Along with the recent cool (very cold if you live in Muscat) weather we had another unexpected visitor.
ACE Study Tours arrived into nice pleasantly warm sunny weather.
We travelled into Nizwa and enjoyed Continue reading “Christmas visitors into Oman”
A new museum space has opened as part of the Land of Frankincense Museum.
The focus of this new opening is Oman’s maritime heritage and with the existing history hall, they create the nicest Museum in Oman. The museum also has Continue reading “Land of Frankincense Museum”
This week has not only been one celebrating the National Day of Oman but it has had a preponderance of glamorous mechanical equipment on the streets and skies. First off were Britain’s Red Arrows. They come to Oman on a regular basis and perform over the main beach in Muscat.
The attraction is Continue reading “Harley-Davidson Owners Group in Muscat”
Al Bandar in the Oman Shangri-la resort was the venue for the Oman Equestrian Federation annual presentation ceremony and I was delighted to sit down and enjoy the evening.
Oman has a thriving interest in Equestrian affairs and I enjoy the chance to Continue reading “Oman Equestrian Federation”
The Holy Month of Ramadhan is a time of abstinence and a period of great joy in Oman and throughout the Islamic world. Throughout the month the daylight fast is broken with ‘Iftar’ which for many men is a light meal eaten as a large gathering in the mosque
in a similar fashion to the meal enjoyed by Prince Charles Continue reading “Ramadhan in Oman”
Though the cyclone & heavy rain in Oman during 2007 was a shock, it was extraordinary to then holiday in Britain during some of its worst flooding for many years. Fortunately, apart from a short visit to St Antony’s College in Oxford, I was well away from the flooding. This summer two similar collections of Islamic Art were exhibited in London Continue reading “Islamic Art in London”
Mid-month I drove down to Salalah from Muscat and back. Stopping at the Oryx reserve at Jaluni I was amazed that,
like camels, the Oryx are born during the heat Continue reading “Salalah mid summer trip”
Cyclone Gonu had its greatest impact in Muscat after dark on Wednesday. This also coincided with high tide in the Gulf of Oman near Muscat.
Some roads were badly Continue reading “Cyclone Gonu immediate impact”
Passing parallel to the coast of Muscat Oman around 13.00hrs on Wednesday 6th June Cyclone Gonu was vigorous and vast;
here NASA caught the Cyclone 2 days ago Continue reading “Cyclone Gono arrives off Oman”
In early May, I drove down to Salalah and camped overnight on the edge of the Empty Quarter desert.
Therefore, to urgently rectify Continue reading “Nature in Dhofar Oman”
The April heat of Muscat made it great to ascend to the cooler heights of Jabal Akhdar and join Professor Reginald Victor and Mrs Victor with the Environment Society of Oman on a visit to several areas that are included in his long-term study of the ecosystem of Jabal Akhdar.
He is so enthusiastic about his subject and managed to include Continue reading “Jabal Akhdar Oman”
Visiting the extremities of Oman is something I enjoy, for both Musandam and Dhofar have unique scenery and culture.
In Dhofar we were expertly guided along the slopes of the massive escarpment of Jabal Samhan. Following little used paths, we walked up the mountain slopes under good cloud cover that created ideal walking weather. Our route was along old camel tracks, perhaps originally used to transport frankincense from the valleys behind the escarpment. Wild animals also use these pathways we saw scat and spore showing the overnight journeys of animals.
Our trip was in search of honey Continue reading “Omani Honey Hunt”
The Historical Association of Oman organised a great day for members away from Muscat.
Our first stop was at Continue reading “Visit to Al Hazm Fort and Bat”
Oman’s only train was the target of the Environment Society of Oman as we travelled to enjoy Hoota Cave and Bait Al Safah near Al Hamra.
The cave is Continue reading “Hoota Cave and Al Hamra”