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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”

Donald Trump and Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian President, might meet

The last month has seen a flurry of activity by Oman that seems to be focused on Iran and a meeting between Donald Trump and Hassan Rouhani.

This may have been set off by a meeting on March 13th  James Mattis the USA Defense Secretary met with Sultan Qaboos in Muscat .

 

Sultan Qaboos and James Mattis
Sultan Qaboos and James Mattis

 

Following this meeting On March 16th ‘s Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs  Continue reading “Donald Trump and Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian President, might meet”

Sur Port in Oman looks ready for construction

Oman is on the verge of having a large new commercial port, Sur Port Oman.

Located at Sur in eastern Oman, the proposed port will be part of a growing industrial base focused on the LNG plants and Omani India Fertilizer Company.

Port of Sur meets Oman's Public Establishment of Industrial Estates
Suez Holdings meets Oman’s Public Establishment of Industrial Estates – from Suez Holdings

The feasibility study was Continue reading “Sur Port in Oman looks ready for construction”

Qalhat in Oman is listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites

Qalhat in Oman, 22kms north-west of the port town of Sur is Oman’s latest UNESCO World Heritage Site, following from the announcement of Al Ahsa in Saudi Arabia.

Water Cistern – Qalhat in Oman - UNESCO
Water Cistern – Qalhat UNESCO – Oman

Qalhat is an Continue reading “Qalhat in Oman is listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites”

Remarkable new discoveries from Iron Age Rustaq Oman

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 .

Dr Derek Kennet BFSA Talk Archaeology in Oman
Dr Derek Kennet BFSA Talk about a little studied region in Oman

Dr Kennet has Continue reading “Remarkable new discoveries from Iron Age Rustaq Oman”

Cyclone Mekunu aftermath

Cyclone Mekunu brought what is probably Dhofar’s most intense rainfall ever, which in turn brought some deaths (6 reported and perhaps a few more), caused destroyed roads and spectacular waterfalls.

Cyclone Mekenu 23 May MODIS NASA
Cyclone Mekenu 23 May MODIS NASA

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”