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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 Souq.com 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”

Sultan Qaboos appoints a second Deputy Prime Minister.

Sultan Qaboos who as well as being Oman’s Head of State is also the country’s Prime Minister and Foreign, Defence & Finance Minister. The country has had a Deputy Prime Minister H.H Sayyid Fahad bin Mahmood Al-Said who frequently chairs cabinet meetings whose members include the Cabinet Ministers responsible for Foreign, Defence & Financial affairs.

Sayyid Asa’ad bin Tariq Al Said (Left)
Sayyid Asa’ad bin Tariq Al Said (Left)

On March 2nd Continue reading “Sultan Qaboos appoints a second Deputy Prime Minister.”

Kempinski Muscat should open late 2017

Gearing up for a late Autumn opening is the Kempinski Muscat. The hotel is one of the key tenants of Al Mouj Muscat the residential enclave in the west of Muscat.

Kempinski Muscat (Artists concept)
Kempinski Muscat www.woodsbagot.com (Artists concept)

Like AlMouj, the Kempinski Muscat’s ultimate owner is Oman’s government though Omani Hospitality Company. Set on the community beach that extends for a couple of kilometres towards AlMouj Golf, the PGA Continue reading “Kempinski Muscat should open late 2017”

Omans Salam Air to start Dubai flights

Oman’s Salam Air will be commencing flights to Dubai

Salam Air Salalah
Salam Air Salalah

on the last day of February 2017. There will initially be 2 flights in either direction at initial published prices from Rial Omani 21.600 one way (check for lower promotional pricing). Salam Air will be one Continue reading “Omans Salam Air to start Dubai flights”

Oman’s Roads are better than Britain’s says report

With a Tax spend towards car transport of GBPound33Billion the United Kingdom still lags behind countries in The Gulf in terms of their repair state

Muscat Nizwa Road Oman
Muscat Nizwa Road Oman

with the UAE rated as Continue reading “Oman’s Roads are better than Britain’s says report”

Oman’s Top 5 things to do in March 2017

With the days still not too hot and the evenings pleasantly warm March is a fantastic time to get out and about in Oman.

Starting the month off is a concert with one of the concert world’s greatest performers, Anna Netrebko and a rising star Yusif Eyvazov.

Royal Opera House Muscat
Royal Opera House Muscat

Any performance at the Royal Opera House is worth attending but this one should be stellar and has very limited seat availability Continue reading “Oman’s Top 5 things to do in March 2017”

Eleven new tourism accommodation plots allocated in Oman

Oman’s Ministry of Tourism has issued agreements for the development of 11 tourism accommodation projects throughout the country.

Leading the way is a substantial plot to be developed by the Oman Government’s ‘Oman Investment Fund’. The size of the plot in Al Jabal Al Akhdar, 73,367sqm is comparable to the plot developed by an Oman pension fund and operated by Anantara and about 50% of the land area available to Alila, the new property will be the mountain’s 3rd luxury hotel. Al Jabal Al Akhdar’s room offering has grown from a single 22room hotel in 2011 to 4 hotels with 10times the number. The government intend

Al Jabal Al Akhdar
Al Jabal Al Akhdar

the mountains of Al Jabal Al Akhdar which Continue reading “Eleven new tourism accommodation plots allocated in Oman”

President Rouhani to visit Sultan Qaboos on Wednesday 15th February

Iran is rapidly become a key element in Oman’s economic and political future. On Wednesday 15th February 2017 Iranian President Rouhani will pay a brief visit to Sultan Qaboos in the morning before flying to Kuwait, which is the next chair of the GCC. Both Oman and Kuwait have important Shia Muslim populations, in Kuwait these are focused in business; my employer in Saudi whose family is Shia being perhaps the largest private company in Kuwait.

President Rouhani to visit Sultan Qaboos
President Rouhani to visit Sultan Qaboos

In Oman however Continue reading “President Rouhani to visit Sultan Qaboos on Wednesday 15th February”

Ad Duqm Port and Economic Zone

The new port at Ad Duqm, some 500kms by road south of Muscat is rapidly becoming the most active economic area in Oman. From a town that a few years ago had no Bank, it was developed by the Oman government

Oil Tankers Oman
Oil Tankers Oman

in co-operation with Koreas Daewoo into a dry-dock to take advantage of the tankers and container ships that use the sea route about 50kms off the port. Since then Continue reading “Ad Duqm Port and Economic Zone”