After the British Foundation for the Study of Arabia (BFSA) Annual General Meeting, there was a good chance to listen to Dr Derek Kennet talk about Archaeology in Oman and especially the Iron Age archaeology of a little-studied region in Oman .
Sir Wilfred Patrick Thesiger was born on 3 June 1910 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (then Abyssinia) into a life of privilege and aristocratic connections.
His father was the Continue reading “Wilfred Thesiger”
The effect can be seen by the closure announcment, by the National Committee for Civil Defense, of major road links – shown in a diagram issued after Cyclone Mekunu. As the diagram Continue reading “Cyclone Mekunu aftermath”
A Tropical Cyclone named Mekunu, has formed south of the southern Oman coast of Dhofar. This Cyclone is relatively weak, with the ‘eye’ disintegrating and forward speed of less than 10kmph. However, the ocean surface temperature remains at over 31c and will provide an increase in the energy of the Cyclone as it approaches the coast.
Circulatory windspeeds of around Continue reading “Tropical Cyclone Mekunu approaches Dhofar Oman”
Oman has made a departure from the usual practice of only announcing the start of Ramadhan, and other religious events, by actually Continue reading “Oman announces dates for Ramadhan 2018”
Tulips under a male Date Palm, just off Kensington High Street in London,
set the tone for a mix of Continue reading “Arabia at the London Book Fair 2018”
The offer for me to fill the vacant Presidential seat naturally got turned down,
though I guess the new book by Bill Clinton and James Patterson ‘The President is Missing’ will Continue reading “London Book Fair 2018”
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’.
One was very familiar as the Continue reading “Talk by Stuart Laing on Tippu Tip”
With a few days free I flew from Sharjah in the UAE to Isfahan in Iran.
Landing in Shahid Beheshti International Airport at Isfahan it was obvious Continue reading “A flying visit to Isfahan”
Muscat International Airport opened its new terminal for the first flights on
which leads to numerous Continue reading “Pilgrimage to Walsingham with Jasper Jacob”
After all the snow and freezing weather, it was great to travel up to Cambridge and King’s Lynn.
Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge re-opened in early Continue reading “Cambridge and King’s Lynn England”
Omans first resort, and possibly most successful hotel property, is on the verge of being ‘repositioned’
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”