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Tim Mackintosh-Smith talks ‘Arabs’

The British-Yemeni Society, The International Association for the Study of Arabia and the MBI Al Jaber Foundation were hosting Tim Mackintosh-Smith in conversation with Ian Black on the book ‘Arabs’ by Tim.

With a break in the gales over Britian and the overcast weather breaking into a bright, sunny day, I took Continue reading “Tim Mackintosh-Smith talks ‘Arabs’”

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 lead 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

Succession in Oman after the death of Sultan Qaboos

The much mourned death of Sultan Qaboos now means that Oman’s law of succession comes into force.

Sultan Qaboos Al Said
Sultan Qaboos Al Said

Sultan Qaboos, who has ruled Oman since 1970, drew up Continue reading “Succession in Oman after the death of Sultan Qaboos”

Sultan Qaboos died 10th of January 2020 – an Obituary of Sultan Qaboos

The very sad news that H.M. Sultan Qaboos died on 10th January 2020, has been announced. There will be an official period of three days mourning, and all flags in Oman will be flown at half mast for 40days.

Born on 18th November 1940, Qaboos bin Said bin Taimur Al Said was the 14th Al Said ruler of Oman. His father Sultan Said ruled Oman from 1932 to 1970 when, during a civil war in Oman’s southern province of Dhofar, Sultan Qaboos became ruler aged 29.

Sultan Qaboos London 1963
Sultan Qaboos London 1963

Sultan Qaboos, the only son of Sultan Said, was Continue reading “Sultan Qaboos died 10th of January 2020 – an Obituary of Sultan Qaboos”

Prince William visits Oman for a short visit after arriving from Kuwait

Prince William flew in from Kuwait to visit Oman in early December 2019. Sultan Qaboos met with him in Bait Al Baraka.

 

Sultan Qaboos meets Prince William
Sultan Qaboos meets Prince William

On Prince William’s arrival he first went to Khasab where he was received by Sayyid Ibrahim bin Said al Busaidy Governor of Musandam.

Prince William and Sayyid Ibrahim bin Said al Busaidy, Governor of Musandam
Prince William and Sayyid Ibrahim bin Said al Busaidy, Governor of Musandam

Then he flew into Muscat Continue readingPrince William visits Oman for a short visit after arriving from Kuwait

Touring the UAE with a group

I enjoyed touring the UAE with a group, seeing some of the old and new that the country has to offer.

We first took an Abra, from Radisson Blu Hotel on the creek, to the old suq in Bur Dubai which is full of interest and colour.

Shop - Bur Dubai - UAE
Shop – Bur Dubai – UAE

The walk allowed the group to get a taste of Continue readingTouring the UAE with a group

St. Francis Xavier Church – Salalah Oman

Archbishop Francisco Montecillo Padilla – the Vatican’s Apostolic Nuncio (diplomat) to Yemen, Kuwait, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Qatar (strangely he doesn’t look after Oman) – and Dr. Ahmed Khamis Masood Al Bahri, director in Oman’s Ministry of Religious Endowments and Religious Affairs of Oman inaugurated St. Francis Xavier Church in Salalah, Oman.

St. Francis Xavier in Salalah
Archbishop Francisco Montecillo Padilla , Dr. Ahmed Khamis Masood Al Bahri & Bishop Paul Hinder

The event was celebrated Continue reading “St. Francis Xavier Church – Salalah Oman”