It was nice to visit one of my favourite parts of Oman, Bidiya, over Eid.
Just on the edge of the Wahiba Sands, a scattering of small Date Oasis make use of the subsurface water and oven like summer temperatures to grow some of Oman’s wonderful dates. This Eid however my visit to Bidiya was made doubly special as I enjoyed lunch with the current proprietor of the historic Al Salmi Library, Dr Abdulrahman Al Salmi.
After lunch, I was shown the Library whose core was established by Sheikh Nur al-Din Salmi, Dr Abdulrahman’s great-grandfather, in the early 20thc. The books are a superb resource for Islamic scholars and those interested in Oman.