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Oman’s OMRAN appoints a new CEO

OMRAN, the Oman Ministry of Tourism’s subsidiary, will have a new CEO, from May 1st. He will join OMRAN following the departure, for personal reasons, of the previous CEO James Wilson in February 2017.

OMRAN Mina Qaboos
OMRAN Mina Qaboos

The arrival of the new CEO Continue reading “Oman’s OMRAN appoints a new CEO”

Oman Air’s 2016 financial results.

Oman Air has issued its 2016 financial statement.

Oman Air’s chairman H.H. Darwish bin Ismail bin Ali Al Balushi highlighted the introduction of 4 new Boing 737-800s leading to a total of 47 aircraft within the fleet. This lead to a total of 7.7million passengers using Oman Air,

Oman Air over Azaiba in Muscat
Oman Air over Azaiba in Muscat

an increase of 21% over 2015 and an increase in available Continue reading “Oman Air’s 2016 financial results.”

Oman Visa regulations are revised

Tourist Visa regulations for Oman have just been revised by the issuing authority, the Royal Oman Police, on both effective price and period.

Oman UAE Exit and Entry Stamps
Oman UAE Exit and Entry Stamps

Previously a 10 day tourist visa was available, on demand at the place of arrival for many nationalities, it cost Rial Omani 5 Continue reading “Oman Visa regulations are revised”

Oman’s Top 5 things to do in May 2017

May can often be Oman’s hottest month and temperatures over 40c are frequent. This means that activities need to be selected to take the heat into account.

Ice Skating Oman
Ice Skating Oman

Though spending time in one of Oman’s almost innumerable Continue reading “Oman’s Top 5 things to do in May 2017”

China-Oman Industrial Park at Ad Duqm

Ad Duqm was once, only a few years ago, a small village with a couple of shops, an equal number of local restaurants and it was a cash economy with not even a bank. However times have changed and Oman’s port and industrial zone in Ad Duqm (Duqm SEZA) hosted Oman Wanfang LLC, a Chinese company, for a signing ceremony on the 19th April for Oman Wanfang to develop 1,172 hectares of land adjacent to Ad Duqm’s port.

China-Arab Wanfang Sign
China-Arab Wanfang Sign

Oman Wanfang is a consortium of six private Continue reading “China-Oman Industrial Park at Ad Duqm”

Oman appears in the Top 5 safest travel destinations reports World Economic Forum

For a safe holiday destination, it seems Finland is the place to go, however for those who crave winter sun, there is a far more appealing option, Oman.

Tourists Celebratory Tea Break
Tourists Celebratory Tea Break in Oman

According to the World Economic Forum Continue reading “Oman appears in the Top 5 safest travel destinations reports World Economic Forum”

Wallace Collection and Daunt Books

Just north of crowded Oxford Street in London is probably the most opulent single collection of decorative arts in Britain, the Wallace Collection in Hertford House.

Hertford House - London
Hertford House – London

Gifted to Britain by Lady Wallace in 1897, the collection was Continue reading “Wallace Collection and Daunt Books”

Wandering through London

North of London’s centre for Lawyers is Lincoln’s Inn Fields one of London’s great public squares.

Sir John Soane's Museum
Sir John Soane’s Museum

It’s where one of London’s oldest and nicest Museums, Sir John Soane’s Museum, is located. Despite the good weather I had a Continue reading “Wandering through London”

Sooty Falcon in Oman

Oman is a destination for migratory birds during  Spring and Autumn. Some pass through, others like White Storks and Steppe Eagles overwinter in Oman using it as a food larder and return to breeding grounds to the north. But there are some that come to Oman and breed, and included in these are the Sooty Falcon, Falco concolor.

Sooty Falcon Falco concolor - Oman
Sooty Falcon Falco concolor – Oman

The Sooty Falcon is a medium-sized falcon with, as its name suggests, a colour that is a shade of grey, perhaps Continue reading “Sooty Falcon in Oman”

Amazon to enter the Middle East almost immediatly

The world’s largest retailer, Amazon, is about to plunge into the Middle East with a US$ 700million appx purchase of the Dubai based online retailer.

Amazon to enter Middle East Market
Amazon to enter Middle East Market

Though there are numerous other similar Continue reading “Amazon to enter the Middle East almost immediatly”

Sunshine in Saffron Walden

Sunny weather made for a great visit to Saffron Walden, about 90kms north of central London. The town is some 1000 years old with evidence of older settlement dating from the Roman period (43-600AD).

St Mary the Virgin, Saffron Walden
St Mary the Virgin, Saffron Walden from Bridge End Gardens

The age of the town is reflected in its delightfully Continue reading “Sunshine in Saffron Walden”

Oman’s Top 5 things to do in April 2017

Oman has some wonderful experiences during April.

There will be a several day long Camel event at As Suwayq 2-6, 2017; including the Ardha 2 man event.

Camel event Oman
Camel event Oman

The races are in the morning, well before Continue reading “Oman’s Top 5 things to do in April 2017”