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Sand blasted arrival into Salalah

Throughout much of Oman the annual weather can be described as hot or scorching ; however on the southern coasts the summer monsoon, called locally the “Khareef”, brings changes.

Sand Storm on road to Dhofar
Sand Storm on road to Dhofar

As I drove down to Salalah from Muscat in early July the first hint of a change comes with what on the face of it might be a snowstorm Continue reading “Sand blasted arrival into Salalah”

Guno rebuilding progress and new CEO at Oman Air

The government will shortly start the building of 700 new homes for the residents in the Qurayyat area of Oman whose homes were devastated by the cyclone Guno and where portacabins were erected shortly after the cyclone last year .

Quriyat portacabins after Guno
Quriyat portacabins after Guno

The cost of many 10s of millions Continue reading “Guno rebuilding progress and new CEO at Oman Air”

Oman’s date harvest

For several weeks, the skies above Muscat have been a pale brown as we have been sitting under a dust haze. At times the entire country has been affected – on a drive of 1000 kilometres to Salalah a few weeks ago the tone of the sky hardly changed throughout the journey.

Nasa Dust June 2008
Nasa Dust June 2008

NASA (where I obtained the image from) has up-loaded the cause of Oman’s latest dust arrival Continue reading “Oman’s date harvest”

Arabian Leopard in Dhofar

The advancing monsoon was descending on Salalah as I spent time there with Hadi Al Hikmani whose passion and work is with Arabian Leopard. His family keep an extraordinary number of goats below the mountains and they are a potential prey  of the Leopard.

Hadi checking scat
Hadi checking scat

During a six-hour trek through the mountain’s of Dhofar Hadi expertly Continue reading “Arabian Leopard in Dhofar”

Salalah to Muscat

Driving back from Salalah to Muscat along the main road is usually a tedious journey; this time it was quite eventful. The static on the radio announced the storm well before it appeared.

Broken Electricity Poles near Nizwa
Broken Electricity Poles near Nizwa

Ferocious winds and heavy rain swept over the landscape near Nizwa and snapped Continue reading “Salalah to Muscat”

Dhofar Oman

Driving south to Salalah from Muscat I enjoyed seeing some of Oman’s summer bird migrants on the coast.

Bruces Green Pigeon Salalah
Bruces Green Pigeon Salalah

Several pairs of Red Billed Tropic Birds and a flock of Continue reading “Dhofar Oman”

Al Bustan Palace Hotel

I had a nice preview of the changes at Al Bustan Palace during the hotel’s refit. I arrived in Muscat in 1986 just after the initial opening of Al Bustan Palace and then lived for many years in Al Bustan village next to the hotel. Though I have moved a few kilometres away its always been like dear friend and neighbour.

Al Bustan Palace bedroom preview
Al Bustan Palace bedroom preview

The hotel, scheduled to re-open later in 2008, Continue reading “Al Bustan Palace Hotel”

Walk in the Najd of Dhofar

With cloud cover increasing over the Dhofar coast of Oman I took time to trek through the barren landscape of Dhofar, not on the coast but in the barren mountains towards the desert.

Frankincense Tree Najd Dhofar
Frankincense Tree Najd Dhofar

Here we passed Frankincense trees rustling in the wind and occasional Fan Tailed Ravens but little else of substance. Continue reading “Walk in the Najd of Dhofar”