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The Land of Frankincense is the guide to historic places in Dhofar Oman associated with Frankincense -

The Land of Frankincense’, my new book, explores key locations associated with Frankincense in Dhofar, including the four UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The Land of Frankincense Paperback and eBook
The Land of Frankincense Paperback and eBook

Locations such as Wadi Andhur, Continue readingThe Land of Frankincense is the guide to historic places in Dhofar Oman associated with Frankincense –

Duqm Refinery

Duqm Refinery has achieved full finance on its path to becoming a driver in Oman’s economic diversification.

One of Oman’s economic objectives is to diversify its income, and the strategies include adding value to raw materials, leverage its geographical location and maximize local manpower skill sets.

Ras Markaz Oman
Ras Markaz Oman

The new “Duqm Refinery” at Ras Markaz Continue reading “Duqm Refinery”

Oman Oil and ORPIC will Merge

Oman’s Government-owned Oman Oil and ORPIC will merge their ‘downstream businesses’, effectively from 2nd December 2018.

Oil Tanker - Muscat
Oil Tanker – Muscat

This merger is intended to be phase one to integrate their entire businesses. The CEO of the combined company will be Musab Abdullah al Mahruqi, he was previously the CEO of ORPIC from April 2010-Dec 2016 and is currently on the Board of Directors with PDO, Oman’s Oil Exploration business. Continue reading “Oman Oil and ORPIC will Merge”

“Oman Opportunities over time” – Dubai Expo 2020 Pavilion

The design for the Oman Pavilion “Oman Opportunities over time” for the forthcoming Dubai Expo 2020 has been revealed by Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, Minister of Heritage and Culture.

Oman Pavilion Dubai 2020 Oman Opportunities over time
Oman Pavilion Dubai 2020 Oman Opportunities over time

The Pavillion design refers the Frankincense Tree, Continue reading ““Oman Opportunities over time” – Dubai Expo 2020 Pavilion”

Careem Taxi Oman

Uber may not be in Oman – but the Middle-East’s own Careem Taxi – Oman is. Careem had started in Muscat in May 2017 but stopped at the request of Oman’s government.

Careem Taxi Oman
Careem Taxi Oman

The new Careem service will use Marhaba Taxis (part of the Omani Ingenuity Technologies L.L.C/Suhail Bahwan Group), which currently operate in Muscat as the Careem fleet vehicles. Careem’s fares will start at OMR1.250; which Careem say is “in line with regular taxis”.

Careem intends to operate in all major towns in Oman (presumably through Marhaba) ; I guess this will mean Suhar, Buraymi, Ibri, Nizwa and Salalah and Sur (the home town of Suhail Bahwan)..

Marhaba Taxi Oman
Marhaba Taxi Oman

The Careem interface and app may not be 100% informative or intuitive and unfortunately the same can be said about Marhaba.
Check here for other news about Taxis in Oman

Sultan Qaboos receives Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Sultan Qaboos Al Said has received in Bait Al Barakah Muscat, Oman, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, along with Israeli security & intelligence Ministers.

Sultan Qaboos and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Sultan Qaboos and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

The visit comes in the same Continue reading “Sultan Qaboos receives Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu”

Battle of Mirbat a key event in the Dhofar war

In the far south of Oman is the location of one of Britain’s Special Air Service’s (SAS) more publicly known battles ‘The Battle of Mirbat’. On 25th October 2018, Prince Harry unveiled a memorial, in Nadi, western Fiji, to one of the key participants, the Fijian Sergeant Talaiasi Labalaba, of SAS.

View from Jabal Ali - Mirbat - Oman Battle of Mirbat
View from Jabal Ali – Mirbat – Oman

On 19 July 1972 the Continue readingBattle of Mirbat a key event in the Dhofar war

Oman’s most influential women 2018

Forbes magazine has released its 2018 list of the ‘Most Influential Women’.  Its good to see Oman’s most influential women are included in the list, including a new entrant.

Amal Bahwan
Amal Bahwan

Dominating this list, as their companies do in their fields within Oman, are Amal Continue reading “Oman’s most influential women 2018”

11 Eid Events in Oman

There are lots of Eid Events in Oman (cultural, family oriented and a horse event)   this August 2018 – check them out and some places to see when you visit each.

22nd August 2nd Day of Eid 16:00 – onwards; SUR – N’ama Beach

Lighthouse and Al Ayjah - Sur
Lighthouse and Al Ayjah – Sur

Sur with its 2 forts Continue reading “11 Eid Events in Oman”

UNESCO sites of Bat, Al Ayn and Al Khutm

In north-western Oman are the ancient tombs and monuments associated with the UNESCO sites of Bat, Al Ayn and Al Khutm. UNESCO’s International Council on Monuments and Sites describes Bat as ‘the most complete and best-known site of the 3rd millennium BC’.

UNESCO - Bat Tomb - Oman
UNESCO – Bat Tomb – Oman

The sites were inscribed Continue reading “UNESCO sites of Bat, Al Ayn and Al Khutm”