Oman’s Vehicle Sales in 2013 – over 200,000 sold – where will they all fit

Vehicle sales in Oman continues to rumble around the 200,000 unit mark annually. In 2013 another 204,880 units joined the existing road inhabitants.

Oman Vehicle Sales 2013
Oman Vehicle Sales 2013

For a couple of years sales have been around Continue reading “Oman’s Vehicle Sales in 2013 – over 200,000 sold – where will they all fit”

Strike at Lulu Supermarket

Arriving at the fruit and vegetable counter to get my Clementines weighed I was told firmly, but very politely, by the two Omani staff manning the scales that they were on strike. The staff on strike wore distinctive clothing and were asking for increased wage, bonus and better physical areas to work in.

Strike Action at Lulu
Strike Action at Lulu

Lulu seems to be one Continue reading “Strike at Lulu Supermarket”

Meal at Al Mandoos the Omani themed restaurant.

Though centrally located in Muscat it was a struggle to find Al Mandoos, the Omani themed restaurant in Ghubrah. It was found on the parallel side-road to Shell, just behind a small bakery. The menu had a reasonable selection that allowed choice without overwhelming the decision process.

Al Mandoos Meal in Oman
Al Mandoos Meal in Oman

The waitress kindly gave her suggestions which we took. The food then arrived in startlingly quick time, Continue reading “Meal at Al Mandoos the Omani themed restaurant.”

Meal at Relish Qurm

We decided to have a meal in Qurm and to go for the new rather than old.

Relish is a vegetarian restaurant, well located where the old Al Bustan Bakery was. With a bright cheerful decor and both inside and outside seating, it’s an inviting place to eat. It turned out we were fortunate to get a table on arrival – for those arriving after us had to wait for space.

The menu was almost entirely Indian and so we took a bit of advice and went for one Mexican !!  and two Indian dishes to share. I chose a fruit juice simply based on the name.

Meal at Relish Qurm
Meal at Relish Qurm

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Grand Fish Restaurant

We had a meal at the Grand Fish Restaurant near Muscat City Centre. It’s clearly a popular place, as mid-week all indoor tables were full and doubtless if it wasnt for the rain the outside ones would have been used as well.

Grand Fish Restaurant Soup
Grand Fish Restaurant Soup

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One of Oman’s small Forts and a nice Camel Race

With the nice weather it was great to be able to make a very early start and attend Camel Races on the open plain in Oman.

Camel Race
Camel Race

Some of our Continue reading “One of Oman’s small Forts and a nice Camel Race”

Tripartite deal involving Oman, UAE and Iran to settle Islands Dispute

In what must be one of the more intriguing diplomatic agreements in recent years – Oman, UAE and Iran seem to have made various agreements regarding territory . The Christmas Eve visit by Sheikh Mohammed Al Nahyen into Oman may have been the critical discussion period between Oman and the UAE.

Sultan Qaboos (L) and Hassan Rouhani in Tehran August 2013
Sultan Qaboos (L) and Hassan Rouhani in Tehran August 2013

The islands in The Gulf Continue reading “Tripartite deal involving Oman, UAE and Iran to settle Islands Dispute”

Tour in Oman over Christmas

We took a small group from Steppes Travel on a tour in Oman over Christmas over Christmas.

Al Hamra Oman Tour in Oman over Christmas
Al Hamra Oman

Since I started operating this for The Traveller (British Museum Tours)  who Steppes purchased Continue reading “Tour in Oman over Christmas”

Weather in Oman as we have intense rain

Its usually welcome to have rain in Oman; though it can be heavy and create dangerous flooding.

Jabal Akhdar rains
Jabal Akhdar rains

The forecast was for an intense Continue reading “Weather in Oman as we have intense rain”