Tropical Cyclone Mekunu approaches Dhofar Oman

A Tropical Cyclone named Mekunu, has formed 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 will 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 65kmph combined with the barrier formed by the high coastal mountains which are at least 1,000m above the sea,  will mean that rainfall on the sea-facing mountains will be intense. Landfall is likely to be Continue reading “Tropical Cyclone Mekunu approaches Dhofar Oman”

Shangri La in Muscat repositions its hotels branding

Omans first resort, and possibly most successful hotel property, is on the verge of being ‘repositioned’

Al Waha Shangri La
Al Waha Shangri La

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

Oman Visa application process is updated

Visiting Oman? Read on…
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.

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

Initial newspaper reports on Feb 18th gave Continue reading “Oman Visa application process is updated”

Oman & Jordan guided small group tour

It’s always a pleasure to travel leading a small group tour. Zegrahm Expeditions, acclaimed for their exceptional programs, have included a guided small group tour to Oman & Jordan with me in their new tour program.

Chedi Muscat Cabana poolside
Chedi Muscat Cabana poolside

The size of the group enables us to organise experiences that may not be available for an individual traveller. However, a small group usually does allow flexibility to Continue reading “Oman & Jordan guided small group tour”

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.
Its reported 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 in Bradt Guide’s 2018 ‘Exceptional Places’

Oman has been included in Bradt Guide’s 2018 ‘Exceptional Places’ and the Oman Bradt Guide 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 in Bradt Guide’s 2018 ‘Exceptional Places’”

Holidays in Oman 2018 and 2019

When visiting Oman, public holidays and the weekend are different from those in ‘western’ countries. Read on www.TonyWalsh.me

Mosque interior
Mosque interior

The weekend is on Continue reading “Holidays in Oman 2018 and 2019”

Oman Budget 2018

Oman has created its 2018 Budget, an increase from 2017 proposed figure of 11.7Billion Omani Rials (30.5BillionUS$appx) to 12.5Billion Omani Rials (32.5BillionUS$appx)an increase of 6.8%. Oman’s GDP is hoped to increase by 3% in 2018.

Central Bank of Oman - Muscat
Central Bank of Oman – Muscat

Income is anticipated to rise Continue reading “Oman Budget 2018”

New UAE and Oman border crossing changes at Al Ain

The Royal Oman Police, who are responsible for all aspects of immigration and emigration from Oman have announced new border facilities between Al Buraymi in Oman and Al Ain in the UAE from 18th May 2018.

Al Buraymi Gate
Al Buraymi Gate

“The Sa’ara border point Continue reading “New UAE and Oman border crossing changes at Al Ain”

Tour of Oman 2018 dates

The organisers of the Tour of Oman cycle race have announced the dates for 2018, and with only 6 weeks to the start – planning for your visit to Oman to see it needs to start immediately.

Tour of Oman 2014
Tour of Oman 2014

The lead up has been full of events, the most dramatic being the resignation of the legendary Eddy Merckx from the organisers Amaury Sport Organisation.

Continue reading “Tour of Oman 2018 dates”