UNESCO sites of Bat, Al Ayn and Al Khutm

In north-western Oman are the ancient tombs and monuments associated with the UNESCO sites of Bat, Al Ayn and Al Khutm. UNESCO’s International Council on Monuments and Sites describes Bat as ‘the most complete and best-known site of the 3rd millennium BC’.

UNESCO - Bat Tomb - Oman
UNESCO – Bat Tomb – Oman

The sites were inscribed Continue reading “UNESCO sites of Bat, Al Ayn and Al Khutm”

Archaeological Site of Salut in Oman

Salut Oman the archaeological site is some 26km southwest of Bahla in northern OmanIt may well turn out to be at the centre of the most important archaeological location in Oman. However, it’s hardly known and is, at the moment, not ‘open’ for casual visits. If entry is permitted I have included it in my updated Bradt Guide to Oman, below.

Archaeological Site of Salut - Oman
Archaeological Site of Salut – Oman – scale see people on hill.

The site is at the flood plain formed by Continue reading “Archaeological Site of Salut in Oman”

Oman’s Top 5 to do June

June though its mid-summer is often not as searing as May, though that’s often because the rise in humidity also drops the temperature so Oman’s Top 5 to do June takes that into account. This year June is the month of Ramadhan when many hotels offer special meals after dusk. So here are the top 5 things to do in June in Oman.

Bowling at Fun Zone - Muscat Oman’s Top 5 to do June
Bowling at Fun Zone – Muscat

Indoor bowling included in Oman’s Top 5 to do June as its a great activity during Ramadhan as Continue reading “Oman’s Top 5 to do June”

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”

12 Days of Christmas in Oman Day Twelve

Day Twelve in Oman coincides with New Years Day. What better start to the New Year than to see the sun-rise on the year’s first day and what better place than at Ras Al Jinz Arabia’s most easterly place.

SunRise Ras Al Jinz Oman
SunRise Ras Al Jinz Oman

The promontory Continue reading “12 Days of Christmas in Oman Day Twelve”

My Lucky Weekend

in Muscat

What a weekend full of good fortune I could pass on.  On Saturday Jojo Bird of ‘What’s Happening Muscat, Oman?‘ tagged me to say that I had just won a great prize of an HTC phone from eSaver in Muscat- the first prize I’ve won in soooo many years living in Oman. JoJo had told the group the day before about a Philipino teacher who had just died of cancer leaving 6 young children without a parent. Continue reading “My Lucky Weekend”

Throw Down the Anchor

your guide to Muttrah Souq

If you have ever wandered around Mutrah Souq and wondered about its history the book Thrown Down the Anchor is a great read. Its full of personal recollections of the time, not so long ago, when the souq was the hub of all things commercial in the Muscat area.

Throw Down the Anchor
Throw Down the Anchor

Fortunately it includes all personalities Continue reading “Throw Down the Anchor”

Camilia Restaurant Ruwi for Dinner

Since the area is still quiet we took a meal in Ruwi’s Camilia Restaurant before work starts again tomorrow . This is probably one of the longest established restaurants in Oman. Its changed management several times I suspect and the current operators must be the best there has been.

Camilia Salad
Camilia Salad

From the remarkably genuine Continue reading “Camilia Restaurant Ruwi for Dinner”

Rumba Lattina Restaurant at The Cave

We arrived after Iftar for a meal at The Cave, Muscat’s newish restaurant complex (intended to have numerous themed dining choices). Currently there are two choices of venue, one with a buffet that seemed to have been cleared – so we had no choice but to walk to the single option open, which was Rumba Lattina.

The Cave Rumba Lattina exterior
The Cave Rumba Lattina exterior

As there did not appear to be any service offered outside this restaurant we ‘chose’ to sit  Continue reading “Rumba Lattina Restaurant at The Cave”