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”

SUR PORT Oman looks ready for construction to create another port in Oman focused on raw material trade

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 readingSUR PORT Oman looks ready for construction to create another port in Oman focused on raw material trade

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 will be found), 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”

Shangri La in Oman repositions its hotels branding

Shangri La in Oman the Sultanate’s first resort, and possibly most successful hotel property, is on the verge of being ‘repositioned’

Shangri La in Oman's Al Waha
Al Waha Shangri La

regarding its Branding. The Shangri La in Oman’s Barr Al Jissa Resort and Spa is probably the key hotel in Oman, and Continue reading “Shangri La in Oman repositions its hotels branding”

OMAN VISA application process is updated changes by Oman's Royal Oman Police to the tourist visa application process in Oman

Visiting Oman? Read on.

As of 18th March 2020 the entry of all non-Oman Nationals into Oman has been banned. as detailed in the local newspapers.

Earlier the issuing of all tourist visas was suspended.

You can contact the issuing authority, the Royal Oman Police, on this Oman number 24290942  24290827 .
You can follow the news in Oman about the CoronaVirus through Twitter site @OmanVSCovid19

Below are the procedures to obtain a visa, when the ban is lifted.

The issuing authority of visas for Oman, the Royal Oman Police have announced that the Oman Visa application process is updated – read what needs to be done to apply for an Oman visit visa, based on their announcement.

Visa Entry & Exit stamps UAE & Oman
Visa Entry & Exit stamps UAE & Oman


The changes mean that the only way
Continue readingOMAN VISA application process is updated changes by Oman’s Royal Oman Police to the tourist visa application process in Oman

Oman Taxi services – new regulations

Oman’s Ministry of Transport and Communications have said that all Taxis (including the original Orange and White unmetered ones) will soon have fares set by the appropriate government authority . The Ministry intends to study supply & demand and operational costs, throughout the Sultanate.
It is reported that vehicles should have a tracking system, presumably

Oman Taxi Marhaba and traditional Orange and White
Oman Taxi Marhaba and traditional Orange and White

a GPS based one, along with a navigation system, perhaps Continue reading “Oman Taxi services – new regulations”

Oman Guide Book for 2018 ‘Exceptional Places’

Oman has been included in Bradt Guide’s 2018 ‘Exceptional Places’ and the Bradt Guide to Oman is now available worldwide.

This annual listing is a recommendation of those countries, cities or regions that Bradt, the award-winning guidebook publisher, feels should be visited.

Royal Opera House Muscat
Royal Opera House Muscat

This year’s exceptional places include Continue reading “Oman Guide Book for 2018 ‘Exceptional Places’”

OMAN UAE BORDER CROSSING how to travel into Oman from Al Ain UAE - with maps below

The UAE and Oman border crossing between Al Buraymi in Oman and Al Ain in the UAE have new border facilities announced by The Royal Oman Police. These are effective from 18th May 2018.

Al Buraymi Gate
Al Buraymi Gate

I list all 3 of the Oman UAE Border Crossings in Al Ain below – with Maps. I also give links for Oman Visa, Bus information, Insurance needed for Oman and British Embassy Oman Travel page.

UAE and Oman border crossing changes announced that 

The Sa’ara border point Continue readingOMAN UAE BORDER CROSSING how to travel into Oman from Al Ain UAE – with maps below