Muscat, previously called ‘Blue City’ is now slightly smaller as its owner since the end of 2015, Muscat Finance Corporation, has provided 1.5sqkm of the 32sq km plot to “Muscat National Development & Investment Company” (ASAAS) . The land will be a sea front entertainment and leisure destination,
part of Oman’s thrust towards Continue reading “New Leisure Projects in Oman Omagine near the Airport Muscat“
On the second day of Christmas in Oman, what better thing to do than start organising your gifts for those back home. Gold is always special and here is something very different
Gold & Silver Bracelets Mutrah. Silver was the traditional Continue reading “12 Days of Christmas in Oman Day Two”