About Tony Tony writes about Arabia and leads tours through the region

Oman Books by Tony Walsh, author about Oman and Arabia.

Bradt Guide Oman Edition 5 - 2022
Bradt Guide Oman Edition 5 - 2022

Since 1986, I have built up a wealth of knowladge about Arabia. As a small business operator I was hands on in many areas, including dealing with officialdom - from the customs officers clearing 40ft containers - The Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Mutawa) in Saudi Arabia when a retail store, unknowingly, infringed their edicts - through to meetings with the most senior government ministers appointed by the Sultan. As a traveller I met with people from fisherfolk eking a living in remote regions - the family of Bertram Thomas's guides, through to the most senior Sheikh of Oman's largest Bedu tribe.

Tony Walsh in Oman's Empty Quarter Desert
Tony Walsh in Oman's Empty Quarter Desert

Initially, I worked in retailing - including managing stores for the British franchised BHS department store group in Saudi Arabia. Subsequently, I ran my own import, wholesale & retail business in Oman.

After some years I developed an inbound tourism operation in Oman & decided to move away from retail. Shortly after that, tourism in the region was disrupted by the attacks of 11 September 2001 & tourism ground to a halt.
Serendipity then played its part and, fortunately, I found new sources of income. These included from the USAF, during their operations in Afghanistan and then Iraq. I successfully tendered for a number of construction projects, initially at Oman's Masirah's air-base and later also at Seeb North (Muscat).

The relocation of the USAF out of Oman coincided with the return of tourism to Oman. Our cultural tour programs resumed, providing tours throughout Oman and occasionally into Bahrain, Qatar, UAE & Yemen.

Apart from intensive exploration of Oman, I have enjoyed travelling widely through the region on land and sea. This includes Syria south to Yemen (this visit I made to Yemen was the subject of my 1st blog post) and Egypt east to Iran. Of course I have explored the vast hub of all these Saudi Arabia, most recently in 2023.

I have been fortunate to write magazine articles allowing readers of international publications to enjoy the region; crafted in-house booklets for Oman's Ministry of Tourism; and also penned a coffee-table book that the Ministry kindly funded.

In 2022 I wrote the Oman guide (5th edition) for Bradt Guides. This is an update to my 4th edition (2016) of the Oman guide for Bradt. The 5th edition has been re-written, and includes new mapping.

If you buy any of my books - thank you. I do hope that some of what I have learnt and distilled into my books is of use to you.

If you wish to link up socially I am @realTonyWalsh - however use my contact page on this site if you wish.

I am @realTonyWalsh

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Oman Ministry of Tourism Booklets – I was commissioned to produce – Images, Maps and Text in Arabic as well as English
Oman Ministry of Tourism Booklets - Images, Maps and Text by Tony – 28 English & Arabic booklets