Airbnb took Six Strangers from around the world and sent them on the first Airbnb adventure where you can “ditch the tourist trails and go deeper with wildly unique adventures around the world”. Where would Airbnb send them? 24 hours later they landed in Continue reading “Airbnb Adventures in Oman with Six Strangers from around the world“
Bayt Ar Rudaydah Castle was constructed by Imam Sultan bin Saif bin Malik Al Ya’rubi, a ruler of Oman who died in 1680 AD.
It’s a typical fortified mansion in Oman, with the main building having Continue reading “Bayt Ar Rudaydah in Birkat Al Mawz open to the public“
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’.
The sites were inscribed Continue reading “UNESCO sites of Bat, Al Ayn and Al Khutm”
Salut, Bahla Oman the archaeological site is some 26km southwest of Bahla in northern Oman. It may well turn out to be at the centre of the most important Oman archaeology site.
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.
The site is at the flood plain formed by Continue reading “Salut Fort Bahla Oman Archaeological Site near Bisya is well worth visiting – if its made possible by the Oman government“
June though its mid-summer is often not as searing as May, that’s often because the rise in humidity also drops the temperature; so Oman’s Top 5 things to do June takes that into account. This year the start of June is part of the month of Ramadhan, and probably the 4-6 June will be Eid, so do take that into account when making plans.
So here are the top 5 things to do in June in Oman.
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 things to do June”
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.
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”
Manah Oman has one of the Sultanate’s most complete remaining mud-bricks towns.
About 163kms southeast of Muscat, the mud town is on Continue reading “MANAH OMAN”
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.
The promontory Continue reading “12 Days of Christmas in Oman Day Twelve”
Ten Days in Oman without seeing a Wadi (valley) is unthinkable.
The mountainous areas of the Sultanate are full of dramatic and beautiful wadis, so choosing one to visit Continue reading “12 Days of Christmas in Oman Day Ten”
On the seventh day of Christmas head for the heights.
At 1800 meters above the Sea of Oman are the spectacular pre-historic Continue reading “12 Days of Christmas in Oman Day Seven”
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”
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, written by Maxine Burden. 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.
Fortunately, it includes all personalities Continue reading “Throw Down the Anchor”
Since the area is still quiet we took a meal in Camilia Restaurant Ruwi before work starts again tomorrow. I’ve been a customer since 1986 and guess this is probably one of the longest established restaurants in Oman. I suspect Camilia has had several managers over its history and the current person must be the best there has been.
From the remarkably genuine Continue reading “Camilia Restaurant Ruwi for Dinner”
Michael Gallagher has died on 27th July.
Michael authored The Birds of Oman and Continue reading “Michael Gallagher – 1922-2014”
Tucked away in a corner with Bougainvillea cascading over the wall is one of Muscat’s new Public Services in Muscat – high-tech Japanese toilets.
The lack of public toilets in Muscat Continue reading “Public Services in Muscat”