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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”

Oman’s Frankincense

Oman’s Frankincense would have been the original cash crop if cash had been invented 3,500 years ago; but in those days it was a crop of barter, royal gift or the spoil of war.

Adoration of the Magi - Museo Pio Cristiano
Adoration of the Magi – Museo Pio Cristiano

The most famous use of Frankincense is Continue reading “Oman’s Frankincense”

SUR PORT 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 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”

Wilfred Thesiger

Sir Wilfred Thesiger was born on 3 June 1910 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (then Abyssinia) into a life of privilege and aristocratic connections.

Wilfred Thesiger in Oman
Wilfred Thesiger is looked at by an Omani man

His father was the Continue reading “Wilfred Thesiger”

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”

Tropical Cyclone Mekunu approaches Dhofar Oman

Cyclone Mekunu approaches Dhofar Oman and has formed to the south of the southern Oman coast of Dhofar. This Cyclone is relatively weak, with the ‘eye’ disintegrating and forward speed of less than 10kmph. However, the ocean surface temperature remains at over 31c and this will certainly provide an increase in the energy of the Cyclone as it approaches the coast.

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

Circulatory windspeeds of around Continue reading “Tropical Cyclone Mekunu approaches Dhofar Oman”

Arabia at the London Book Fair 2018

Tulips under a male Date Palm, just off Kensington High Street in London,

Date Palm - London
Date Palm – London

set the tone for a mix of Continue reading “Arabia at the London Book Fair 2018”