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Arabia at the London Book Fair 2018

Tulips under a male Date Palm, just off Kensington High Street in London,

Date Palm - London
Date Palm – London

set the tone for a mix of Continue reading “Arabia at the London Book Fair 2018”

London Book Fair 2018

The offer for me to fill the vacant Presidential seat naturally got turned down,

The President is Missing – London Book Fair
The President is Missing – London Book Fair

though I guess the new book by Bill Clinton and James Patterson ‘The President is Missing’ will Continue reading “London Book Fair 2018”

Talk by Stuart Laing on Tippu Tip

It was a day for me of, amongst other things, an East African experience. Passing through the British Museum on my way to a talk at SOAS; Zanzibari artefacts seemed to call out ‘ look at me’.

British Museum - Kofia mens cap - Zanzibar
British Museum – Kofia mens cap – Zanzibar

One was very familiar as the Continue reading “Talk by Stuart Laing on Tippu Tip”

A flying visit to Isfahan

With a few days free I flew from Sharjah in the UAE to Isfahan in Iran.

Isfahans - Jameh Mosque - Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque - Shah Mosque
Isfahan’s – Jameh Mosque – Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque – Shah Mosque

Landing in Shahid Beheshti International Airport at Isfahan it was obvious Continue reading “A flying visit to Isfahan”

Pilgrimage to Walsingham with Jasper Jacob

East of King’s Lynn we travelled along the coast

King's Lynn Town Hall and Trinity Guildhall
King’s Lynn Town Hall and Trinity Guildhall

which leads to numerous Continue reading “Pilgrimage to Walsingham with Jasper Jacob”

Cambridge and King’s Lynn England

After all the snow and freezing weather, it was great to travel up to Cambridge and King’s Lynn.

Kettles Yard Cambridge
Kettle’s Yard Cambridge

Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge re-opened in early Continue reading “Cambridge and King’s Lynn England”

Shangri La in Muscat repositions its hotels branding

Omans first resort, and possibly most successful hotel property, is on the verge of being ‘repositioned’

Al Waha Shangri La
Al Waha Shangri La

regarding its Branding. The Shangri-la Barr Al Jissa Resort and Spa is probably the key hotel in Oman, and Continue reading “Shangri La in Muscat repositions its hotels branding”

Oman Visa application process is updated

Visiting Oman? Read on…
The issuing authority of visas for Oman, the Royal Oman Police, have announced important changes of how visas can be applied for.

Visa Entry & Exit stamps UAE & Oman
Visa Entry & Exit stamps UAE & Oman

Initial newspaper reports on Feb 18th gave Continue reading “Oman Visa application process is updated”

Oman & Jordan small group tour

It’s always a pleasure to travel leading a small group tour. Zegrahm Expeditions, acclaimed for their exceptional programs, will include both Oman and Jordan together in their guided small group tours.

Chedi Muscat Cabana poolside
Chedi Muscat Cabana poolside

The size of the group enables us to organise experiences that may not be available for an individual traveller. However, a small group usually does allow flexibility to Continue reading “Oman & Jordan small group tour”

Oman Taxi services – new regulations

Oman’s Ministry of Transport and Communications have said that all Taxis (including the original Orange and White unmetered ones) will soon have fares set by the appropriate government authority . The Ministry intends to study supply & demand and operational costs, throughout the Sultanate.
Its reported vehicles should have a tracking system, presumably

Oman Taxi Marhaba and traditional Orange and White
Oman Taxi Marhaba and traditional Orange and White

a GPS based one, along with a navigation system, perhaps Continue reading “Oman Taxi services – new regulations”

Oman in Bradt Guide’s 2018 ‘Exceptional Places’

Oman has been included in Bradt Guide’s 2018 ‘Exceptional Places’.

This annual listing is a recommendation of those countries, cities or regions that Bradt, the award-winning guidebook publisher, feels should be visited.

Royal Opera House Muscat
Royal Opera House Muscat

This year’s exceptional places include Continue reading “Oman in Bradt Guide’s 2018 ‘Exceptional Places’”