Oman Books by Tony Walsh, author about Oman and Arabia.
For over 30 years, I worked in Arabia. 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 that business developed an inbound tourism operation in Oman. Shortly after closing my shops, tourism in the region was disrupted by the attacks of 11 September 2001. Serendipity then played its part and, fortunately, I found new sources of income. These included from the USAF with whom I successfully tendered for a number of construction projects at their 2 bases in Oman, during their operations in Afghanistan and then Iraq. My finances thankfully remained positive.
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 travelled 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.
I have authored books about Oman, including a coffee-table book on Oman's UNESCO sites, kindly financed by Oman's Ministry of Tourism. Subsequently, I authored the ministry's own series of booklets on Oman's governorates.
Though I no longer live in the region, I am delighted to continue leading small group land tours in the region. These focus on a varied general interest program that includes the best of a country from its nature to archaeology.
Onboard cruise ships in the Arabian Sea region, I give speaking services to add to the passengers' understanding of the region.
I also continue to write. The most recent book is the 2022 (5th edition) Oman guide for Bradt Guides. This is an update to my 4th edition of the Oman guide for Bradt. It has been re-edited, with new mapping.
If you buy any of my books - thank you. I do hope that some of what I have learnt is of use to you.