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Jordan Small Group Tour exploring this ancient monarchy

Jordan enthrals people from around the world, and it certainly worked its appeal on a Jordan Small Group Tour I led on a tour through the kingdom, to delve into some of its well-known and not-so-well-known features.

Amman Citadel overlooking Amman
Amman Citadel overlooking Amman

Staying at the Intercontinental Amman, it was only a short drive to the site Continue readingJordan Small Group Tour exploring this ancient monarchy

Oman Air to be right sized says Engineer Saeed bin Hamoud Al Maawali, Oman's Minister of Transport, Communications and Information Technology and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Oman Air.

Oman Air recently signed a major sponsorship deal with British Football club Chelsea, for three years. The deal with apparently include a specially-designed co-branded livery, which will be unveiled as part of Oman’s fleet later this year, as well as other promotional content campaigns.

Oman Air with Chelsea FC Livery
Oman Air with Chelsea FC Livery

Oman Air’s  CEO, at that time,  Continue readingOman Air to be right sized says Engineer Saeed bin Hamoud Al Maawali, Oman’s Minister of Transport, Communications and Information Technology and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Oman Air.

Oman Rail to be running by 2029 “within five years, we will have these rails rolling,”

Oman’s infrastructure will be boosted by 2029 explained Oman’s Ministry of Transport Said Al Mawali, speaking with Bloomberg Television  as part of the Foreign Investment Forum on Thursday.

Haramain Train Madinah Saudi

A railway system between Oman and neighbouring Continue readingOman Rail to be running by 2029 “within five years, we will have these rails rolling,”

New UK Entry & Transit Requirements being rolled out for many nationalities

Are you planning to travel through the UK (in transit) or visit it without requiring a visa?

Passports and Stamp
Passports and Stamp

If so, you might want to know about the new Continue readingNew UK Entry & Transit Requirements being rolled out for many nationalities

CAIRO TO LUXOR BY TRAIN I cycled to see Tutankhamun's tomb in Luxor - and wandered through the Museums in Cairo.

It’s a fantastic way to see Egypt.

The Cairo – Luxor train passes through that narrow strip of fertility on the edge of the desert beyond. The pace is sedate – and the schedule stretches hours beyond the timetable – but isn’t the journey part of the experience.

In Luxor I used a bike to get around – Continue readingCAIRO TO LUXOR BY TRAIN I cycled to see Tutankhamun’s tomb in Luxor – and wandered through the Museums in Cairo.

GCC MEETING RIYADH 2022 is also attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Saudi Arabia’s Prince Mohammed bin Salam Al Saud, Oman’s Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said and other Gulf leaders at King Abdul Aziz International Convention Centre on December 9, 2022. This is during the GCC Meeting Riyadh 2022. Despite the attendance of the Chinese President Continue readingGCC MEETING RIYADH 2022 is also attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping

THE EU MAY SOON OFFER VISA FREE TRAVEL TO OMANI CITIZENS

The EU may soon offer Visa free travel to Omani citizens. Draft legislation will have to be endorsed by the full house of the European Parliament. Who knows – perhaps a reciprical arrangement will be made – Visa free travel for EU citizens into Oman…

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

https://timesofoman.com/article/124137-european-parliament-panel-nod-to-visa-free-travel-for-omani-citizens

UNESCO LISTS OMAN’S KHANJAR within its listing of craft skills and social practices as part of Intangible Heritage.

The Omani Khanjar has just been inscribed on UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage list.

Khanjar & Mobile Phone
Khanjar & Mobile Phone

This traditional dagger, a Khanjar, is an important part of Continue readingUNESCO LISTS OMAN’S KHANJAR within its listing of craft skills and social practices as part of Intangible Heritage.

The Last Word for IASA my unexpected contribution to the International Association for the Study of Arabia

I am absolutely delighted that the International Association for the Study of Arabia (IASA https://iasarabia.org/) gave me the ‘last word’ in their 2022 Autumn Edition (number 29).

The Last Word - International Association for the Study of Arabia IASA Bulletin 2022
The Last Word – IASA Bulletin 2022

The IASA is a charitable organisation that exists to advance public knowledge of the Arabian Peninsula, through the promotion of research relating to its cultural and natural heritage. Continue readingThe Last Word for IASA my unexpected contribution to the International Association for the Study of Arabia